Originally Posted by valanhb
Pat Robertson is to Christianity what Osama Bin Laden is to Islam. The ONLY difference is that Robertson isn't actively ordering his followers to kill themselves and others.
The "ONLY" difference????? I am no big fan of Robertson at all, (I am not even a Christian) but to compare him to Osama Bin Laden, seems way over the top. OBL is an admitted mass murderer, who celebrates the killing of innocent men, women, and children. He leads a movement (radical Islam) that espouses the spread of Islam throughout the world, through force if necessary. He openly states that it is his intention to murder Americans by the millions if given the opportunity. The "ONLY" difference that you point to may just eventually cause WWIII. Thus, I would hope that you might be more careful in the future in making such a careless comparision. Enough said, I am not on TCS to engage in political debate, but your statement was quite shocking in its naiviete.
Not naive at all, and I stand by my statement. Robertson would also have the entire world converted to his religion. He condemns anyone who believes differently than him, to the point of saying that Sharon's stroke is the result of trying to achieve PEACE between Israel and Palestine (which the rest of the world see as one of the first big steps to actually achieving peace in that region, including the Israeli people), and calling for the US to assasinate another world leader. And if Robertson keeps spouting his mouth, radical Islam and the likes of OBL will only have more fuel to add to their fire. People like Pat Robertson will not diffuse WWIII (which we are probably already in the middle of), but cause greater casualties. HE gets the headlines, and HE is what people who don't know better will think that Americans are all about. Al Jazeera and the like cover him and his words like hawks because they know that he preaches as much hate as OBL and will fire up (no pun intended) the radicals on their side. Radical fundamentalism, no matter what religion it hides behind, has the same stripes.
Words are very powerful. I don't know if OBL has ever actually killed in the name of his own cause as Al Qaeda. Robertson does not call for mass murders (I forgot about his call for assassination earlier, so I guess he does call for some selective murders), but his vitriol is very similar to the rhetoric that OBL uses.