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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Radical cleric declares a fatwa against a sitting President, world reaction universally negative.

OK, what did you think I was talking about? If you thought this had anything to do with Iraq or Iran, you'd be 100% wrong. Then again this story has been all over the news, so probably your next guess would be Pat Robertson.

Anyway, Pat Robertson has got to be one of the most evil sons of bitches on the whole benighted planet. Let me refresh your memory as to what he and Jerry Falwell said on 9/13/2001:

Falwell: "What we saw on Tuesday, as terrible as it is, could be miniscule if, in fact, God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve."
Robertson: "Well, Jerry, that's my feeling. I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror, we haven't begun to see what they can do to the major population."
Falwell: "The ACLU has got to take a lot of blame for this. And I know I'll hear from them for this, but throwing God...successfully with the help of the federal court system...throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools, the abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked and when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad...I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who try to secularize America...I point the thing in their face and say you helped this happen."
Robertson: "I totally concur, and the problem is we've adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government, and so we're responsible as a free society for what the top people do, and the top people, of course, is the court system."
Falwell: "Pat, did you notice yesterday that the ACLU and all the Christ-haters, the People for the American Way, NOW, etc., were totally disregarded by the Democrats and the Republicans in both houses of Congress, as they went out on the steps and and called out to God in prayer and sang 'God bless America' and said, let the ACLU be hanged. In other words, when the nation is on its knees, the only normal and natural and spiritual thing to do is what we ought to be doing all the time, calling on God."

Spooky? You bet. Replace Falwell and Robertson with a couple of Muslim surnames, change the Christian references to references to Allah, and it sounds like the venomous hate speech pouring out of some quarters of the Middle East. This is for real. These people are dangerous. These people want a Christian version of Iran and Taliban-controlled Afghanistan right here. And being a woman and a non-Protestant non-Evangelical non-Christian, I'm on their hit list.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.