Televangelist [windbag] Pat Robertson's call for the assassination of leftist [and democratically elected] Venezuelan President Hugo Ch�vez provoked a storm of criticism yesterday, triggering condemnation from fellow religious leaders and international outrage, while the Bush administration said he was a "private citizen" whose remarks were "inappropriate."

Robertson remained publicly silent, but was criticized across the political and religious spectrum in the United States.

A pioneer of the nation's evangelical political movement, Robertson is the founder of the Christian Coalition of America and was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988. Hundreds of thousands of his conservative Christian fans tune in to his "700 Club" television show daily.

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Call for assassination fuels outrage


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