Thursday, August 25, 2005

The new crusade

You would have thought that after many hundreds of years, some members of the Christian fold would have softened somewhat on the subject of murdering others "In the name of God." Pat Robertson is a shining example of how the religious right's extreme crusader mentality can do nothing but embarrass and hurt our country.

I'm sure you've heard it by now... Robertson, once again, proclaims from the safety of his television studio that someone has to die because they don't jibe with his views. The Washington post has an excellent article on the subject here.

This isn't the first time Robertson has sent down a fatwa calling for the removal of someone (or many someones) he sees as standing in the way between him and a truly holy, white-washed, sanitized America. Most recently, he spent a lot of time praying about the Supreme Court.

What we're seeing here is yet another example of hypocrisy in extremist conservative Christianity. When Bush in 2003 asked Liberian President Charles Taylor, indicted for war crimes, to step down, Robertson's response was:

How dare the president of the United States say to the duly elected president of another country, "You've got to step down."

It's no small surprise he feels this way, considering his huge investment in Liberian gold mining. Strange that he feels so strongly about supporting the overthrow of other world leaders, namely those who openly oppose the Bush Administration.

Simply put, Venezuelan oil is a challenge to the Bush administration's attempt to corner the market on fossil fuel. They tried to incite the Venezuelan people to vote out (i.e. "overthrow") Chavez in recent years. This failed to happen. Bush administration heap big annoyed, and meat puppets like Robertson continue to toe the party line, spewing talking points with a dangerous edge to the paranoid shut-ins of America.

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