Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Religious Leader Calls for Assassination of Head of State

That headline sounds like some mullah over in Outrageistan calling for the head of President Bush. However, and unfortunately, it is actually the Reverend Pat Robertson calling for the head of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

"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."

First off, I agree that Chavez is an enemy of the U.S. He is an avowed communist. He has chosen to ally himself with Cuban dictator Fidal Castro. He has even made anti-American comments.

Since threatening to cut off oil shipments to the United States, which buys 1.5 million barrels a day from Venezuela, Chavez has been traveling the globe looking for new markets and allies to unite against "the imperialist power." He recently signed energy deals with France, India and China, which is searching for new sources of oil to power its industrial expansion. Chavez also has made a series of arms purchases, including one for military helicopters from Russia.

He even, allegedly, supports terrorists including our buddies in al Queda

Last December a high-level Venezuelan military defector gave sworn testimony that terrorist links exist between al Qaida and the Chavez government. The defector, President Chavez's personal pilot, alleges that one operation involved the transfer of close to $1 million in cash to Osama bin Laden.

Even though I think that Hugo Chavez is a clear and present danger to the United States, I do not think it is, or ever would be appropriate for a prominent religious leader, even an American and a Christian, to openly support the murder of a head of state. All Americans and Christians of good conscience should vehemently denounce Robertson for making such a statement.

Yes, we have the first amendment which protects one's freedom of speech. If Robertson were some shlub cracka on the street saying "Yuk, yuk, I tink we aught to keel that there Cha-vez guy." then yes, that would be stupid, but protected. However, Roberston used his status as a televangelest, a religious leader, through his T.V. program The 700 Club to call for the assassination of the leader of a sovereign nation. That is outrageous. If we are going to get all flustered when an Imam or Mullah calls for the death of the president, we must get pissed when when of ours does it.