Broadcaster suggests assassination of Venezuela's Chavez
Sep 20, 2005
Pat Robertson’s suggestion about assassinating Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez continued to reverberate, with a wide spectrum of religious leaders decrying his televised remarks.
Robertson, the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, first denied that he meant assassination, then apologized on August 24. “Is it right to call for an assassination?” asked Robertson on his Web site. “No, and I apologize for that statement. I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the man who thinks the U.S. is out to kill him.”
Two days earlier, Robertson had said, “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.”
Editor-author Jim Wallis, a socially liberal evangelical, said that the apology was not enough—the 75-year-old broadcaster and minister should retire.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).