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Meditation 400
Pat Robertson: Hypocrite

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"I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, if he thinks we are trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it."

"This is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil that could hurt us very badly. We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability."

Pat Robertson speaking about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

On 22 August on his 700 Club broadcast, the televangelist Pat Robertson openly advocated the assassination of Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela. I am not a fan of Chavez, I regard him as an anti-American rabble-rousing economically-ignorant demagogue. But Chavez is still the democratically elected leader of his country. He is the leader the majority of voters in his country want. And who is Pat Robertson to call for his cold-blooded murder?

This is the very same Pat Robertson who signed a mining agreement with the bloodthirsty mass murderer and war criminal, Charles Taylor, who was then the tyrant ruling Liberia. And when the Bush suggested Taylor step down in the interest of democracy, Robertson publicly excoriated Bush.

In both cases, Robertson somehow linked regime change to Muslim terrorism. The removal of Taylor would supposedly result in an Muslim takeover of Liberia (it hasn't), and elimination of Chavez would prevent Muslim terrorism out of Venezuela. Yet, guess which of the two shared financial interests with Osama bin Laden? Robertson's business partner Taylor? Or the left wing Chavez? Charles Taylor of course. Taylor was involved in marketing black market diamonds on behalf of bin Laden, diamonds smuggled out of Sierra Leone to finance the ongoing blood bath there.

Interesting connection. But of course, bin Laden issues fatwas calling for people's deaths. So does Robertson. No wonder neither has qualms about dealing with war criminals.

On an earlier 700 Club program, Pat Robertson promoted a a movement which American Christians were urged to "take America back" by hanging the 10 Commandments in public schools. One wonders if Robertson understands the 10 Commandments. I will to take the opportunity to remind Pat Roberson of a couple of them:

6. Thou shalt not kill.

8. Thou shalt not steal.

There is no doubt in my mind. Pat Robertson is a hypocrite.