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The gospel according to Pat


Fri, Aug 26th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

You’ve probably heard of the row caused by tele-evangelist Pat Robertson’s recent remarks on the 700 Club that the US should whack - to use the vernacular of Tony Soprano - as in, knock off, pop, erase, kill - Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez.

“You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war ... and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop,” Robertson said on his television program.

This from one of the prominent religious leaders that helped elect President Bush in 2004. The so-called Moral Values demographic, that group of people who don’t mind acting un-Christian as long as they pray about it in advance.

This isn’t Robertson’s first time to create controversy. His regular pitch in selling Jesus is to send a message of fear and hate. Here are a few more of Robertson’s religious moments:

•“Many of those people involved with Adolph Hitler were Satanists, many of them were homosexuals - the two things that go together.”

•(Planned Parenthood) “It is teaching kids to fornicate, teaching people to have adultery, every kind of bestiality, homosexuality, lesbianism - everything that the bible condemns.”

•“I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that’s the way it is, period.”

•“The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”

•“I think ‘one man, one vote,’ just unrestricted democracy, would not be wise. There needs to be some kind of protection for the minority which the white people represent now, a minority, and they need and have a right to demand a protection of their rights.”

Okay, enough you say, after all, ol’ Patto did apologize a few days later. But if you look hard at Robertson’s message, it is not about Christian love.

The poet Carl Sandburg said it best in his book “Chicago Poems” in a poem entitled “To A Contemporary Bunks .....
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Faith-based science doesn’t belong in our schools

Fri, Aug 12th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

President Bush is now advocating the teaching of “intelligent design” in our schools. Intelligent design (ID) holds that certain features of our universe are best explained by an “intelligent” cause rather than by natural selection.

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John Bolton and the Peter Principle

Fri, Aug 5th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

While Congress was dashing for the exits so that they could get back to their districts to tell voters what a wonderful job they were doing in Wash-ing-ton-dee-cee, old quick draw George was presenting John Bolton as the next ambassador to the UN.[Read the Rest]

When government shuts down

Fri, Jul 8th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

There’s enough blame to go around in St. Paul. The inability for the governor and the legislature to get the job done and keep Minnesota running is a shameful lesson in how party politics has seized state government.

Somewhere b ..... 
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Tom Cruise and Bozo the Clown

Fri, Jul 1st, 2005
Posted in Commentary

I am a strong supporter of people worshiping whatever and whomever they want.

You want to pray to your ancestors, the Kitchen God or Bozo the Clown, more power to you, I say. You want to put needles in dolls like practitioners o ..... 
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A vacuum of trust

Fri, Jun 17th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The Vietnam era, from the war’s questionable beginnings in the late 1950’s and early 60’s to the climatic fall of Nixon with Watergate in 1974, helped to create skepticism about government for many of my generation.

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Deep Throat: Traitor or hero?

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

So, now we know who “Deep Throat” was.

W. Mark Felt, the number two person at the FBI during the Nixon Administration revealed last week that he was the source of information leaks to Carl Burnstein and Bob Woodward of the Wash ..... 
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Separation of church and state

Fri, May 6th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist recently appeared on a national television program which accused his Democratic colleagues of acting “against people of faith.” During the same broadcast, self-proclaimed evangelist, James Dobson, called the United ..... 
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Ag budget should slash waste, not life’s essentials

Fri, May 6th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

What is the main purpose of agriculture in this country? If it is to feed people and support rural communities, as we believe it is, then taking a serious look at funding cuts being proposed for the U.S. agricultural budget is critical. Congressional ..... 
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