Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson has suggested that American agents assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop his country from becoming ``a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism.''
An official of a theological watchdog group on Tuesday criticized Robertson's statement as ``chilling.''
``We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability,'' Robertson said Monday on the Christian Broadcast Network's ``The 700 Club.''
``We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator,'' he continued.
``It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.''
``You know, 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,'' Robertson said. ``It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war ... and I don't think any oil shipments will stop.''
GOI: Obviously this Christian zealot does not know how to read because if he did then he would have the commandment, "Thou shall not kill" burned into his memory. Robertson's demand is illegal since President Ford to Reagan have said assassination of head's of state is illegal.
Robertson's comments are sickenly irresponsible since he is a pillar in the Christian community being the head of the Christian Coalition and the nationally syndciated Christian program, "The 700 Club."
Even more disturbing about his comments is that they mirror extremist Muslim clerics calling for the assassination of western leaders.
He should apologize and retract such incendiary comments and Bush should speak out and condemn these remarks. Especially since Bush has relied heavily on the efforts of right-wing Christian extremists such as Robertson for becoming President in 2000 and 2004.
He needs to distance himself from Robertson's comments.
UPDATE: I've been thinking about this some more and marinating it in my brain while listening to radio shows and I think that he should loose his television license. If we fined CBS big time for the infamous Janet Jackson boob exposure then surely this qualifies for a huge fine and more!
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