Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Condemning Pat Robertson

Many many calls have gone out during the war on terror for Muslims to condemn extremism from other Muslims. Indeed, Islam being a religion of peace and tolerance, I tend to agree that this would be a wise course of action and would support such condemnations of extremism. As the saying goes, whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

Yesterday Pat Robertson said regarding the popularly elected President of Venezuela: "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."

Christian leaders need to stand up as leaders of a religion of peace and tolerance and condemn this extremist in the strongest possible terms. Robertsons statement is contrary to the teachings of his (and my) avowed saviour and mentor Jesus Christ. His standing as a "Christian" leader is recognized world wide. The notion that political killing is justified coming from Mr. Robertson is simply breath taking for its disavowal of the teachings of his religion. Extremists from both Christianity and Islam need to be condemned, and after his calling for a political assasination its time for Mr. Robertson to take some heat from the Christian community.

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