Wednesday, August 24, 2005

... Then Robertson (Kind Of, Sort Of) Apologizes For Fatwa, Admits He Was Not "Misinterpreted"

Religious Right leader and former Republican presidential candidate Pat Robertson offered a "clarification" to his fatwa against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez this evening -- which included an apology so full of excuses as to have little value.

In the "clarification," Robertson says he ad-libbed the comment, which he said was made "In my frustration that the U.S. and the world community are ignoring this threat.

"Is it right to call for assassination?" Robertson said in a posting on his website. "No, and I apologize for that statement. I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the man who thinks the U.S. is out to kill him."

Robertson later took credit for giving the government something to think about. "(T)he incredible publicity surrounding my remarks has focused our government’s attention on a growing problem which has been largely ignored."

Robertson also compared himself with "(t)he brilliant Protestant theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer," who unsuccessfully stood up against the Nazis.

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The "apology" came only hours after Robertson, on today's edition of The 700 Club, denied saying Chavez should be assassinated.

ROBERTSON: Wait a minute, I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should, quote, "take him out," and "take him out" can be a number of things including kidnapping. There are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted by the AP, but that happens all the time.

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Perhaps some leaders on the right, who failed to condemn Robertson's original fatwa, quietly reached out to the televangelist. Or maybe Robertson just came to his senses, and the right can continue to ignore the fatwa, and hope this embarrassing episode fades quickly from center stage.

6 Comments:

Blogger AWG said...

Just send a do-na-shun and all will be forgiven.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Democratic Underground:

ROBERTSON: Wait a minute, I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should, quote, "take him out," and "take him out" can be a number of things including kidnapping. There are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted by the AP, but that happens all the time.

Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not kidnap, either.

12:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Democratic Underground:

Thou shall mind thine own business? Seems to me if the Administration would get to fixing the problems in THIS country, poverty, health care, education and everything else, there wouldn't be time for assassinations and illegal wars.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Robertson: "I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the man who thinks the U.S. is out to kill him."

How wrong of Chavez to think that!

The problem is, under Reagan and Papa Bush, the CIA has earned a well documented reputation of hit squads, assassinations and government overthrows in Central and South America.

And Bush Jr. has continued the dirty war. Imagine how we would react to another country treating the US that way.

The worst thing about Robertson's statement isn't that he said it, but rather that it is an accurate representation of the American Government's position on Venezuela.

Why are Bush and his neocon, corporate buddies so interested in Venezuela? The same reason they're interested in Iraq: Venezuela has extremely large reserves of oil. The most important thing is the God-given right of every fat American to drive their SUV to WalMart. I believe that's in the Bible, but I'm not at Robertson's level as a biblical scholar.

And if anyone thinks this administration has any credibility to complain about Chavez's alleged election fraud... bwa-hahahahaha!

Anyway, it's okay. Robertson only meant we should kidnap the elected leader of another country. But why won't they believe us when we say we're only interested in "spreading democracy"?

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Static Brain said...

PAT ROBERTSON: "... You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war, and I don't think any oil shipments will stop, but this man is a terrific danger, and the United States -- this is in our sphere of influence. We can't let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine. We have other doctrines that we have announced, and without question, 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. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with." -- Pat Robertson -- calling on the US to assassinate the President of Venuzuela, Hugo Chavez.

Pat Robertson's call for American agents to assassinate President Hugo Chavez is a "terrorist" statement that needs to be investigated by U.S. authorities... I thought being a minister meant that you taught people about the bible and the word of God. I thought it meant that you were a peace loving person. After all Jesus said that the meek would inherit the earth. Apparently this minister thinks differently, as it appears he sanctions murder, by advocating that the U.S. should assassinate the President of Venuzuela, Hugo Chavez. What further galls me is that the Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld sanctioned this man's comments, by refusing to investigate Pat Robertson for terrorism. But as you can see from reading Pat Robertson's terroristic statement that oil is involved in the dispute. The "oil" is why our so-called administration doesn't care.

After reading his statements there is vomit on my keyboard. This disgusts me. How dare Pat Robertson call himself a man of God. He is nothing but a two-bit terrorist. He ought to be imprisoned at Guantanamo, and held for trial on terrorism charges, and for inciting violence.

The Vice President of Venezuela Jose Vicente Rangel said the U.S. response to Robertson would be a test of its anti-terrorist policy and that Venezuela was studying its legal options.

"The ball is in the U.S. court, after this criminal statement by a citizen of that country," Rangel said. "It's a huge hypocrisy to maintain this discourse against terrorism and at the same time, in the heart of that country, there are entirely terrorist statements like those."

At the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said when asked about Robertson 's comments: "Our department doesn't do that kind of thing. It's against the law. He's a private citizen. Private citizens say all kinds of things all the time."

"I can tell you, if there were other people in this country doing similar kinds of things, if someone advocated an Islamic cleric, for example, in the same level as Robertson, the murder or assassination of Tony Blair in the United Kingdom because of the Iraq war, I can tell you that cleric would be in jail in this country, and they would figure out a way to make the law say that, well, his followers were imminently going to do something about it, and advocating it helped him." -- Michael Ratner, Attorney and President of the Center for Constitutional Rights --

If you or I were to make the comments he made, then we would be charged with domestic terrorism, but sadly enough Pat Robertson will not be charged, as he is a tool for the President, to control the so-called religious right.

He should be imprisoned and tried for domestic terrorism, and inciting violence, and then have to undergo heavy pshychoanalysis. This would be the best way to take him out of the public arena, and minimize damages. He is crazy and he is on the brink of a very slippery slope of sanctioning religious violence.

It is time for us to recognize the underlying evil inherent in the actions of those who "claim" they are religious. There can no longer be any doubt. We Americans are being led down a horrifying path by a group of fanatics bent on a totalitarian dominion. Bush and Pat Robertson of the "so-called religious" right are nothing but a rag tag band of Oil Robber Barons/Pseudo Christian Hoods intent on destroying anything that gets in the way of their profits. This disgusts me. How dare Pat Robertson call himself a man of God. He is nothing but a two-bit terrorist. Bush and Rumsfeld are just as bad. They sanction this so-called psuedo man of God.

1:19 PM  
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