Thursday, August 25

THE PAT ROBERTSON IMBROGLIO

The "Houston Chronicle" (registration required), in an editorial in today's edition, engages in a form of assassination of its own in decrying Pat Robertson's call for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. I'm trying my damnest to recall this MSM publication ever rising to the level of indignation voiced in today's effort to execute and bury Mr. Roberstson when a well-known liberal said something deemed similarly outrageous.

Here's an excerpt to give you a flavor:

A man of the cloth and an inspiration to millions, Robertson apparently has discovered a new translation of the Sixth Commandment: "Thou shalt not kill, if it would interrupt oil shipments."

The founder of the once influential Christian Coalition, Robertson heads the Christian Broadcasting Network, which produces and distributes his 700 Club television show. Over the years Robertson has painted a picture of a vengeful God who would send hurricanes to Florida to punish gay people and those who tolerate them. After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Robertson agreed with the Rev. Jerry Falwell that God had allowed the terrorists to strike with such devastation because America had become infested with feminists and gays and abortionists.

Robertson's preaching, tinged from time to time with hints of derangement, has become almost a parody of the Old Testament prophets. That so many people still look up to him is a testament to unreasoning habit.

Robertson's remarks, which unfortunately cannot be lightly dismissed, damage U.S. interests by encouraging Chavez's paranoia regarding the United States. When a man who has the ear of the president of the United States openly calls out for the murder of a head of state, people pay attention.

Notice the way in which the editorialist does a "guilt by association" number on the president. And isn't it meritorious of the Chronicle's editorialist to deign to instruct those who inhabit the lower regions of "unreasoning habit."

Frankly, I'd rather read "ACE" on this subject.


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