Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Pat Robertson

...Never ceases to amaze me with his ability to one-up his previous asinine comments. In this article, he calls for the US to assassinate Hugo Chavez, the democratically elected president of Venezuela. Why? To prevent it from becoming "a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism." What a jackass. First, communist infiltration? Let's be clear, Chavez is a leftist friend of Fidel Castro, but is anyone really concerned about communist infiltration anymore? Doesn't that seem, like, so 30 years ago? And even better, MUSLIM EXTREMISM? Venezuela is an ardently Catholic country (like 96% of the population) - maybe the Vatican is going to be next!
I'd like to be able to purely blame Robertson for this, but he's harnessing the rhetoric of the Bush Administration, which has used "Muslim Extremism" as a punching bag to promote their own objectives around the world. So I'm not surprised that Pat Robertson is doing the same.

Update [2:12pm]: Venezuela takes Pat Robertson seriously!

Update Redux [4:00pm, next day]: Pat Robertson trips over himself from furiously backpedaling!

Update x3 [7:42pm]: Pat Robertson apologizes, admits he actually said what was clearly on videotape.

3 Comments:

At 4:47 PM, Blogger romeotheBT said...

Maybe we should tell Pat Robertson that there is an opening for a deacon at the Westboro Baptist Church. Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Jesus teach us to turn the other cheek... not to assassinate people.

 
At 8:50 PM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

So true! I just don't get where this even falls within the purview of his show. What is he doing discussing foreign policy anyway? I mean, I can sort of understand the Operation Supreme Court Freedom stuff (although it's tragic) but I just don't see what Hugo Chavez has to do with anything 700 Club-ish.

 
At 8:51 AM, Blogger romeotheBT said...

Maybe he should ask himself... "What Would Jesus Do?" Jesus would mow Chavez down in a reign of biblical fury!

 

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