After inflaming the national and international community, the Rev. Pat Robertson has apologized for calling for a Mafia style hit. Upon the democratic elected president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. He is a major force in the right wing religious fundamentalism. He is more of a politician than clergyman. Robertson uses Christianity to advance his political agenda. Which is very different from Christian fundamentalism. Robertson, and his ilks are way to the right of Christian fundamentalism. They do not have a political agenda. But the Robertsons of America, have a political agenda. They are the nations religious extremists. Who advocate violence and are very dangerous.
In contrast Christian fundamentalism is rather harmless. Some of their more famous leaders have been evangelists like D.L. Moody, Billy Sunday, and Billy Graham. These men conducted large evangelistic crusades calling people to repentance from sin, and acceptance of Christ as Lord and Saviour. For example, Billy Sunday in one of crusades said the following. “Whiskey and beer are all right in their place, but their place is in hell.” He would often use statistics to prove his point. Moody and Graham did the same. They had and have great appeal. The 90 year old Graham in his recent New York City Crusade drew thousands of people who listened to the same themes. These crusaders would work in conjunction with local churches.The main function was to channel new converts into local the local church. They did not call for or advocate violence. Not even during the time the first or second world wars.
It has often been said that if the shoe fits put it on. The shoe in this model is speech. In this country speech is protected by our constitution the ultimate law of the land. However, John Jay the nations first chief justice said, the law is what the court says it is. With that being the case the shoe should fit every foot. The legal standard should be the same for everyone.
A century, or so after Jay’s pronouncement the Supreme Court ruled that people could not shout fire in a movie theatre if there was not a fire. Federal prosecutor, Gordon Kromberg, in a district court in Alexandria, Va., used that doctrine to help convict a Muslim cleric and scholar. He said,”when Tony Soprano says go and whack some guy that’s nor protected speech.” The Muslim cleric and scholar crime was the exercise of free speech. The prosecution said he encouraged young Muslims to leave the United States and engage themselves in Islamic causes. In America you can not use speech to advocate causes adverse to American interest. That same legal standard is being applied against another Muslim scholar Dr. Sami Al-Arian in Tampa, Florida.
According to The Patriot Act, it is illegal to provide services in support of acts of violence through the exercise of speech.
The shoe according to the government fits the feet of two Muslim men. Then why does not that same shoe fit the Rev. Marion ” Pat ” Robertson. He openly advocated a terrorists act against a democratic elected head of state. If the Rumsfeld doctrine applies to Robertson it should equally apply to Muslim cleric, Dr. Ali Al-Timimi and Dr, Sami Al-Arian. The Rumsfeld doctrine says that “private citizens say all kinds of things all the time.” Maybe Mr Secretary of War thinks it is okay to call for murder on national television as a matter of free speech if your religion is christian. If the Secretary does not hold to that theory than he should encourage the Common Wealth of Virginia to indict the Rev. Dr. Marion ” Pat ” Robertson. The legal standard in America has to be the same for all Americans. Seems to this writer that the shoe fits Mr. Robertson. He should walk with that shoe right into a Virginia federal court. Dr. Ali Al-Timimi received a life sentence July 14, 2005. In contrast to Robertson, he did call for any one to be murdered.
The American public needs to understand the vast differences between religious fundamentalism and Christian fundamentalism. Religious fundamentalism under the likes of Pat Robertson is the practice of religious extremism. It’s political in nature. It has and will continue to limit freedom. It’s far more complex and dangerous than the few thoughts expressed in this posting. They have declared war on Muslims and women. It did not happen over night. They have been working toward the elimination of American culture for several decades. All of us are in danger not just Muslims and women. They will be another step closer to their goal when Judge John Roberts takes his seat on the Supreme Court in October. This writer is available to teach workshops on the differences between the two. This writer can also be engaged as a speaker at one of your events for discussion on the topic. Lunch or dinner discussions on the topic work well. Early morning coffee time will work. As will as the exchange of emails.