Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Pat Robertson whom?

AP via YahooNews:

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.

"Is it right to call for assassination?" Robertson said. "No, and I apologize for that statement. I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the man who thinks the U.S. is out to kill him."...

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."

Is Robertson apologizing to Chavez? When a public figure apologizes for something that he has said, it's often unclear to me whether he means:
I regret any harm my words may have caused to others
I regret any harm my words may have caused to me.

Robertson's apology seems more like the latter type.

It's a paradox: Jesus was all about being good, loving your enemies, loving your neighbor, taking care of the poor, serving others; but those who most loudly talk about Jesus and God are (with very few exceptions) boors, hypocrites, bigots, jerks.


Blogger Kyle McCullough said...

One of Jesus's most famous sayings was, "don't let the left hand know what the right hand is doing." That one gets quoted a lot but seldom in its original context, which was simply that a true Christian does not brag about his good works--or about what a good Christian he is.

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