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On behalf of all thoughtful Christians, I would like to apologize for the suggestion of Pat Robertson to ‘take out’ Hugo Chavez. Robertson’s comments below do not represent any popular opinion or reasoned argument that would be supported by those evangelicals embracing prudence.

Robertson had this to say on Monday’s 700 Club, "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," Robertson said. "We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one strong-arm dictator. It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."

Anthony Bradley Anthony Bradley, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics in the Public Service Program at The King's College in New York City and serves as a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute. Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. His books include: Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America (2010),  Black and Tired: Essays on Race, Politics, Culture, and International Development (2011),  The Political Economy of Liberation: Thomas Sowell and James Cone of the Black Experience (2012), Keep Your Head Up: America's New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby Conversation (2012), Aliens in the Promised Land:  Why Minority Leadership Is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions (forthcoming, 2013). Dr. Bradley's writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals, including: the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit News, and World Magazine. Dr. Bradley is called upon by members of the broadcast media for comment on current issues and has appeared C-SPAN, NPR, CNN/Headline News, and Fox News, among others. He studies and writes on issues of race in America, hip hop, youth culture, issues among African Americans, the American family, welfare, education, and modern slavery. From 2005-2009, Dr. Bradley was Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO where he also directed the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute.   Dr. Bradley holds Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Clemson University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Westminster Theological Seminary.  Dr. Bradley also holds an M.A. in Ethics and Society at Fordham University.


  • Would someone be so kind as to tell Pat Robertson to shut his stupid yap?…

  • Did Pat skip the part in Seminary about the ends never justifying the means?


  • DonS

    And the Rev. Robertson promoted assassination on the VERY DAY that Townhall sent “29 Reasons that Islam is not a Peaceful Religion.”

    I will say this about God…She has a GREAT sense of Irony.

  • Steve W

    First of all, to omit the initial part “IF he(Chavez) thinks we are trying to assassinate him….” All the other comments following must be viewed in light of the opening remarks.

    Furthermore, have any of these so-called ‘evangelical Christians’ read the Bible? Does anyone remember why Saul was removed as King in Israel (he failed to obey God’s command to annihilate the Amalekites and all their animals).

    Paul repeated the prophet Malachi who said “Jacob have I loved but Esau have I hated”. See Romans 9:10-15

  • My sense is that the balance between political activism and personal evangelism among American evangelical leaders is often out-of-whack. A perfect example is the fight over FCC regulation of decency in the media.

    A huge cadre of evangelical leaders s