18 September, 2005

Pat Robertson called for the assassination of Venezuela's president

Dear friends

Following the Australian government's decision to arrest, place in solitary confinement and deport peace activist Scott Parkin, many of us are anxious to know whether other speakers from the USA or any other country would suffer this fate (and get a bill for their ill-treatment). We are concerned because we have been told by our Atthorney General, Phillip Ruddock that his recently announced increased police powers under the Anti-Terrorism legislation do not amount to the introduction of a police state in Australia.

We are very anxious to know whether we still enjoy free speech in this country and that we still have a democracy worth protecting. So, please could somebody invite this distinguished speaker, Pat Robertson, to impart his wisdom in Australia, where so many will be inspired by his messages of hope and international peace: http://www.patrobertson.com/

Pat Robertson, host of Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club and founder of the Christian Coalition of America, called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
From the August 22 broadcast of The 700 Club:

ROBERTSON: "There was a popular coup that overthrew him [Chavez]. And what did the United States State Department do about it? Virtually nothing. And as a result, within about 48 hours that coup was broken; Chavez was back in power, but we had a chance to move in. He has destroyed the Venezuelan economy, and he's going to make that a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism all over the continent".

"You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but 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. And I don't think any oil shipments will stop. But this man is a terrific danger and the United ... This is in our sphere of influence, so we can't let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine, we have other doctrines that we have announced. And without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil, that could hurt us very badly. We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, 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".

Please write to Phillip Ruddock and tell him how much you want to have Pat Robertson visit our country to explain what nonviolence and peace activism is all about.
Hon Phillip Ruddock MP
Atthorney General
House of Representatives
Parliament House
ACT 2600

If you are concerned that you might be a peace activist and a 'threat to national security' - you are advised to visit your local AFP (Australian Federal Police) office and ask them to arrest you.


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