You heard that Pat Robertson, spiritual leader of millions and political advisor to your government, recently called for the assassination of Venezuela’s democratically-elected President (and, yes, pain in the realpolitik butt) Hugo Chavez. Robertson denied he said it, then said he was misunderstood, and finally apologized.
You may not know that in America, the law requires that “whoever kills or attempts to kill a foreign official, official guest, or internationally protected person shall be punished” (Title 18 of US Code Section 1116). In fact, it’s even a crime to “knowingly and willingly threaten” to do so (Section 878). We’ve all seen videotape, then, of Robertson committing a crime. But we doubt that he “shall be punished,” because…um, why?
More to the point, Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network should be investigated by the FCC. They used the federally licensed airwaves to illegally call for President Chavez’s assassination. Last year CBS was fined a half-million dollars for airing a half-second view of Janet Jackson’s nipple, and Fox stations were fined over a million bucks for showing strippers whose nipples were covered with whipped cream. That would make the appropriate fine for the CBN, which caused an international incident, about 42 trillion dollars. Otherwise, the government’s message will be clear: a little titty (very little) is more dangerous than the threat of terrorist violence. And isn’t that what we’ve been saying they’ve been saying all along?
“Reprinted from Sexual Intelligence, © Marty Klein, Ph.D. (www.SexEd.org).”