Sitting in your church on Sunday
Thinking who you gonna screw Monday
Who you gonna tief
Who you gonna rob
Take it as me tell you seh you cann fool God no
By his deeds shall a man be known
Man a ask you for a piece of bread
You give him stone
By his Deeds - Warrior King
So did everyone see Reverend Pat Robertson's call on the U.S to go and assassinate Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez. Imagine that a big so-called man of the cloth letting off talk about how the U.S should get rid of another country's ruler in the middle of a religious broadcast to boot. I mean I'm not naive enough to think that the U.S doesn't do those types of things already but just openly calling for it is a bit much.
I hope that don't happen though cause my girl Campfyah would got to try and run outta that place real hard. Start building a raft girl, Trinidad is that way over to the left and doan worry dem might mistake ya fa a bajan fisherman teifing the flying fishes an lock ya up but if ya sneak out a lil note wrap up in a doubles or a roti skin I would get a message to Owen to tell Patrick let ya go. :-)
Anyway I'm not surprised by the audacity of Robertson's comments. Some fellas hide behind this whole Christian front in order justify or to try and get away with certain underhanded evil statements and just end up bringing the entire Christian movement into disrepute. Remember back last October I blogged about how Jerry Falwell said to "blow them all away in the name of the lord" so this is nothing new. Robertson is just spewing his brand of hatred while utilizing the name of God.
Some people will say but these are supposed to be God fearing Christian people but remember how many wars have been fought in the history of our world because of religion and how many atrocities were carried out supposedly in God's name. Remember it's some of those same God fearing American people that had black people downpress under Jim Crow laws yet going to church every Sunday so don't be too surprised by this behavior.
And when you think of it what's the difference between these Christian fundamentalists and Muslim fundamentalists? Oh my bad the Christian fundamentalists no longer want to be known as fundamentalists.
In an article on Billy Graham and his son Franklin, August 22nd's issue of the New Yorker magazine said that apparently the Christian religious right is not happy with the word 'fundamentalist' anymore as it conjures up negative images. Bob Jones III (you know of Bob Jones University where up until a few years ago inter-racial dating was not allowed since apparently it is forbidden in the bible somewhere) said 'Instead of 'fundamentalism' defining us as steadfast Bible believers this term now carries negative overtones of radicalism and terrorism..... Many of us who are separated unto Christ feel it is appropriate to find a new label that will define us more positively and appropriately". So apparently this new label is 'Preservationists' however it hasn't actually caught on yet.
Another article I read, this months Harpers Magazine, says rightly that a lot of folks really don't understand this Christian thing. As an example it was mentioned that especially screwed up was this whole belief that the Bible actually says God helps those who help themselves. Well I don't know if you believe that but that was actually a Benjamin Franklin quote not no bible. Anyway this article was saying that belief is used by many religious folks to justify why they don't want to help the less needy when in fact the bible says you should look after those less fortunate. Aint that something?
Still back to this fundamentalism thing. What's the difference? The Muslim fundamentalist spread their influence by building madrasas (schools) to preach their doctrine, the Christian fundamentalists just use TV shows and their lobbying power in government. All see everything as a war between the religions and as a need to eradicate the other. Yea the Muslim fundamentalists may have gone a little further by reaching the bombing stage now but basically they all teach the same no tolerance message. I mean I cant lie I know in some of my views I've got a few fundamentalist views but I still believe that the bible says you should be setting examples to your fellow man if you want him to change his ways and the like not bombing him or attacking him. That just don't seem right. By his deeds a man shall be known!
p.s: I love the way how the U.S media is using this whole Pat Robertson issue to get in a message to the unsuspecting public who are going "who the hell is this Chavez dude" that Chavez is a dictator, a strong man, a bad bad man and a friend of Fidel Castro who hates the U.S and has put Bush on trial and will try to hold onto Venezuela's oil. Oil hmmm, do I smell a coup in the near future?