Bible Thumpin' Whacko Makes Headlines Again

Jeremy McCollum
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Ultra-conservative Christian broadcaster and former Republican presidential candidate Pat Robertson warned citizens of a Pennsylvania town to not turn to God if disaster strikes in their area. Dover citizens had voted the current school board, who supported “intelligent design,” out of office.

Robertson said, “I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city, and don’t wonder why He hasn’t helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I’m not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that’s the case, don’t ask for His help because he might not be there.”

Robertson's TV program, “The 700 Club,” is broadcast around the world daily from Virginia and is translated into more than 70 languages.

A few months ago, Robertson made another stunning statetment, calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is one of President Bush’s most vocal international critics.

Here’s what Robertson said on the August 22 broadcast of “The 700 Club”: “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. And I don’t think any oil shipments will stop. But this man is a terrific danger and the United … This is in our sphere of influence, so we can’t let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine, we have other doctrines that we have announced. And without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil, that could hurt us very badly. We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.”

This begs the question: What kind of Christian calls for the murder of another human being? Doesn’t that defy one of the Ten Commandments, the very foundation of Christian virtues? What is this world coming to?

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