Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson has called on-air for American operatives to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying it would be “cheaper than starting a war ... and I don't think any oil shipments will stop.” Among other things, Mr. Robertson accused Mr. Chavez, a personal friend of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, of wanting Venezuela to become “a launching pad for communist infiltration” and “Muslim extremism.” Mr. Robertson has made controversial statements in the past. In October, 2003, he suggested that the U.S. State Department be blown up with a nuclear device. He has also said that feminism encourages women to “kill their children, practise witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” (Associated Press, August 23, 2005)
Sigh. While this blog is concerned largely with global music culture, we couldn't let this one pass without comment. Mr. Robertson has lost his way, and needs a What Would Jesus Do? refresher course. Even if you're not a student of the Bible, these biblical references might sound familiar:
- "Thou shalt not kill."
- "...do not plot evil against your neighbor"
- "...love your neighbor as yourself."
- "But I say, if you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the high council. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell."