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The dangers of holding Pat Robertson to a higher standard... - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
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The dangers of holding Pat Robertson to a higher standard...
I'm serious. Pat Robertson is to my mind nothing more than an evangelical "Shock Jock" that only weak minded individuals take seriously. I used to listed to Howard Stern and I occasionally listen to Rush Limbaugh. America would be better off as a whole if more people placed Pat Robertson into this category and did not ascribe any greater theological importance to his opinions... not that this change will occur overnight.

Forgive, but don't forget. When his name comes up, go ahead, mention that this is the man who called for a political assassination, denied it, and later apologized only after having been faced with recordings of his own statements. Don't discredit him as an individual, rather reclassify him as very entertaining in a class with so and so and not to be taken too seriously.

The following excerpts are from this article:
http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20050824164209990018

Robertson Apologizes for Chavez Comments
Televangelist Said U.S. Should 'Take Out' Venezuelan Leader


That line in the article is in error. That's the excuse he made when he was trying to deny having used the word assassination. Even then it is all semantics, not too many people are likely to believe he really meant buy him dinner or take him out dancing.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Aug. 25) - Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson apologized Wednesday for calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, only hours after he denied saying Chavez should be killed.
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On Monday's telecast of his Christian Broadcasting Network show "The 700 Club," Robertson had said: "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." He continued: "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."
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On Wednesday, he initially denied having called for Chavez to be killed and said The Associated Press had misinterpreted his remarks. "I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should 'take him out,'" Robertson said on his show. "'Take him out' could be a number of things including kidnapping."
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On Tuesday, the State Department called Robertson's remarks "inappropriate."


I sincerely doubt the state department would have even commented if Howard Stern had made the same comments, but then again if they had commented, the FCC would have probably done something more extreme like revoke his license or suspend him or call for him to be fired. The fact that there was a comment but only this sort of slap on the wrist makes me wonder.
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bittercat From: bittercat Date: August 25th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

That man and his ilk make me SICK,

but your subject line made me laugh myself blue! *snerk*

He's an idiot. They all are!
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