Pat Robertson's Remarks - Update
Today, Pat Robertson at first denied he called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and then later this afternoon finally apologized for what he said Monday on "The 700 Club."
Ted Olson at Christianity Today's Weblog has an excellent round-up of the Robertson controversy, including a compilation of responses from evangelical leaders: . . .
Venezuelan Evangelical Alliance president Sam Olson worries that the real danger is to believers, not to Chavez. "Robertson has placed our lives in jeopardy as he has completely misrepresented us and has given our government every reason to believe we would support such an action," he said.
"Jesus called for nothing like this, and Pat Robertson sounded more like one of the radical imams," Os Guinness said on ABC's World News Tonight.
"He has brought embarrassment upon us all," Al Mohler, dean of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said on his blog. "With so much at stake, Pat Robertson bears responsibility to retract, rethink, repent, and restate his position on this issue. Otherwise, what could have been a temporary lapse of judgment can become an enduring obstacle to the Gospel."
World magazine editor Marvin Olasky told MSNBC: "Well Pat's 75, he's had a live television show for decades, and sometimes he blurts things out. He doesn't represent evangelicals, and I hope that people in Venezuela don't think that he represents the United States. . . ."
Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, told the Los Angeles Times [free registration required] that Robertson's comments could endanger Protestant missionaries in Venezuela. "If this dictator starts to think of evangelicals as people who are gunning for him, that could be difficult for missionaries there."
Haggard's NAE colleague, Richard Cizik, told The New York Times Robertson's program "complicates circumstances for foreign missionaries and Christian aid workers overseas who are already perceived, wrongly, especially by leftists and other leaders, as collaborators with U.S. intelligence agencies."