Robertson’s words draw rebukes

Broadcaster suggests assassination of Venezuela's Chavez
Pat Robertson’s suggestion about assassinating Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez continued to reverberate, with a wide spectrum of religious leaders decrying his televised remarks.

Robertson, the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, first denied that he meant assassination, then apologized on August 24. “Is it right to call for an assassination?” asked Robertson on his Web site. “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.”

Two days earlier, Robertson had said, “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 war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator.”

Editor-author Jim Wallis, a socially liberal evangelical, said that the apology was not enough—the 75-year-old broadcaster and minister should retire.


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