August 23, 2005

Open Letter to Pat Robertson

To: Pat Robertson
From: Mitch Berg
Re: Dumb, Dumb, Dumb


I'm not one of those shrinking violet Christians who think that we should keep our faith safely tucked away on Sunday mornings. I don't, can't, won't believe that ones' faith has no place in public life. I'm far from the Christian left, both theologically and politically.

I'm certainly not one of those who habitually parses the statements of even fundamentalist Southern Christian leaders looking for things to consider objectionable. For every dumb thing Jerry Falwell has said and done, there are several countervailing good things.

That being said, please - take your inner Tom Clancy and gag him:

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson called on Monday for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him a "terrific danger" to the United States.

Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America and a former presidential candidate, said on "The 700 Club" it was the United States' duty to stop Chavez from making Venezuela a "launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."

The pisser, Pat, is that you're right to a point; Chavez is a dictator in the making, a Marxist throwback borne into office on a sea of thug shoulders. He's hostile to the US, and and could easily start If he starts suspending elections, we will need to destablize him, and work to get a better, friendlier - and, should be need arise, more democratic - leader into office.

But calling for assassinations in your capacity as as a Christian leader? All you're doing is giving the slavering droogs of the left lots of cheap ammo.

Just stop.

Posted by Mitch at August 23, 2005 12:15 PM | TrackBack

I couldn't agree with you more.

Posted by: David1369 at August 23, 2005 12:10 PM


Posted by: Cindy at August 23, 2005 12:41 PM

Robertson was right in what he said, just wrong to say it publicly.

Posted by: Thorley Winston at August 23, 2005 02:47 PM

Dude's always been a nutball. Always. I've been sick of his shite for years.

Posted by: red at August 23, 2005 04:27 PM

The most interesting thing about this flapdoodle is that the Venezuelan VP shares a name with a prominent NY Demo Congressman. Rangel!

Posted by: Dave in Pgh. at August 23, 2005 07:44 PM

Assassination in the name of Christ! Robertson is definitely treading in dangerous territory if he thinks he has any authority to decide what needs to be done with the leader of another country. His undeserved wealth and fame have led him to believe that he speaks for other Christians. But let's look beneath the surface here. What lies under Venezuela's soil? Lots of oil and the Bush administration wants to get its mitts on it. It could be that Robertson is doing Bush's bidding in rallying the righteous to stand behind him while he attempts to loot another oil-rich country. If they egg Chavez on enough, we'll be sending troops to Venezuela soon.

Posted by: Teena at August 23, 2005 07:55 PM

I didn't think anyone listened to Robertson any more anyway.

Posted by: Eva Young at August 23, 2005 08:02 PM

I couldn't believe that when I read the paper this morning. I understand that people muck up in the public sometimes but this was not a remark made on the edge of that fine line. Assassination. That was a more than a bumble.

Posted by: Carmellita at August 23, 2005 10:13 PM

Jeepers. He's Elmer Gantry. The guys just ringin' his phones. He's been doin' it for decades and STILL the mainstream media falls for it every time, nationwide. He leverages his media exposure, increases his membership, and laughs all the way to the bank.


Posted by: Eracus at August 24, 2005 02:57 AM

The mans a charlatan, hypocrite and a thug. He allies himself with people like Mobutu Sese Seko and Charles Taylor when there's a potential for profit and then he openly calls for the assasination of a popular democratically elected leader.

I guess one mans strongarm dictator is another mans business partner.

And Eracus, while your comments about Robertson are right, there's a more serious aspect to what he said.

We were hit on 9-11 by extreemists who resent the US sticking our noses into the Middle East. The idea that they attacked us because "they hate our freedom" is complete bullcrap and everybody knows it.

Now we have a major Republican figure, a man with considerable influence, power and money, calling for the US to stick it's nose into South American affairs.

He's creating more anti-American sentiment around the world and he's openly inviting more attacks against us.

What I find amusing is you complain about a handful of scruffy anti-war protesters sitting in a ditch in Texas, claim that they are representational of the entire Democratic party and yet you say barely anything about the head of a multi-million dollar tax free organization - a man who is a major Republican contributor and an alleged man of God, inciting violence and anti-Americanism in South America. What's with that Eracus?

The real threat we face is from extreemists like Pat Robertson.

Posted by: Doug at August 24, 2005 08:58 AM

That anyone would define Pat Robertson as a "major Republican figure...with considerable influence, power and money" reveals a degree of ignorance and stupidity that is just plain stunning.

The reason he makes such blatant, inflammatory and irresponsible remarks is because nobody outside the HomeShoppingNetwork audience takes him the least bit seriously. But he sure knows his business -- he waits until Cindy Sheehan and the mainstream media enrages his base, hurls his grenade, sits back to watch the big splash, and then claims he was "misinterpreted" just to keep the ball rolling. Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Next thing ya know.....Cindy says she's coming back. Oh, boy! It just doesn't get any better for the 700 Club; their phones will ring for months.

Pat Robertson is nothing more than the current Idiotarian-in-Chief for both sides of the political spectrum. He represents Republicans even less than Al Sharpton does the Democrats, only he knows the moonbats take him more seriously because he presents himself (gasp!) as a Man of God, which of course he is not, but which of course they hate with a passion, and all of which will of course give this story legs that money just can't buy. He's been doing this for decades; it's his whole business, and the Left takes the bait, hook, line and sinker every time. You gotta hand it to him -- he just stole Cindy's lunch and handed the mainstream media yet another dog and pony show. Woo-hoo!!

Game, set, match.

Posted by: Eracus at August 24, 2005 02:12 PM

I read several months back, in La Prensa or Nuestra Gente (I can't remember which but the article is sitting in my office at work in case I get a Venezuelan asylum case) that Chavez announced in a national radio address that Bush and the CIA have a hit out on him. If you listen, he speaks with the cadences of Jim Jones. He has said that he favors Cuba with Venezuelan oil specifically to spite the US. He's raving lunatic.

While I agree that something needs to be done about this man, Robertson gave credence to his paranoia. If Robertson doesn't have actual influence, he at least has percieved influence and calling for the assassination of any world leader is a bad idea. Someone here is a threat to national security.

Posted by: Courtney at August 24, 2005 06:34 PM

Eracus said,

"That anyone would define Pat Robertson as a "major Republican figure...with considerable influence, power and money" reveals a degree of ignorance and stupidity that is just plain stunning."

You guys wouldn't be where you are today in the House and Senate and quite possibly the White House without Robertson and the Christian Coalition.

I would say you should show a little more respect for the ones created you but honestly, it's a lot more fun to watch you guys eat each other like sharks in chum filled water.

Posted by: Doug at August 24, 2005 11:06 PM

Robertson was a big part of helping Bush win South Carolina. John McCain was absolutely right about Robertson.

Flash has hit the nail on the head about this one. I will be calling Time Warner Cable tomorrow asking them why their continue to air his program.

It's amazing that one of Mitch's commenters will say Robertson was right.

Good for Flash for some moral clarity on this issue.

Posted by: Eva Young at August 24, 2005 11:46 PM

I don't watch the Home Shopping Network, but I do watch Washington Journal on c-span when I get the chance. I can tell you that followers of evangelists like Robertson, if not specifically him, call in regularly. But the call I enjoyed most recently was to Bill Maher on the Larry King show. A woman asked something like "What would Maher do if God spoke to him as he has spoken to her" and his answer was that he'd have to go to Bellview as she should do. Most fundamentalist Christians (and there are millions in this country) would be very upset by his answer. They think that the desired return of Christ rests squarely with the actions of the president. This is no small thing and should be taken very seriously because if Bush is not able to complete his objectives during this term, (which they see as their objectives, too) the far religious right will make sure that the next set of leaders in our country will continue his plan. It takes alot of money to do this and I'm sure it doesn't just come from those who watch HSN.

Posted by: Teena at August 25, 2005 08:16 AM

Egad, Christians involved in the political process? In America?? Horrors.

Posted by: Eracus at August 25, 2005 10:37 AM

I hear that now Robertson is going to start traveling around the country trying to get the 8 Commandments posted in the public schools...

Posted by: Doug at August 25, 2005 09:38 PM

The Left battles back with their own minister and failed presidential nominee, Al Sharpton.

"The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to join peace activist Cindy Sheehan, known as the Peace Mom, on Sunday near President Bush's Texas ranch."

It's clown against clown out there!!

Posted by: Eracus at August 26, 2005 10:46 AM

Isn't praying for the assassination of a world leader "playing God" yourself?? Do you really think God wants an idiot like you trying to play Him?? And last time I checked killing (and especially murder) IS still one of the 10 commandments??

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