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Robertson and Moral Values

Pat Robertson, the famous televangelist, recently said that Hugo Chavez, the head of Venezuela, should be killed. This is the same religious extremist that claims he and his followers helped elect George W. Bush president by stressing “moral values.” Evidently, one of the “moral values” he believes in is killing. Many religious leaders have condemned Robertson’s statement. Officials in the administration, however, have been beating around the Bush about this. “Moral values,” indeed.

Before I go any further, let me make one thing clear. I am not bashing religion. I never do this because I believe every person has a right to figure out for himself what he believes about God. I am, however, dismayed by those who would force their religious views on others. And I am especially irritated by those who, like Robertson, preach one thing and do another.

Here is what the great religious moralist, Robertson, said with reference to Hugo Chavez:

"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."

Does this sound like the statement of a Christian? Is this the way to love your neighbor? Or is it a way to turn the other cheek? After he was denounced by people all over the world, Robertson said on his The 700-Club program:

"I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should 'take him out.' And 'take him out' can be a number of things, including kidnapping; there are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted by the AP [Associated Press], but that happens all the time."

Poor guy. He was misinterpreted and it happens all the time. Maybe he meant kidnapping Chavez - and then killing him?

Now, this is bad enough. Listen to the reaction of a couple of people from the Bush administration:

DONALD RUMSFELD: "Private citizens say all kinds of things all the time. Next question."

SEAN McCORMACK (State Department spokesman):
"I would think that people around the world would take the comments for what they are. They're the expression of one citizen."

George W. Bush, who was elected because he has "moral values" and is a man of faith, does not think it important to denounce Robertson, a prominent leader of the Republican Party when he makes such obviously immoral statements. All any other administration leader can say is that Robertson is a private citizen. Amazing, isn't it.

A good example of faith and "moral values" at work by an administration run by a guy that speaks to God every day. Bush's "moral values" are in the same class as Robertson's "moral values."

Posted by Paul Siegel at August 24, 2005 7:57 PM