Wednesday, August 24, 2005

"So here's to you, Mr Robertson. Jesus loves you more when you advocate assassination. . ."

Ageing Christian fundamentalist and (bizarrely) one-time serious presidential contender Pat Robertson has caused a bit of a stink by calling for the US to assassinate Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela. I always get confused when Christians advocate murdering people. I won't claim to have read the Bible in its entirety, but I could have sworn that God spells out his feelings on this subject pretty clearly in the first half of the book during that chat with Moses on Mount Sinai.

According to Pat, Venezuela is "a launching pad for communist infiltration and Islamic extremism all over the country". Wooh, sounds scary doesn't it? Communists! Everywhere! Communist Muslims! Oh, nurse, fetch the sedatives!

Then again, Pat also believes that 9/11 was evidence of God lifting his protection of the United States because of its decadence (primarily, "homosexuals"); that liberal judges are a bigger threat to national security than Al Qaeda and (my favourite, this one) that feminism is an ideology that encourages women to "kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians".

All of this would just be funny if it weren't for the fact that this septuagenarian lunatic is an advisor to the Bush camp on many issues.

5 comments:

Rachie said...

*Buries head in hands* Dear God. I knew the Bush administration was in the hands of lunatics, but hadn't fully grasped the reality of the situation.

Citizen Sane said...

To be fair, he's not part of their inner circle, but they need to be seen to "touch base" with people like this to keep the whacko end of the Christian Right happy. I suspect they view him as an embarrassment behind closed doors. Bush gets demonised for his Christianity but he's actually very moderate compared to some.

Anonymous said...

If you understood the liberal pollster game that goes on here you would know that the Christian right is a transient status applied to anyone that supports a conservative issue with no knowledge or consideration of what a persons personal beleifs really are. That how our Liberals rally their cronies to the cause.

Citizen Sane said...

I don't really follow you. Are you saying that the Christian Right doesn't exist? That Pat Robertson isn't part of the Christian Right?

It seems to me that both sides of the political spectrum in the US are equally guilty of lazy generalisation when it comes to assigning political labels. "If you support Bush, you must be a bible-thumping religious maniac". Or "If you support Kerry you're an anti-American communist feminist latte drinker". Blah blah blah. It's all juvenile bullshit.

Doesn't stop Pat Robertson being a deranged loony though.

Anonymous said...

Hi CS, lazy generalizations? No the Bush/Kerry definations are stereotypes that simplify everything for the idiots on both sides of whom will vote. The rest of us are either informed to some degree or simply have emotional idealogical views and do not need to research.

Pat Robertson is a Christian. label him Right wing, fanatic ect. he is simply a Christian with partisian Biblical views. To think he or anyones philosophy will not input their politics is shallow like the stereotypes above.
To me the question is do Christians have a legitimate right to exist and input politics within the perameters of the Constitution. If so, and they hold a traditional line or win back lost footing and that is intolerable to some how can they possibly react? Smear Christians and label anyone that supports a common issue with them as Right wing Christian. Polls are good for that. I am frequently labeled Christian because of some of my views. Even Realist thought I was a Right wing Christian fanatic simply for defending their support of common decency.

By the way I consider Christians Liberal/socialists yet right wing on morality issues. dw