The Moose ponders the mindset of Reverend Pat.
The Moose was not entirely surprised by Reverend Pat Robertson's assassination comments about the President of Venezuela. Over the years, Pat is inclined to speak outrageously.
For instance, soon after 9/11, Robertson and Jerry Falwell had a rather sickening exchange about the reason for the attack on America. The Washington Post,
"Television evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, two of the most prominent voices of the religious right, said liberal civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights supporters bear partial responsibility for Tuesday's terrorist attacks because their actions have turned God's anger against America.
"God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve," said Falwell, appearing yesterday on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club," hosted by Robertson.
"Jerry, that's my feeling," Robertson responded. "I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major population."
One would have thought that those comments would have banished both Falwell and Robertson to the outer realms of American political life. However, they have remained as Republican power brokers.
Soon after Robertson and Falwell made those remarks about 9/11, the Moose was quoted as saying that they had both become embarrassments to the religious conservative movement. That prompted old Pat to send the Moose a rather odd letter. In this correspondence, Robertson accused either the Moose's grandfather, father or the Moose himself of changing his last name because he/they were "embarrassed by your Jewish heritage."
While the Moose was somewhat taken aback by this untrue and strange charge, it did not entirely come as a surprise. Behind closed doors, Pat was always prone to reveal his bizarre conspiratorial view of the world. Now and then the public also gets a peak into the mind of Robertson.
Is the Reverend meshuganah? The real question is why he is considered a "respectable" figure in the Republican Party with access to the White House. Could it be because he had a major role in winning the Presidency for W? The Bushies certainly had no problem with Robertson's efforts at character assassination back in South Carolina!
The Moose reports, you decide. --