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August 24, 2005

Who Would Jesus Assassinate? Also: Juan Cole & Dennis Perrin

Mike watched Pat Robertson's call for the assassination of Hugo Chavez, and has these thoughts: me assassinating someone (even a foreign leader you don't like) seems to be the exact opposite of Christ's message. For which, it must be remembered, he was assassinated...

[But] I skimmed through the New Testament, and you know what? Robertson's right! Christ is constantly offing people, usually for political gain. The dude's a one-man killing machine. "For He so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten sniper." "Blessed are the hitmen." "Do unto others, but cover your tracks, to minimize blowback." The whole thing reads like a study packet from The School of the Americas.

I encourage you to read it all.

Also—if you're anywhere near Ann Arbor, Michigan, DO NOT MISS this Sunday's event with Juan Cole and Dennis Perrin. Word on the street is that Dennis may mention Robertson himself. But you'll have to hurry, because tickets are almost gone:

Posted at August 24, 2005 08:34 AM | TrackBack

Indeed. If there is one thing I've learned from studying the life of Christ, it's that politically motivated assassination is an *excellent* way to minimize the influence and legacy of the assassinated leader. And who better to cast that first stone (or round of bullets) than Pat Robertson, surely the man Jesus had in mind when he offered the privilege to "He who is without sin"?

Mike forgot to mention the verse where Jesus tells his disciples, "Be sure you ask Pilate to release Barabbas! He's just the guy to take care of my unfinished business, hint hint."

Posted by: inkywretch at August 24, 2005 09:01 AM

Wine cellar? Brewing company?!? I am SO THERE.

I just have to catch the next plane out of Boston…

Posted by: mk at August 24, 2005 12:07 PM