Pat Robertson does not speak for me. He should not speak for you, either. I used to merely sigh when people spoke as though Robertson is or ought to be representative of Christianity, like some kind of Protestant pope. Now, I will shudder.
"There was a popular coup that overthrew him [Chavez]. And what did the United States State Department do about it? Virtually nothing. And as a result, within about 48 hours that coup was broken; Chavez was back in power, but we had a chance to move in. He has destroyed the Venezuelan economy, and he's going to make that a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism all over the continent."
"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. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don't think any oil shipments will stop. But this man is a terrific danger and the United … This is in our sphere of influence, so we can't let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine, we have other doctrines that we have announced. And without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil, that could hurt us very badly. 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. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."
Howard, at The Smedley Log, sums up my reaction to this well saying, "On behalf of Christians everywhere, I beg you, please stop talking."
Rob at UnSpace brings up some interesting points that otherwise might have escaped my notice.
"Robertson, if you might remember, was the fellow who supported Liberia's Charles Taylor because Taylor was a 'Christian.' Taylor's actions were so bad, even George Bush was forced to call for him to step down. The UN indicted him for war crimes against neighboring Sierra Leone. Robertson may have had a far less religious reason for supporting Taylor: Robetson and Taylor negotiated a profitable mining scheme that funneled money into Robertson's coffers."
'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. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war – and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.'
"Robertson seems to be more concerned with money than justice and doing God’s will. I wonder if he has forgotten that a man cannot serve two masters, because he will wind up loving one and hating the other (c.f. Matt. 6:24)."