Venezuela’s President Chavez Just One Of Several People Robertson Has Said Should Be Murdered
By John Lofton, Editor
Forgetting, evidently, that there is such a thing as video tape, all the world now knows that Pat Robertson recently called for the assassination, the murder, of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez — though he, at first, denied this, then apologized.
But, the very next day after calling for the murder of Chavez, Robertson denounced murderous violence — by Muslims that is!
Coming out of report showing big bomb going off in Iraq, Robertson says, with a straight face: ‘It does grieve us that every day you read the paper, every single day there is some incident where some jihadist, some fundamental Muslim, is trying to kill somebody, blow up somebody, undermine something. It happens over and over and over again.
‘You know, you go way back in the Bible and we understand that Abraham had a couple of sons, Isaac and Ishmael. And the Bible talks about Ishmael as being a wild ass; he’s just uncontrollable. It’s almost like that seed of rebellion and uncontrolled anger has filtered into these people. There’s an element of hatred and revenge that’s just extraordinary….At the heart of it all, it seems like to me, is just a spirit of violence, hatred and a spirit of murder. I don’t know how we cope with it unless there’s a worldwide revival, a spiritual revival. That’s the only answer I’ve got.’
But, what has not been reported is that Robertson has called for the murder of several other people besides Hugo Chavez. More than a decade ago, on his ‘700 Club’ (2/5/1991), discussing what he called ‘the concept of assassination,’ Robertson said this is forbidden only because of an Executive Order, not a law of Congress. Thus, ‘this is illegal only because the President says it is illegal and he can reverse it.’ Interesting. I thought God said something about not committing murder, something like do not do this.
On another ‘700 Club’ (3/4/1991), when it is reported that a poll showed that by a margin of 76 to 24 percent his viewers said they favor the lifting of the Presidential ban on assassinating foreign heads of state (and disobeying the Sixth Commandment which forbids murder), Robertson exclaims, ‘Good grief! Remarkable!’ He says he will send these poll results to the White House.
On another ‘700 Club’ (2/27/1998), saying it is ‘nuts’ to publicly discuss a possible CIA covert plan to get rid of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Robertson says: ‘There’s one way that you do it…In the State Department they call them the ferrets. And you send the ferrets out, and if you’ve got somebody you can pay, or some suicide bomber that will go up to the maximum leader, embrace him and blow him up, maybe you can do something.’
Then, amazingly, in the next segment of this same program, defending Kenneth Starr, Robertson notes that ‘what people are losing sight of is that there is a Federal statute that makes it a crime to obstruct the work of a prosecutor in a criminal case…that is Federal crime!…it is a crime! The U.S. Code has a section dealing with this very issue. It is against the law!’
Robertson says that what had been alleged regarding President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky is ‘shocking’ and ‘horrible’ and ‘is not a good thing.’ He adds: ‘[The] American people have got to begin to say we must demand moral leadership in this country.’
One day earlier on the ‘700 Club’, Robertson again called for the assassination of Saddam Hussein in a discussion with Paul Surgeon, the President of Robertson’s Regent University.Surgeon is a retired three-star general who fought in the Gulf War. When he says moving against Hussein would not be accepted by the people of the world or the U.S., Robertson notes that there is a Presidential Executive Order against the assassination of foreign leaders. But a Presidential Order can be changed by another Presidential Order.
Robertson again suggests using the previously mentioned so-called ‘ferrets’ against Hussein to ‘try to take him out quietly.’ To which Surgon replies: Well, ‘when you talk about assassination, you really violate the principles for which we stand.’
On another ‘700 Club’ (2/11/1998), noting that we now have bombs so smart they can target a window in a building, Robertson says he sees ‘no reason’ why we shouldn’t target one of Hussein’s palaces and ‘let him know he is hunted,’ that ‘we’re going after him personally’ because he’s a ‘war criminal.’
An interesting aside. In Texas, Karla Faye Tucker was convicted of murdering two people with a pick axe, and was sentenced to death. In jail she became a Christian. But, Robertson repeatedly advocated that she not be executed — even though God’s Law requires the death penalty for murder. But, said Robertson on the ‘700 Club’ (2/4/1998), to put Tucker to death would be ‘almost an act of barbarism.’ She was executed.
In late February of 1998 on the ‘700 Club’, Robertson, again advocated the murder of Saddam Hussein and criticized the State Department for being against this. He said: ‘But I don’t run the State Department — thank the Lord.’ Well, ‘thank the Lord’ indeed, that Robertson doesn’t run the State Department. The last thing we need is for our government to be involved in the murder of foreign heads of state with whom we are not legitimately at war. On one more ‘700 Club’ (4/19/1999), Robertson, when asked by the co-host of his program, ‘why we don’t just go to Yugoslavia, arrest Slobodan Milosevic and try him as a war criminal?’ Robertson said because he has an army protecting him.
‘We can’t go in,’ Robertson said, ‘unless you have someone willing to assassinate him. If we have some person in there who could, essentially kill him in an assassination attempt, it would probably be more merciful to everybody.’ He added:
‘We allow these dictators to bring disaster upon an entire population because we have this stupid doctrine that we refuse to assassinate dictators. You say ‘try him for war crimes.’ We’ll never get him…We’ve got to get over this Executive Order that says we do not do that sort of thing. So, we’re willing to bomb railroad trestles with civilians on board a train.We’re willing to blow up a relief convoy with Albanian refugees and kill 70 or 80 of them. But we won’t do it to one man. And that’s what got to be done.’
Since 1976, a Presidential Executive Order has outlawed our country killing any foreign head of state. It reads in part: ‘No person employed by, or acting on behalf of the United States government shall engage in or conspire to engage in assassination.’Congress has passed a law saying the same thing.
And there are good reasons — apart from obeying God’s Law which is the best reason — for this Executive Order. As Jeffrey Smith, a former General Counsel for the CIA has observed: ‘First, assassination clearly invites a direct retaliation against not only the President, but other senior government officials and private Americans. Second, we have adequate authority to engage in military actions or covert actions involving the use of lethal force without targeting a particular individual for assassination.Third, it is just not in keeping with American values.’
If Slobodan Milosovic has committed crimes deserving death, then he is entitled to a trial, witnesses and evidence proving this prior to his execution.To simply go into Yugoslavia, or anywhere, and assassinate him, is murder. To do this because supposedly, we all know he’s guilty, is the argument of the lynch mob.
It should also be noted that Robertson’s allusion to our being ‘willing’ to bomb civilians in Yugoslavia is a lie.There is no evidence at all that we did this ‘willingly.’These deaths were accidental. They were not assassinations, which is what murdering Milosevic would be.
On a subsequent ‘700 Club,’ Robertson said he wants to be ‘part of God’s plan, whatever that is. ‘Well, amen! All Christians should desire this. But, murder is never part of God’s plan.And it was none other than our Lord who warned: ‘For all they that take up the sword shall perish by the sword.’ (Matthew 26:52.)
Finally, at the beginning of another ‘700 Club’ show (10/10/2002), Robertson read from what he said was a report in an Iranian newspaper calling for the killing of himself, Jerry Falwell and Franklin Graham. To which his son, Gordon, replied, ‘How can they ever say Islam is a religion of peace?’ Said Daddy Robertson: ‘Well, they can’t because it’s a religion that has to do with trying to kill ministers.’
What Robertson did not tell his audience was that the previous month, on the ‘700 Club,’ he called for the killing of Islamic ministers in Iran! On that show, Robertson said Iran was sending money to Hezbollah through Syria, and all kinds of weapons to attack Israel. So, he suggested, ‘we must take down the mullahs.’ With a chuckle he added, in part, ‘As [the Scottish missionary to Africa David] Livingstone said, ‘If you can’t reason with them the next best thing is to kill ‘em.”
So, to quote Scripture (Galatians 6:7), by being threatened now with death himself, Robertson was reaping what he had sowed.No surprise here. It is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself Who says that all those who take the sword shall perish with the sword (Matthew 26:25.) Robertson also seems to have forgotten Proverbs 26:17 which says that those who ‘meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.’
Pat Robertson is an embarrassment to the cause of Christ and to Christians everywhere.
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