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Televangelist Pat Robertson Supports Liberia Tyrant

Pat Robertson, of “The 700 Club” infamy, supports a bloodthirsty Liberian despot and derided president Bush for not being Christian enough to support Liberian president Taylor. What could have caused such close Christian sentiments between this tyrant and Robertson? A qualifier would be that in February 2002, Taylor declared a national holiday and, according to news reports on Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, prostrated himself on the stage, saying: “I am not your president. Jesus is!” But as with all politics, Christian oriented or not, the focus usually rests on the money trail, and Robertson is familiar with it’s landscape.

Robertson has a rich history with Taylor, including illegal investments in the country’s gold mining dating back to April 1999 (the contracts were not approved by Liberia’s congress per the country’s constitution). All diamond and gold exports have been sanctioned by UN countries since January of 2003; Taylor has been indicted by a United Nations-established tribunal for allegedly backing militias - funded largely by the sale of diamonds - that raped and maimed civilians during the civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone.

Hey Pat, you have some egg on your face. And blood on your hands.

Posted by Stephen VanDyke at July 10, 2003 10:40 AM