Pat Robertson, Terrorist

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).”

Labor Day in Baton Rouge

Rev. Jesse Jackson Offers Words of Encouragement at Red Cross Shelter

Glenda Plunkett , Special to Redcross.org

Monday, September 05, 2005 — BATON ROUGE, La. – Hurricane Katrina evacuees from New Orleans being housed at the River Center Shelter in Baton Rouge received encouraging words from the Rev. Jesse Jackson yesterday afternoon.

Rev. Jesse Jackson visited with several Hurricane Katrina survivors at the River Center Shelter in Baton Rouge, La. Here he speaks with and holds the hand with Marguerite Mackey, 85, from Buras, Ala., September 4, 2005.
photo of Jesse Jackson
(Photo Credit: American Red Cross)

Jackson encouraged people to hold on and not to give up. His message of hope to survivors was that rescuing efforts were continuing in New Orleans. He reminded them that the shelter was a temporary solution and that people were working for them to find a permanent solution to their housing needs.

“I want you to put your hands together for the wonderful job the American Red Cross is doing,” said Jackson, asking for the strong to take care of the weak, the young to care for the old and the men to care for the women.

Jackson visited with several of the shelter residents individually, hugging the children. He held the hand with hurricane survivor, Marguerite Mackey, 85, of Buras, Ala.

“Reverend Jackson is a good man. He is here to help us,” Mackey sighed. “Those flood waters didn’t care if we were black or white—they took everything no matter. Red Cross doesn’t care either. They help you no matter what color you are.”

Glenda Plunkett is with the Mid-Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is a member of the Red Cross Rapid Response Team currently deployed in response to Hurricane Katrina.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of this disaster and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting http://www.redcross.org.