Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Pat Robertson

I had to hide previous comments so if you have any thoughts of the hate speach then post it here.



Little Green Footballs blog (lgf (link from Instapundit) coined the phrase "anti-idiotarian bloggers" back in 2002. Pat Robertson was one of the inspirations for "anti-idiotarian bloggers". If it were just a "sons of thunder" moment, or a Peter with sword in hand moment a simple "may the LORD rebuke you" would do. Too bad the mass media often gets to use him to discourage everyone of Christian faith and to blaspheme all believers.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:49 PM  

He has issued an apology, after denying that he made the statement in the first place. It is better to deny statements that you make if they are not on film and linked to numerous websites and blogs, not to mention your own show.

I firmly believe that this is what can happen to someone when they are an American first, a Republican second and a Christian third (giving Pat the benefit of doubt). It is very hard to imagine the early church thinking about killing the Caesar or a member of the Senate and Rome in the early days was anything but a Christian state.

Maybe if Evangelicals decentralized what we consider "True Christianity" off of our American political system we could stop thinking about killing a ruler of a different country because he has oil and gas prices are high and he also is an outspoken opponent of the American president. Wishful thinking, I know....

By Blogger Dwight, at 6:33 AM  

Christianity Today has some reaction from evangelicals. This seems to be the most gererous one:

"'I have always held Pat Robertson in the highest esteem, but his remarks today about Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez were at best indiscreet and probably crossed a serious moral and ethical line,' National Clergy Council president Rob Schenck said in a press release. "Reverend Robertson must immediately apologize, retract his statement, and clarify what the Bible and Christianity teaches about the permissibility of taking human life outside of law."

Of great interest, though, is their analysis of Pat Robertson's hypocrisy when a leader supports his own financial interests:

"But it's a mistake to see CBN as Pat Robertson's only source of income. CBN was not, for example, part of Freedom Gold Limited, Robertson's mining operation in Liberia (incorporated in the Cayman Islands with Robertson as president and sole director). Nor was it part of his Creative Energy Co., an oil refinery company. Nor of Robertson's horse-racing interests. Robertson is willing to fight for these interests. He may call for the assassination of Chavez, but he'll brook no criticism of his business partners, even former Liberian president Charles Taylor. "How dare the president of the United States say to the duly elected president of another country, 'You've got to step down,'" Robertson said after Taylor was indicted for war crimes."

What I like best of all is the apt comparisons to an Imam issuing a fatwa!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:07 PM  

Hi, Bill!

Pat Robertson does not speak for all Christians though he may think he does.

I don't see anywhere in the world that Jesus told us to be killing anyone even our enemies. I guess Pat Robertson must not remember that.

His inflammatory words don't help problems much. I understand he may have apologized for the words he spoke, but is he really sorry?

I don't believe he is the spokesperson for Jesus in this latest message and probably has done more harm than good!


Lloyd Michael Fletcher

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:26 PM  

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