The 700 Club Death Squad
If it is possible to roll over in your grave then my mother must be pretty damn dizzy this morning on the news that the Reverend Pat Robertson has called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Robertson said Chavez needs some serious killing as his communist leanings are a threat to the U.S. He added that it would be easier and cheaper to send in a sniper team to kill Chavez because using conventional methods could take years and cost millions of lives. (Ten points to whoever names the movie that line is more or less plagerized from.)
My mom was a devotee of the 700 Club, which now runs on the Christian Broadast Network. The few times I saw the show it consisted of Robertson, as host, and some other fellow talking about making the world a better place, they would take calls, pray, all the usual Christian stuff. Now if I had known then that Robertson also called out for people to be killed I would have tuned in more often.
What Robertson's statement does is show that all religious extremist, be they Christian, Jew or Muslim tend to be a little mentally bent. What Robertson did was akin to Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa calling for the death of Salman Rushdie. Not to mention the daily calls for the death of Americans from a wide range of Islamic whackos across the world.
As was pointed out to me by fellow blogger G-Scobe, Robertson's psycho rants will garner worldwide condemnation, while the death threats against Americans are allowed to slide. This is a justified line of thought. Americans should be held to a higher standard.
However, the most bizarre aspect of this incident is that Robertson is still worried about communism. That was so 80s. It's dead and gone. There are a few so called communists governments still alive and kicking, but as a valid form of government that movement died in 1989. Chavez is trying to implement certain communist ideals in Venezuela, nationalizing certain industries, forming death squads, the usual, but who the hell cares. He will not stop selling oil to the U.S. as he has threatened. He needs the money. After all, if you don't pay your death squad members they tend to come after you. Let Venezuela go commie, then they too can become as succesful as North Korea, Cuba and the now defunct Soviet Union.
Come on Pat, get with the times. Call for the assasination of Iran's new president, or any of the 100 terror leaders around the world. While you still would be condemned at least nobody would think you were losing your grip.