Ugly American Plays The Fatwa Game

by | Aug 24, 2005

Hartford Courant: Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition and former Republican presidential candidate, sounded like he belonged to the Goodfellas Club Monday when he advocated the assassination of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez.


Mr. Chavez, a populist and a harsh critic of the United States, poses “a terrific danger” and ought to be eliminated, opined Mr. Robertson on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The 700 Club.”

“I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination,” said an incensed Mr. Robertson, “but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it. … 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.”

Two years ago, he suggested that the State Department be blown up with a nuclear device. On another occasion, he critiqued feminism as a movement that encourages women “to kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”