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Friday Demonstration Against Pat Robertson's "Christian Broadcasting Company"


CHRISTIAN LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF THE FAITH COMMUNITY TO CONDUCT PUBLIC VIGIL AND PRESS CONFERENCE DEMANDING FCC INVESTIGATION OF CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK AND PAT ROBERTSON'S CALL FOR THE ASSASSINATION OF DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED LEADER AND INSIST THAT ROBERTSON AND CBN APOLOGIZE DIRECTLY TO PRESIDENT CHAVEZ AND VENEZUELAN PEOPLE.

For more information, please contact Diane Shamis 845-661-3754

Place: CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK News Offices, 1919 M St. N.W. (corner of 20th Street), Washington, D.C. Date: Friday, August 26, 2005 Time: 1:00 P.M.

Reverend Yearwood, leader of the Hip Hop Caucus, and other members of the faith community, outraged by the call for the assasination of President Hugo Chavez by Pat Robertson, are still demanding an FCC investigation into the right-wing Christian broadcaster's comments on his Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). Reverend Yearwood and other members of this coalition of conscience are asking Americans of all faiths to e-mail, call and write to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to demand an inquiry into whether the license of CBN should be suspended or revoked, and/or fines imposed for these obscene and offensive remarks, calling for the murder of a democratically elected leader.

"You can't unring a bell. Children have already heard these comments in the 'hood. These young people have seen Reverend Robertson talk about God and a Christian life and then call for murder. It confuses them. It makes it harder for clergy in urban communities to address the egregious problems of violence there. Once you issue the call to murder, under the guise of Christian ministry - its effect is felt, the impact is made," Reverend Yearwood stresses.

Reverend Yearwood further points out that an apology should be made directly by Robertson to Chavez, whose life he emperiled and to the Venezuelan people, whose democratic will he disprespected.

"The comments made by Reverend Pat Robertson are shocking and appalling. No Christian should ever call for the assassination of a human being no matter what their stance. Rev. Robertson has turned the Christian Broadcasting Network into the Criminal Broadcasting Network. And the popular saying that appears on wristbands distributed by CBN, "WWJD" - that is "What Would Jesus Do" should now be "WWJA": "Who Would Jesus Assasinate." By his comments, Rev. Robertson is showing that the Christian right is neither Christian nor right and we're asking that he apologize now," states Reverend Yearwood.

Moreover, Reverend Yearwood and other members of the faith community are calling for an investigation into whether, as a result of Robertson's remarks his FCC license should be revoked or suspended, or fines imposed upon against him and CBN. Certainly, Robertson's call for the murder of a democractically elected leader is both more obscene and offensive than the bearing of Janet Jackson's breast. Ms. Jackson's upper body exposure at a halftime show during the 2004 televised Super Bowl led to much controversy and the leveling of heavy fines. Reverend Yearwood points out that in the case of Janet Jackson, her apology for "wardrobe failure" did not exonerate her from investigtion or enable her or the networks which aired her gaffe to escape penalties.

Rev. Yearwood is convening a coalition of clergy and laity concerned about the Christian Broadcasting Network and Robertson in particular, who promote a political agenda propelled by fear not faith, under the guise of Christian ministry.

Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, National Coordinator, Clergy and Laity Concerned about Iraq, who has worked to form a coalition of ministers and faith leaders committee to the power of peace and process of nonviolent political protest states, "The comments by Rev. Robertson are unbecoming of a clergyman and betray the heart of the gospel. These comments are an indication of this sad moment in America in which the religious right continues to cheapen the life and legacy of Jesus."

Pat Robertson, founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network was the leader of the Christian Coalition, a group which bolstered the 2000 Presidential campaign of George Bush and has provided consistently staunch support for his 2004 Presidential election and his administration's policies. On his August 22 "700 Club Show" broadcast daily on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) which airs in 22 nations to over one million viewers, Pat Robertson called for the assasination of democratically elected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, delivering this message:

"If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war...We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability."

Reverend Lennox Yearwood, leader of the Hip Hop Caucus, calls upon all Christian leaders, other members of the faith community and all Americans to denounce the message and the mission of Pat Robinson. In calling for the assassination of a democractically elected leader, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Robertson has engaged in promoting,not attacking terrorism. He is advocating unlawful and unequivocally immoral actions in direct opposition to the essence of Christian doctrine and as well as the Commandment:"Thou Shalt Not Kill."

The press conference is a action supported by the Hip Hop Caucus, Clergy and Laity Concerned About Iraq, United for Peace and Justice, and the other members of UP (United Progressives) for Democracy coalition, Code Pink, Progressive Democrats of America, the Liberty Tree Foundation, Global Exchange and others.

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Pat Robertson is showing his true colors. He is all about money and his good friends of Bush's money. He is angry at Chavez for offering to help the poor people of America by selling us (the working poor) Oil and Gas at wholesale prices. The rich are getting richer by theivery and deceit perpetrated by the corporations with the aid of our so called representatives.I have been told that his gas stations are Citgo in which case I will be purchasing all of my gas at Citgo from now on. Spend your money as if your life depends on it. It does. Those Oil Cartel corporations need to stop getting our money. With Christmas right around the corner consider giving the gift of your time instead of spending your life away to the corporations and the banks/credit card fraudsters.

Pat Robertson being the big, bold, brave man that he is should set off on his assasination mission to Venezuela, and go and see Mr.Chavez in person.

Cheap shots from the safe confines of a "Christian" T.V. Program are very easy to make. Words have meaning however, or one shouldn't speak them. But for tele-evangelists like Pat Robertson, brevity is obviously not something he is used to.

Does anyone know if the SEC has launched an investigation into the money Pat's company made after he made these comments about Chavez?

http://www.conspiracyplanet.com/channel.cfm?channelid=49&contentid=2619

I have seen nothing on the MSN but I'm not too surprised about that. It's news afterall. Not tabloid crap.

As Maxwell Smart would say, regarding your point about possible evangelical insider trading...

"Very interesting chief !"

Pat Robertson in 1997 advocated the "stoning to death" of UFO Enthusiasts. He, of course, based this on of my personal favorite,
DEUTERONOMY. *barf*

http://www.davidicke.net/religiousfrauds/evangelists/stoneufos.html

Don't ya just love these guys that hijacked the Protestant Reformation to build their own little "empires of Power?"
My favourite tactic that they use down here in North Carolina is to convince their congregations to not give Christmas presents (even to the children) but rather give that money to their "church." How's that for a childhood "mind fuck?"

"Woe to the Pharisees, for they are like a dog sleeping in the manger of oxen, for neither does he eat nor does he let the oxen eat."
- The Gospel of Thomas (102)

"Well, they'll stone you when you're trying to be so good
They'll stone you just like they said they would
They'll stone you when you're trying to go home
Then they'll stone you when you're there all alone
But I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get stoned"
- Rainy Day Women by Bob Dylan

peace.

Have stolen the Christian religion from the faithful. Pat Robertson has been a friend to the White House and the White House has been a friend to Pat Robertson. He and George Bush had used religion for their own greedy agendas. Think about how much damage these psychopaths have done. People of this country trusted Bush and his leadership. They trusted his belief in God. He lied. He sent us into war. So now who do we trust? Our goverment has betrayed us. Our church, who insisted on no seperation of church and state, who insisted that we vote for Bush, has betrayed us.
We have been betrayed.

I don't understand. Why is everybody so outraged by Pat Robertson's advocacy of the assassination of a single head of state? It's certainly not unheard of for U.S. government agencies to contemplate or even to attempt to carry out such a "pre-emptive" methodology (e.g. Castro) when kidnapping (e.g. Aristide) and other methods aren't successful.

As it is one of the U.S. governement's options, why can't it be openly advocated by a U.S. citizen?

It's not that a simple US citizen is demanding it. He is (was) a well respected religious leader and as such many people would follow what he says. But his calling for a murder is not a christian belief, it is a political motive. Assasination is illegal, and he is advocating people to perform a crime. That is one of the international definitions of "terrorist," even in the PATRIOT ACT. So he was being a terrorist when he stated that we should assasinate someone.

So are unprovoked invasions and occupations of other sovereign countries and the needless slaughter of tens of thousands of innocents. So too is indefinite detention without charge or trial. And so is torture, rape, sodomizing and other such mistreatment of prisoners. Law doesn't seem to be a major factor in U.S. decisions and actions. So what's so special about the assasination of one individual. It's all illegal and it certainly creates terror.

Are you saying that terrorism would be OK if it were proposed by someone who isn't (wasn't) a so-called "Christian" leader? Or are you saying that U.S. terrorism is reserved for the government alone as an exclusive right that only it can exercise?

If the US "Shadow Government" followed the Game Rules maybe a lot of people would still be alive today . . .

Bob Marley - (Chavez, don't try on any boots you get in the mail)
John Lennon - (Chavez, beware "crazed fans" with CIA bios)
Jerry Rubins - (Chavez, watch out for "hit & run" drivers)
John F. Kennedy - (Chavez, decline any invites to Dallas, TX)
Janis Joplin - (Chavez, watch out for suddenly "pure" heroin)
Lynard Skynard/Buddy Holly - (Chavez, beware chartered planes)
Warren Zevon/George Harrison - (Chavez, beware sudden cancer)
Bobby Kennedy - (Chavez, decline any invites to California, too)
Marilyn Monroe - (Chavez, don't date any American Socialist Leaders)
Dr. Wilhelm Reich - (Chavez, don't eat the apple pie in prison)
Jim Morrison/Jimi Hendrix/Brian Jones - (Chavez, don't be cool, they hate that)

But, when you are a Fascist, you have the "right" to kill anyone that gets in your way, challenges your authority, or makes you look bad.

Maybe Robertson was just trying to take a little heat off of Bush--trying to make his 'cause' look a little more 'noble'. After all, W's unprovoked war has become more politically acceptable than a call for an outright political assasination would be.

R Ap

Religion and Politics is what got that young man born in a barn (Jesus) arrested and killed. They plotted his death because he did not follow the nationalistic policies (sound familiar)!

The way you find the great people of God in human history is that you will find them dead without a weapon in their hand but in the camps of their apponents! Gandhi, Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Dietrich Bonhoeffer, etc. This is not a coincidence. Fear and hate breads more fear and hate. Or as Gandhi said, "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind!"

Robertson, Neo-Cons, BushCo, PNAC, Religious Extremist (again, Robertson, Falwell, Osoma, anyone who believes the Bible as Literal Truth i.e. analogous to a 21st century "Golden Calf" idol= biblialotry), are the present day Roman Imperialist, Pharisees, Essene Zealots, corruptors of the day for their own advancments!

It takes guts, like Cindy, to speak the truth without resorting to violence. Prophetic history is not pretty. They end up being ridiculed and smeared by the elites and the powerful. They are often blamed for the nation's problems and hunted down by the armies or constituencies of the king. You had to be a little nuts to WANT to be God's messenger in the Old Testament! But Prophets were compelled to do no other. To not speak the truth was to be guilty of the immorality and crimes of the peoples and the nation! So they sacrificed their own honor, their own name and family for God's desire for justice and truth for God's creation.

Cindy did not look for this mission to end an illegal war. The mission found her! And her faithfulness to follow the call is astounding and inspiring. It is quite clear which way she is answering Joshua's question: "Today, which will you choose, Life or Death? As for me and my family, I choose Life!" Shame on Robertson, Bush, Cheney, Republican Neo-Cons, anyone who continues to support this illegal war based on lies of WMD and Bin Laden/Al-Quada connections to 9/11.- Pr. Bradford N. Bray ELCA

I agree with the Rev. His comments were completely wrong and they should not be tolerated. He, along with CBN, should be sanctioned.

If Religion plays politics, they should pay taxes. Citizens are tired of churches using tax payor facilities for free, then feeling they can advocate the type of murder they want...anyone who is inconvenient to them....Organized religion has allowed itself to be highjacked by extremists.

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