Take him out

“Marion Gordon Robertson, usually known as Pat Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is an American Christian televangelist, entrepreneur, and right-wing political activist. He is the founder of numerous organizations and corporations including: the American Center for Law and Justice, Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), the Christian Coalition, the Flying Hospital, International Family Entertainment, Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation, and Regent University. He is known to hate homosexuals. He is the host of the popular TV show The 700 Club, which airs on many channels in the United States and on CBN affiliates worldwide. His strongly conservative views have made him the subject of much controversy, especially his statements in favor of the dissolution of the barrier between church and state and his condemnation of groups he believes to be living in sin. Robertson’s ties to the Republican Party, especially his failed bid to be that party’s candidate in the 1988 presidential election, have led to charges of partisanship. He is a Southern Baptist and was an ordained minister with that denomination for many years, but holds to a Pentecostal theology.” [Quelle: Wikipedia]

Dieser gute Christ steht islamistischen Fanatikern in nichts nach. Er forderte die Ermordung des venezulanischen Präsidenten Chavez; Hintergrund sind einige Interessenskonflikte zwischen den USA und Venezuela. Einen kleinen Aufschrei gab es natürlich ob dieser Idee, woraufhin Robertson den Versuch unternahm, in seinen Aussagen zurückzurudern:

Now the “religious leader” Pat Robertson, having called for the assassination of another nation’s leader, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, has decided to lie through his teeth about it.

Original quote: “If he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it.”

Now he says: “I didn’t say ‘assassination.’ I said our special forces should ‘take him out.’ And ‘take him out’ can be a number of things, including kidnapping; there are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted by the AP [Associated Press], but that happens all the time.”

The more he talks, the worse he sounds. [Quelle: Dan Gillmor’s Blog]

David Weinberger weist auf seinem Blog darauf hin, dass dieser christliche Freak von den allermeisten Amerikanern nicht mehr wirklich ernst genommen wird und dass er daüber hinaus “…is getting crazier with age and has been making a fool of himself for years now”. Steilvorlage für die Daily Show. Den Beitrag gibt’s wie so oft bei einem meiner absoluten Blog-Favoriten (“onegoodmove” von Norman Jenson): Klick hier oder aufs Bild.
Eine Entschulding lies Robertson mittlerweile folgen: “Ich war frustriert (…)”. Es sei nicht richtig, zur Ermordung ausländischer Politiker aufzurufen. “Ich entschuldige mich dafür.” [Quelle: ZEIT]