Wednesday, August 24, 2005

A religious fundamentalist is on the airwaves calling for the president of a country to be assassinated...A president that was elected by a majority of his people I might add...except this fanatic preacher of death is not being pursued by the authorities, shut down, put on the terrorist list, kicked out of the country...The US State department is only saying these comments were 'inappropriate'.... Is it because it comes from Pat Robertson, one of the major figures of the Evangelical movement, 9 out of 10 of whom voted for Bush? And is it because the President that Robertson wants killed is the democratically elected leader of a Latin American country that has been critical of US policy in the region?

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``We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability,'' Robertson said. ``We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator.'' Guardian
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"For five centuries, Venezuela has been run by a minority of very white people, pure-blood descendants of the Spanish conquistadors. To most of the 80 percent of Venezuelans who are brown, Hugo Chavez is their Nelson Mandela, the man who will smash the economic and social apartheid that has kept the dark-skinned millions stacked in cardboard houses in the hills above Caracas while the whites live in high-rise splendor in the city center. Chavez, as one white Caracas reporter told me with a sneer, gives them bricks and milk, and so they vote for him.
Why am I explaining the basics of Venezuela to you? If you watched BBC TV, or Canadian Broadcasting, you'd know all this stuff. But if you read the New York Times, you'll only know that President Chavez is an "autocrat," a "ruinous demagogue," and a "would-be dictator," who resigned when he recognized his unpopularity."
Alternet
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Some Americans who were upset by the remarks made by Robertson flooded the Venezuelan embassy with messages of support---Chavez has long been saying that the US is trying to kill him---the US is known to have helped military forces in Latin America take out (read assassinate, kidnap, torture) people for their political ideas---This site simply lets Pat Robertson's own words hoist him with his own petard---
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Just to cheer you up here's a quote by the very same Robertson, about feminism:
"It encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."
Wait sorry, I thought that would make you laugh...no don't cry...it's ok, stupid people can't stay in power forever..uhm..wait..yes they can...
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"Calling for violence has become common among Christian extremists such as Robertson. Jimmy Swaggert said he would kill any gay man who looked at him "that way" (in his dreams). The remark was followed by applause from his congregation. James Dobson advocates the harsh physical punishment of children and brags about beating his dog. Christian extremists picketed Matthew Shephard's funeral with signs that read AIDS Cures Fags. Women's health clinics are bombed. In a community twenty miles from my home, a cross was burned in front of a yoga clinic. Christians gave comfort and shelter to Eric Rudolph." MoJo Blog
What the hell to watch or read to figure out what the hell the fuss is about:
Open Veins of Latin America: An excellent writer, and excellent book..


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Revolutionary Songs of Latin America ~ Soledad Bravo ...Something to listen to while you read...

The Eyes of Tammy Faye...Darkly humorous and true tale of the rise and fall of one of the biggest televangelist industries in the US..even if it had nothing to do with the topic I'd still tell you to watch this.
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The Most Dangerous Man in America?: Pat Robertson and the Rise of the Christian Coalition by Rob Boston Haven't read it, but it looks interesting..

4 comments:

panda said...

Pat Robertson Rules!!! no just kidding. Pat Robertson needs a hug

kwtia said...

Panda, you're not Pat Robertson are you? actually maybe you're right...maybe a hug would solve all the hate and anger he has swimming around in that poor mind of his..

Valiant Contender said...

I haven't been keeping myself updated with that issue but I'm sure as yet again it is only a personal matter of favorable situations. What the US wants, they make, and what they don't really care for doesn't matter.

Intrests as they'd call it, is big in business as well. Err, did I just say capitalism? hmm.

kwtia said...

Hi VC, Yup..it is the haves in the big business world that have been the opposition to Chavez in line with their rich friends in the US...I thing I did hear capitalism there..but also just plain selfishness really..