When you reach a certain point in irritating the religious elites, you'll get trouble with a capital "T." In some religions, like Scientology or Jehovah's Witnesses, they will excommunicate you and no one from the church will ever speak to you again.
But if you irritate The Reverend Pat Robertson, he'll arrange for your murder.
And Hugo Chavez, the duly elected President of Venezuela, has irritated Brother Robertson one time too many. First, he had the nerve to campaign on a populist, anti-U.S.A. platform that decried American hegemony in the Western Hemisphere. Then, he had the audacity to not go away quietly when the State Department arranged to have the Venezuelan military perform a regime changing operation. So Pat is promoting the time-honored solution that 'one man should die to prevent a war' first advocated by Caiaphas, the scum-sucking power-monger that manipulated the Romans into murdering Jesus. (John 18:14)
Media Matters for America has the video showing Robertson intoning in that I-am-oh-so-righteous-Caiaphas sneer: "We have the ability to take [Chavez] out, and I think the time has come to exercise that ability..."
No matter what Jesus says about loving your enemies; no matter that the Venezuelan people's oil rightfully belongs to them not us; no matter that assassinating another country's leader is illegal and sinful--the Reverend Pat Robertson, ordained Christian minister, servant of the Most High God, wants to kill Hugo Chavez. Why?
At least he's honest about it: "This is in our sphere of influence, so we can't let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine, we have other doctrines that we have announced. And without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil, that could hurt us very badly. We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.''
Like Caiaphas said: "It is better for one man to die for a nation."
Thanks Pat, for speaking with the moral authority of Caiaphas. I'm sure it will do wonders for the mission field in Venezuela. People will be lining up to get their Bibles, their M-16's and their instructions from the covert operatives. Praise Jesus, then aim for the little red dot on His forehead.
It's your sphere of influence, Pat, please use it to kill people.