Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Dear Pat Robertson. I have had enough of you.
I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt back on Sept 17, 2001, when you stepped back from Jerry Falwell's comment that 9/11 had been caused by "the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way. . ." - you didn't apologize, but you did state that you had "misunderstood" him. But this is not a misunderstanding.
You said "We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability."
You said "We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, 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."
Thou Shalt Do No Murder.
Every body of law, secular or religious, from Hammurabi to Scalia, contains some version of those five words, Mr. Robertson. And although I do not doubt that many others, from Rove to Anne Coulter, echo your sentiments and defend your words, they do not claim to speak for Jesus Christ. You do.
Your words betray you as a demogogue, sir. A reactionary full of xenophobic venom and control issues, who has found that your message gets better reception if you pin a cross to your lapel and carry a Testament. But though you may call yourself a Christian, sir, your ideas are not. They contradict everything Christ taught and stood for, and you are no man of God for having uttered them, sir.
You do your country no service by spreading such ideas, and you do your faith no service by implying that such ideas are Christian.
You are forgiven your words, Mr Robertson. God has forgiven them, and as a Christian I do also. I shall follow the tenets of my faith, and oppose your ideas with the words of the Lord.
"If you love me, you will keep my Commandments." John 14:15.
"But I say to you, do not resist him who is evil, but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also." Matthew 5:39.
"For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?" Matthew 5:46.

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