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Republicans Must Denounce Terror
From Global Exchange
Yesterday, extremist right-wing televangelist and Bush supporter Pat Robertson for the assassination of democratically-elected President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.
The remarks have been condemned by the National Council of Churches, Global Exchange, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representatives José Serrano and Barbara Lee, among others. Conspicuously absent from condemning this call to terrorist homicide is the Bush administration, of whom Pat Robertson and his 700 Club represents a key support base.
1. ACTION: WHAT YOU CAN DO!
2. Statement from Global Exchange
3. AP Story, Televangelist Calls for Chavez' Death
4. Time Magazine, Why Pat Robertson's Statements Help Hugo Chavez
A. WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Letter to the editor emails are found in the LTE section of your local newspaper. Remember, LTEs should be no longer than 150 words and be to the point. A chorus of American voices who do not support the terrorist homicide of democratically-elected leaders should be heard.
B. ASK YOUR EDITORIAL BOARD TO EDITORIALIZE AGAINST ROBERTSON
Editorial boards across the country should opine against Robertson's comments and advocate that the Bush administration condemn the comments. Just look within your local paper - or online - to find the editorial board number (or just the general number) and keep it handy.
C. CALL THE WHITE HOUSE 202-456-1111
The Bush Administration must condemn the call for terrorist homicide. They must investigate the legality of calling for the assassination of a democratically elected foreign head of state, and abide by international law in prosecuting terrorist activity.
D. CALL THE 700 CLUB AND DEMAND A RETRACTION 800-759-0700
Call the 700 Club and demand that Robertson retract and apologize for his statement.
-The Bush Administration must condemn in the strongest language possible, the statement of Republican constituency leader Pat Robertson's call for the assassination of a democratically elected president of a foreign country. Calling for a political assassination of a democratically-elected leader is a terrorist activity, and the US Government has a responsibility to condemn and prosecute terrorism, even when committed by Bush allies.
-The US government's continued aggression and rhetorical hostility towards the democratic leadership of Venezuela has created the climate of hostility in which the Bush Administration supporter's comments were made.
Statement by Global Exchange, August 23rd, 2005
HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP CALLS FOR REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO REPUDIATE PAT ROBERTSON
ROBERTSON’S CALL FOR ASSASINATION OF DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED LEADER OF VENEZUELA IS IMMORAL AND IMMORAL, AND SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED
Global Exchange strongly condemns the actions of extremist right-wing televangelist and Bush supporter Pat Robertson in his call for the assassination of democratically-elected President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. Global Exchange calls on Pat Robertson to immediately retract his outrageous statement. Pat Robertson, a candidate for the GOP´s Presidential nomination in 1992, along with the millions of supporters of his 700 Club, are a key constituency of the Republican Party.
Global Exchange, an international human rights organization, also calls on President Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to condemn in the strongest terms possible these immoral statements of a leader of their political base, which make a mockery of Christianity and give lie to the Republican claims that they stand for the right to life. State Department spokesperson Sean McCormack today merely referred to Robertson’s statement as “inappropriate