August 26, 2005
Remarks by Pat Robertson calling for the assassination of Venezuela's Marxist President have handed President Hugo Chavez a propaganda victory and brought more disrespect for the gospel from unbelievers.
After first trying to explain and fudge his remarks in the face of universal condemnation, Robertson apologized.
But this is the latest in a long list of intemperate statements by the host of the "700 Club."
Robertson predicted God would curse Orlando with a hurricane because Disney World allows gay pride day; he wished a nuclear bomb to be dropped on the state department; suggested September 11 happened because God had been insulted and he's prayed for the death of supreme court justices.
It's one thing to be mocked for one's faith in Christ.
It is quite another to be mocked for statements like these.
And Hugo Chavez, who engages in paranoia about the U.S. trying to assassinate him, now can claim evidence that supports his absurd contention.
Pat Robertson should have retired years ago.
He should do so now for the benefit of the gospel and to give unbelievers one less excuse to mock Christians.
In Northern Ireland, I'm Cal Thomas.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.