Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Pat, Pat...

We know, in Christian tradition, there is such a thing as a Just War. But is there such a thing as Just Assassination? And if there is, should Pat Robertson be calling for it?

Good grief.

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson called on Monday for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him a "terrific danger" to the United States.

Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America and a former presidential candidate, said on "The 700 Club" it was the United States' duty to stop Chavez from making Venezuela a "launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."

Chavez has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of President Bush, accusing the United States of conspiring to topple his government and possibly backing plots to assassinate him. U.S. officials have called the accusations ridiculous.

"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."

7 Comments:

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Jeremy D. Scott said...

Hey there-
You said: We know, in Christian tradition, there is such a thing as a Just War.

I'd modify to say: Many say that in Christian tradition there is such a thing as Just War. (Because there are many who say there isn't as well.)

Further, to answer your question:
Sure, Pat Robertson can say that. But he may not be right in saying it.

It's sad that his justification points to money.

F&TC,
- J

 
At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hee Hee Hee. There he goes again. Just about every 3 years, we can depend on Pat to pontificate with some great words of wisdom....

Holly

 
At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat Robertson is getting too much heat for this. Alot of people have said similar statements just not in front of a camera.Did he have a right to say it? Sure he did.He can have an opinion.I wish more Americans would stop being afraid of the media.

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger Thinking in Ohio said...

I don't believe anyone is really afraid of the media... we just want to win the world for Christ. A lot of thinking people out there believe that Christians are idiots, especially "evangelical" Christians. Unfortunately, Robertson just confirms that notion. The only thing worse out there might be the TBN station that bleeds into so many American homes. God help his people!

 
At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking in Ohio, you shouldn't insinuate Mr. Robertson is an idiot or the people on TBN. Namecalling isn't Christian-like.Are you not willing to look like an "idiot" for Christ's name?You seem awful concerned with what the world thinks.

 
At 9:04 AM, Blogger Thinking in Ohio said...

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to insinuate that Robertson was an idiot, only that he appears to be in the eyes of some people.

And Yes, I am concerned about how we appear to the world and to God. We are seeking to "evangelize" the lost, and in order to do so we will have to appear to more than "fools" for Christ. Don't take Paul's writing out of context. He said he was willing to be seen as a fool, but he obviously was not one; and I'm sure he was not considered such at all times by all people. Credibilty is something we should fight for, not discard as "unspiritual" and therefore, unnecessary.

Lastly, I'm not so sure about Robertson, but the "Christian leaders" on TBN are a disgrace to God, that's not name calling, that's simply fruit-inspecting i.e. using our minds and scripture to make a discerning judgment... "by their fruit you shall know them."

 
At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You shouldn't be concerned with how the world views us. Of course they will hate and mock us.You can't please the world and God. I know TBN is zany but I have been helped and encouraged by certain programs. Take The WAy of the Master.There is nothing kooky or embarrassing about it. It is the most biblical and informative Christain teaching I've come across. Have you heard of it? I wouldn't call the folks at TBN unChistian because surely some of them are.I find there is always weeds in the crops no matter where you are. I know many teachings are misleading but I sincerely hope people turn back to the things that please God. Oh,yes,people definitely need to throw their TV's away and read their Bibles.All the answers are there.

 

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