...in bumping off Chavez, Robertson was just warming up.
Don't forget David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and John Paul Stevens -- the Supreme Court justices whose deaths Robertson presumably has in mind while he prays that "additional vacancies occur within the Supreme Court." Would killing them be equivalent to killing Hitler, too?
Then there are "the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America." If only they'd been killed prior to the 9/11 attacks, we could have avoided that tragedy, since they "helped this happen" by "trying to secularize America." The words are Jerry Falwell's, not Robertson's, but Robertson appeared on The 700 Club when Falwell made these remarks, and he didn't exactly object. Instead, he answered with a diatribe against the forces of secularism that sounded very much like agreement. (Falwell has since apologized; Robertson has not.)
And if homosexuals caused 9/11, we can't very well allow the entire population of Scotland to live, since Scotland is a "dark land" where "you can't believe how strong the homosexuals are."
Finally, don't forget the "tightly knit cabal" of "European bankers" whose origins lie with the "Bavarian illuminati." A decade ago, Michael Lind pointed out in the New York Review of Books that these are all crudely anti-Semitic code phrases for "the Jews." According to Robertson, they serve the devil. They're going to have to go, too.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Tim Noah, in Slate: