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Ayatollah Robertson Issues Fatwa Against Hugo Chavez

A Glorious Day for Religion.

by Sal Rosken
August 25, 2005

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Ayatollah Robertson Issues Fatwa Against Hugo Chavez
No doubt envious of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's now infamous fatwa calling for the death of writer Salman Rushdie, American Christian Evangelical minister Pat Robertson this week decided to issue his own fatwa calling for the assassination of Venezuela's dictatorial President Hugo Chavez.
 
Declaring the United States could ill afford to spend billions of dollars on another war, the televangelist and diet supplement pitchman, advised members of the 700 Club the US government's covert operatives could, and should, do the unseemly deed of dispatching Senor Chavez, as it would be more efficient and economical than a full fledged Pentagon invasion. This Discount Buyer's Club assassination would presumably leave much more of that after-tax American discretionary income available for donations to the 700 Club Ministry, and the purchase of that yummy Robertson concocted diet supplement.
 
Despite the fact that no one in the US government, or anyone in its agencies actively involved in monitoring events in Latin America, ever suggested an invasion of Venezuela was being considered or even desirable, the Righteous Religious Robertson saw fit to blaze a new trail in modern Christian theology by suggesting the murder of another nation's elected official was the Christian thing to do.
 
What is most striking about this event is not Robertson's suggestion that the world, and in particular the Venezuelan people, would be better off with Hugo Chavez on the other side of the Great Divide, or his implication that anyone seriously trying to impose the completely discredited short term Soviet economic band aids of Collectivization and Land Reform, should be stopped at all costs; what is really significant about this episode is the glorious possibility that the slow, but steady erosion of 229 years of US governmental Secularism, precipitated by the ever increasing influence of bible pounding evangelicals in private communication with the Deity, may be finally coming to an end.
 
This event is hopefully just what the country now needs to reverse the regrettable influence the Religious Right has had upon the present Administration.  While the American public has long been accustomed to the spectacle of the self destructive trajectories of the holier-than-thou crowd as they crash and burn from an assortment of sexual predations, pederasty, embezzlements, and hysterical lachrymose outbursts; even the most cynical of Americans must take note that the advocation of an individual's murder by a Christian evangelical minister represents a new and un-welcomed development in Western Christian theology and religious political influence.
 
One cannot help but wonder whether the members of the Western evangelical brotherhood don't in their heart of hearts envy the Mid Eastern Imams, Sheikhs, Mullahs, and assorted Ulema their totalitarian and oligarchic powers.  Do Americans, even devout Christian Americans, really want America to become a "Christian" nation in the same sense that Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Yemen and Sudan are "Islamic" nations?  Do we really want our Religious leaders choosing from the pulpit those who should be marked for political assassination?  Can Americans afford to have the ill informed, ignorant, and magisterially mystic interfere in our country's relations with other nations?
 
Hugo Chavez may very well need a well administered "attitude adjustment", but it is the prerogative of the duly elected Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government to determine through the democratic political process what this nation's foreign policy should be.  If the Righteous Reverend Robertson wants to concern himself with the likes of Hugo Chavez, let him tend to the dictator's immortal soul, and let the American Polity decide when and how to deliver Senor Chavez's mortal remains to his Maker.

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Michael H. Thomson from Paeonian Springs, Virginia writes:
August 26, 2005
I've mentioned it in one of my articles that I have a friend - now two friends in the little town of Maryville, Tennessee who are complaining that their Baptist minister is proclaiming from the pulpit that anyone who calls themselves a Democrat is not a Christian. Another friend -100 hundred miles north is complaining about the same thing from a Methodist minister. Ayotollah Robertson is not the only preacher issuing Fatwa's.

The good news is that I'm starting to detect an undercurrent that is building in opposition to these mullah tactics. Shortly we may witness the phenomena of some of these jokers being bodily removed from the pulpit clasping on to the pink slip issued by their board of deacons. It can't come soon enough!

Thank you, Sal, for your eloquent treatment of this subject.



Pastor Jonathan Wilson from Chicago writes:
August 26, 2005
When a recognized evangelical leader makes such idiotic comments as Robertson made, ripostes like this article are both expected and completely fair. I have no interest in being defensive of my faith, for that would reduce the dialogue. By presuming as they do to speak for us all, the evangelical priests of the neo-con movement expose us all to the generalized animosities of their critics. Jesus Christ, the very same that exhorted his followers to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44), also warned that every one of us, including the Reverend Robertson, will be held accountable for every careless word we utter (Matthew 12:36).

Brian Mack from Grand Rapids, MI writes:
August 27, 2005
I also want to commend Sal for his even-tempered response to this latest embarrassment to mainstream evangelicalism.

I have stated in previous correspondance to the P.O., my frustration at being forced by the mainstream media into being represented as an Evangelical Christian by nut cases like Robertson, Falwell, and most recently (and most sadly) Dobson. Just as the views of most republicans are misrepresented by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, so too is the disservice done to the vast majority of Christians by these guys. Don't they realize the damage they are doing to the kingdom by such actions?

The irony is that they are the first to speak out against mainstream media, when they themselves are some of the biggest abusers (and profiteers) of it.

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