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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Robertson apologizes, well sort of...

Yesterday Pat issued a half-ass apology for calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. His apology went something like "I know it's a slow news cycle in August, but I'm sorry for calling for the assassination of Venezuela's Dictator Hugo Chavez..." As I see it, by calling Chavez a "Dictator" (which I'm not aware of too many dictators that were democratically elected) he is essentially trying to suggest that even a "low life" worm like Chavez doesn't deserve to be murdered. Regardless of what you think of Chavez, he is legitimately elected, period. Therefore the term "dictator" does not apply.

So what's next for Robertson and the radical right element of the republican party? Will they continue to issues "fatawas" calling for the murder of foreign heads of state? Or will they start turning their focus closer to home? Call me crazy, but just maybe Americans will be next? Could you see Pat and his devout followers praying for the assassination of Hillary Clinton? Unless of course she is running for President against John McCain, and then Robertson could call for the assassination of both Clinton and McCain.

Is it just me or is it incomprehensible that a "man of god"would EVER go on TV and call the for the murder of a foreign leader, or anyone for that matter? Hopefully we are living in the "high water mark" for the radical religious right in our country, but is it really too far of a stretch to think that they (Dobson, Robertson, Falwell, et. al) will eventually advocate violence against Americans? Especially if the political tides start to shift in favor of a more moderate or even (gasp) liberal direction?

3 Comments:

  • At 8/26/2005 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Bush Administration didn't denounce the comments by Chavez. I believe the State Department said the comments were "not appropriate" or something. With Bush's approval rating even lower than Nixon at this point in his Presidency, I guess all Bush has left is his "bowl of nuts", so he's got to stick with them.

     
  • At 8/26/2005 4:05 PM, Blogger zen said…

    Robertson has is essence called for voilence in America. Didn't he say something about bombing Foggy Bottom?
    http://edition.cnn.com/2003/US/10/09/robertson.state/

    Robertson reinforces himself irrelevant. But you make a good point. What's to stop one of his deranged followers from taking action that he has endorsed? This is exactly why the Right needs to publically, and permanently distance themselves from this rhetoric, or they will be guilty by association. Instead they tend to keep crazies like Robertson around as a useful idiot that can smear others, and yet still deny his influence.

     
  • At 8/27/2005 9:18 AM, Blogger Bassizzzt said…

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