Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Americans United: TV Preacher's Call For Murder Of Venezuelan Leader Is Chilling

Americans United: TV Preacher's Call For Murder Of Venezuelan Leader Is Chilling, Says Americans United: "TV preacher Pat Robertson’s call for the killing of a foreign leader is chilling, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

During his “700 Club” broadcast Aug. 22, Robertson lit into President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela as an American enemy that needed to be done away with.

“You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he [Chavez] thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Robertson told his audience. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability.”

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said Robertson’s call for violence should be condemned by American officials.

“It is deplorable for a Christian preacher to go before his vast audience and urge the American government to murder a foreign leader,” Lynn said. “His bloodthirsty commentary is over the top, even by Pat’s rather elastic standard.

“This is just the kind of religious fanaticism that the world does not need more of,” Lynn continued. “President Bush should immediately disavow Robertson and his extremist rhetoric.”

Lynn noted that Robertson has a long history of outrageous commentary, including shrill attacks on Islam. Most recently, Pat has been urging his “700 Club” audience to pray for more vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court so that current justices can be replaced by President Bush with “righteous” judges.

During the same Aug. 22 broadcast where Robertson called for the assassination of Chavez, the TV preacher prayed that God “take control of the court, that you would take control of the confirmation process for Judge Roberts, that you bring about other vacancies on the court….”."

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