Thursday, August 25, 2005

Televangelist Pat Robertson and his Ayatollah Khomeini impersonations

This image was originally posted at Common Dreams

This morning I stared in disbelief at the headline, Evangelist tells 7m TV viewers: US should kill Venezuela's president, then I found out it was Pat Robertson and relaxed a little. He is after all the same man who joked about nuking the US State Department headquarters and claimed that feminism encourages women to, "kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians".

Pat Robertson said President Chávez should be targeted because he was a "terrific danger" whose country, a big supplier of oil to the US, was "a launching pad for communist infiltration and Islamic extremism all over the country".

I couldn't help being reminded of the Ayatollah Khomeini issuing a fatwa against Salmon Rushdie back in 1989. Rushdie managed to escape but the Italian translator of Satanic Verses, Ettore Capriolo was beaten and stabbed in his Milan apartment, Japanese translator Hitoshi Igarashi was stabbed to death in Tokyo in 1991, and two years later the Norwegian publisher, William Nygaard, was shot three times and left for dead outside his home in Oslo. Extremism begets violence, random stupid violence.

To read Robertson warning of the dangers of extremism is certainly like hearing the pot calling the kettle black. Its remniscient of Ariel Sharon railing against violence in Palestine or Bush talking about how we can't let, "the world's worst weapons to remain in the hands of the world's worst leaders." So true.

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