Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Former presidential hopeful and current Christian wingnut Pat Robertson called out for the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez during a Monday broadcast of the Christian Broadcast Network's 700 Club.

According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, Venezuela's vice-president, Jose Vicente Rangel, has said Venezuela is looking into their legal options:

"The ball is in the U.S.'s court, after this criminal statement by a citizen of that country," Rangel told reporters. "It's huge hypocrisy to maintain this discourse against terrorism and at the same time, in the heart of that country, there are entirely terrorist statements like those."

Rangel has a point. What's the difference between terrorists and Pat Robertson? Robertson has pretty much issued a Fatwa, no?

"You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if [Chavez] 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."

"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," he continued. "It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."

Nice. A Christian leader is begging for a man's death. Again. In 2003 he suggested dropping a bomb on our own State Department. And he blamed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on homosexuals.

Or was that Falwell? I get the two confused sometimes.