Ageing Christian fundamentalist and (bizarrely) one-time serious presidential contender Pat Robertson has caused a bit of a stink by calling for the US to assassinate Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela. I always get confused when Christians advocate murdering people. I won’t claim to have read the Bible in its entirety, but I could have sworn that God spells out his feelings on this subject pretty clearly in the first half of the book during that chat with Moses on Mount Sinai.
According to Pat, Venezuela is “a launching pad for communist infiltration and Islamic extremism all over the country”. Wooh, sounds scary doesn’t it? Communists! Everywhere! Communist Muslims! Oh, nurse, fetch the sedatives!
Then again, Pat also believes that 9/11 was evidence of God lifting his protection of the United States because of its decadence (primarily, “homosexuals”); that liberal judges are a bigger threat to national security than Al Qaeda and (my favourite, this one) that feminism is an ideology that encourages women to “kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians”.
All of this would just be funny if it weren’t for the fact that this septuagenarian lunatic is an advisor to the Bush camp on many issues.