This past week, Pat Robertson, spokesperson for some of the most conservative Christians in the nation, said something nearly unbelievable to me. He called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela. If you’ve not read his statements yet, I’ve cut and pasted it in here.
“I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think 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. But this man is a terrific danger, and this is in our sphere of influence, so we can’t let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine, and we have other doctrines that we have announced, and without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil that could hurt us very badly. 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-dollar war to get rid of one 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.”
Jim Wallis of Sojourners has written a scathing critique of Robertson’s statements from a Christian political perspective that can be read online at Sojourners web-site.
For me, I wonder, can someone advocate the killing of a human being and say they follow Jesus?