Earlier in the week the televangelist and former presidential candidate went on his show, The 700 Club, and called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. After his comments ignited a firestorm of outrage among people with an ounce of common sense, Robertson went on his show Wednesday and claimed he never actually used the word "assassinate."
"I didn't say "assassination." I said our special forces should, quote, ' take him out.'" He then went on to explain that the phrase "take him out" can mean any number of things besides assassination, such as kidnapping, removing someone from power, or going out to dinner and a movie. Well, okay, maybe not that last one, since Robertson has in the past condemned homosexuality, and dating between US Army Rangers and male dictators is presumably prohibited by the Bible.
But then some godless pagan media watchdog group, their eternal souls already condemned to the fiery pits of hell for being blasphemers, dared to produce a videotape of Monday's broadcast in which Robertson is specifically heard using the word "assassinate."
Confronted with this new evidence, Robertson later issued a formal apology for Monday's remarks.