Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Bylined to: Mary MacElveen
Why not use the Patriot Act against religious fanatics like Pat Robertson?
VHeadline.com guest commentarist Mary MacElveen writes: Just yesterday in his broadcast on the 700 Club Reverend Pat Robertson called for the assassination of President Hugo Chavez who is the President of Venezuela.
I find this outrageous coming from an alleged man of God.
I find this equally outrageous that a man who believes in the sanctity of all human life would call for this.
By calling for a world leader’s assassination, this proves that he is NOT PRO LIFE, but part of the sick machine that has taken hold of our country in Washington, D.C. where death goes hand in hand with the promotion of their agendas.
Here is the transcript where Pat Robertson calls for this action:
ROBERTSON: There was a popular coup that overthrew him [Chavez]. And what did the United States State Department do about it? Virtually nothing. And as a result, within about 48 hours that coup was broken; Chavez was back in power, but we had a chance to move in. He has destroyed the Venezuelan economy, and he's going to make that a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism all over the continent.
You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that 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 ... This is in our sphere of influence, so 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.”
What I am STRONGLY suggesting to all of you is to call for the revocation of the Christian Broadcasting Networks FCC license.
Pat Robertson states of Venezuela, that they are “controlling a huge pool of oil that could hurt us very badly.”
Let us all remember that this oil belongs to the people of Venezuela and it does not belong to us.
We are not entitled to it, and President Chavez has every right to sell it to whomsoever he chooses.
Inasmuch as Pat Robertson calls President Chavez a “dangerous enemy,” President Chavez has rightfully also called Bush, “Mr. Danger”
* I am asking you to call in to the Christian Broadcasting Network to vent your outrage that this alleged man of God would call for the killing of another.
This proves that the religious right-wing fanatics are NOT PRO LIFE. They are truly the enemy and we only have to look at Bush who. through the help of these groups. became our president.
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to read up on President Chavez and you will see he is a true man of courage for standing up to Bush.
* Tell Pat Robertson that, through sales of CITGO oil, many of the profits go to feed the poor in 1,100 food centers that President Chavez has set up.
What has Bush done to feed the poor here?
Remind him of this fact that Castro gave access to thousands of Venezuelans in his country for free medical care and he did so by partnering with President Chavez.
* Bush has not even addressed the millions that go without health care in this country.
If these are the acts of an enemy, I would not mind being governed by a man who is looking out for the poor and powerless. In fact, I would welcome it.
My praises of President Chavez has been published on VHeadline.com ... if you are not familiar with that site, its main focus is issues and news that face the good people of Venezuela.
From what I have read on VHeadline.com and through participating in it, I can see clearly that President Chavez is a man who leads Venezuela both morally and with compassion.
As one who normally stands up for anyone’s right to free speech, I find Robertson's tirade to be offensive and the equivalent of shouting fire where the end result could be the assassination of President Chavez.
In closing, there is NO finding ‘common ground’ with these zealots and fanatics.
I am of the belief that through actions such as this, they promote terror.
So, why not use the Patriot Act (which I abhor) against these fanatics?
After all, they wanted it; now let them suffer the consequences of it.
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