Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Assassination: It's The Christian Thing To Do

I bandy about my share of insults, but I reserve the term "crackpot" for people who really ARE crackpots. ("Crack" + "pot" = ... hmmm, there's some drug-addled significance there, apropos of something. But I digress.) Calling someone a "certifiable crackpot" is not something I think should be taken lightly.

But then again, neither is calling for the assassination of a sovereign leader that you disagree with.

Pat Robertson is a certifiable crackpot. There, I said it.

Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America and a former presidential candidate (of whom Al Franken did a killer impression of on "Saturday Night Live" a bunch of years ago), called for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, here.

"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."

Let me flip through my Bible here ... plagues, locusts, thou shalt not, thou shalt not-- ah, here it is. Exodus 20:13. "Thou Shalt Not Kill." Now gee, there's gotta be a footnote here somewhere carving out exceptions for political threats ... nope, can't find one. Sorry, Pat.

"We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator," Robertson continued. "It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."

Wouldn't it be even easier to have someone escort Rev. Robertson to the looney bin, where he belongs?

posted by Gary @ 12:17 PM


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