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Pat Robertson On How We Shouldn't Overreact To The Khashoggi Kerfuffle – It Might Be Bad For Business | VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT

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Pat Robertson weighed in on the recent, gruesome, state-sponsored, -planned, and -executed, murder of Washington Post journalist and Saudi-national-living-in-the-US Jamal Khashoggi.  

The so-called "Man of God" didn't want anyone to let their sense of right and wrong mislead them into supporting such impractical ideas as retaliatory sanctions on the House of Saud (full transcript of this unbelievable video clip below):

I just want to cool down the tempo of those wanting blood from the Saudis. 

These people are key allies.  Our main enemy in the Mideast is Iran, and the Saudis stand up against Iran, and I know that the that the Wahabi faith that they practice is obnoxious, and what they've done in relation to women is obnoxious, and some of their courts are obnoxious; nevertheless I don't think on this issue that we need to pull sanctions and get tough.  I just think its a mistake.  Behind the scenes the President can talk to the King and say 'Look you, you better cool this thing and get it straightened out,' but, as he said, we got an arms deal that everybody wanted a piece of, its like, what is it? 190 billion dollars? Its huge! And it will mean a lot of jobs, and it will be a lot of money coming into our coffers, and, uh, it's not something that you want to blow up willy-nilly!

So I think the presidents playing it right, and he should do... We shouldn't jump to some wild conclusions with 'Let's just get them so and so's and do it and,' no way! We havent got many friends around the world and we can’t offend all of them...
(h/t Boing Boing)

If you need background on Pat Robertson, Wikepedia is a good place to start.  The above disregard for what many would consider basic Christian principles is nothing new; mix in with racist and sexist and otherwise homophobic and otherwise repugnant beliefs stereotypical of the far right and you have a pretty good idea of where he, and by extensions any one of his devoted followers, is likely coming from.  

Here are a few screenshots of the Wikipedia page on Robertson’s controversies (for some reason on a diffrent page than his regular write-up):

A few last details are in order.

On that notorious edition of Crossfire, the late and great Mr. Frank Zappa prescient statement about the dangerous future for the government of the United Sates: 
(ZAPPA) “Can I make a statement about national defense? The biggest threat to America today is not communism, its moving America towards a facist theocracy, and everything that’s happened since the Reagan administration is steering us right down that pike.

(HOST, laughing) “Fascist theocracy?

(ZAPPA) “That’s right, we are.

(HOST) “Give me one example...

(ZAPPA) “When you have a government that prefers a certain moral code derived from a certain religion, and that moral code turns into legislation to suit one certain religious point of view and if that code happens to be very very right wing...

(HOST) “Well then you are an anarchist! Every form of civil government is based on some kind of morality, Frank!”

(ZAPPA) “Moraliy in therms of behavior –

(HOST) “Well of course –

(ZAPPA) “Not in terms of theology.”
Great interview with a legend.  Pearls before swine ---– wait, that's unkind to swine.  Do yourself a favor and see the whole thing – if you have not. (this clip is about ten minutes in, so be sure to skip back if you have time.)

Whenever I think of those specific remarks by Zappa, I am reminded in short order of what Trump said about the Evangelicals:

For an excellent post on the topic from an avowedly Christian perspective, see this poor man's word.

...& of Robertson on election night, telling his flock what to think.  It was chilling. I consider them likely a large factor in his 2016 win.

I will leave you, my Gentle Readers, with a song, by Mr. Zappa; I make no promises, but recently, reading the lyrics as I listened, I started to feel better about our ability to make our America actually great.

Be seeing you.

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