August 24, 2005

SUCK IT UP, REV, BE AN AGENT OF GRACE:

Robertson apologizes for assassination call (CNN, August 24, 2005)

After two days of criticism, Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson apologized for his controversial suggestion that the United States should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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

But he compared Chavez to Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Adolph Hitler and quoted German Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer: "[That if a madman were] driving a car into a group of innocent bystanders, then I can't, as a Christian, simply wait for the catastrophe and then comfort the wounded and bury the dead. I must try to wrestle the steering wheel out of the hands of the driver."

Bonhoeffer was hanged by the Nazis for his involvement in a 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler.


Does anyone deny that Bonhoeffer was morally right?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 24, 2005 5:36 PM
Comments

I'll bet George Galloway would.

Posted by: ratbert at August 24, 2005 10:16 PM

Castro and Chavez have invited disgruntled Americans to come and enjoy their hospitality.

Any chance we can set up a reverse Mariel boatlift? Put us down for a couple of bucks to speed up their departure.

Posted by: erp at August 24, 2005 10:35 PM

Well, if Alec Baldwin, Robert Redford, or Sean Penn want to go live in Cuba or VZ, they might be welcome (with their $$$). But the grunge left - no way. Castro and Chavez don't want human shield material wandering around their tropical 'paradises'.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 24, 2005 11:44 PM

Poor Pat Robertson. Having a microphone in his face every day, he gets criticized for saying what we, ourselves, say all the time.

Posted by: Randall Voth at August 25, 2005 3:30 AM
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