I realize that I’m a couple days late on this post, but whatever. It’s been a hectic couple of days here in Bloomington. I figured I would put in a couple cents about this whole Pat Robertson thing, mostly since I’m bored here at work and have nothing better to write about. If you are reading for an update on my life, you’ll get one of those, most likely on Friday.
On August 22, Pat Robertson, a conservative Christian minister with a TV show, made an outrageous and ridiculous claim on The 700 Club. He advocated the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez saying, “You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war.” While I was watching the evening news yesterday, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. At first I thought it was some strange story about how Robertson’s words were misinterpreted, but he definitely plain as day said that American Covert Ops should assassinate President Chavez.
Now I realize that Chavez isn’t the best world leader and that he has completely depleted the Venezuelan economy, but to have a conservative religious figure call for the assassination of a world leader is just flat out dumb; not to mention how revolting and inappropriate most Christians must feel his comments were. Right now, the way I understand it, is that Venezuela and Chavez pose no huge threat to the United States, its citizens and its foreign interests, so I don’t understand why it was even mentioned on The 700 Club.
I don’t know if Robertson realized this at the time, but with this comment, he has mildly damaged the perceived strength of our government to outsiders. Venezuelan Vice President, Jose Vicente Rangel, has challenged our government to take action against Robertson: “What is the U.S. government going to do about this criminal statement made by one of its citizens?” What he doesn’t realize is that the statement that was made was not a criminal statement here in the US, rather an expression of our First Amendment rights as American citizens. Just because Robertson said it doesn’t mean it reflects the beliefs of American policy makers and/or military planners.
Amid all this ridiculousness, last night on The 700 Club Robertson told viewers, “I didn’t say ‘assassination.’ I said our special forces should ‘take him out.’ And ‘take him out’ can be a number of things, including kidnapping; there are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him.” Now not only has a conservative Christian minister called for the assassination of a world leader on national television, but also now he’s lying about what was said. Upon review of the tapes, anyone can see that he outright advocated assassination… and he even called it that (see above).
Not only has he caused a stir around Central America, but also he has stained his image as a conservative Christian minister here in the United States. Way to go, Pat Robertson.
The End-of-the-Blog Rundown
Song of the Day – B.Y.O.B. – System of a Down
Quote of the Day – JUICE!
Current Mood – – Bored
Until the next post…