Why isn’t Pat Robertson being charged with soliciting terrorism for twice encouraging his television audience to blow up Washington D.C. with a “small nuclear device”? Last week, Robertson told his 700 Club audience on the Christian Broadcasting Network that “If I could just get a nuclear device inside Foggy Bottom (a Washington D.C. neighborhood), I think that is the answer… We’ve got to blow that thing (the U.S. State Department) up.” This was his second request for his viewers to bomb the nation’s capital. Last June he made his first televised plea for someone to place a “small ‘nuke’ in Foggy Bottom.”
Last time I heard, similar remarks by Moslem citizens got them a one-way ticket to our little gulag for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. Once there, they get to enjoy the excellent Cuban weather in their own outdoor isolation cell – with no legal representation, let alone further opportunities to support or encourage the bombing of government buildings. If their Constitutional rights to free speech and a speedy trial can be taken away by the Bush-Ashcroft Department of Justice, why isn’t the law applied equally to all Americans? If the so-called Patriot Act’s restrictions on our freedoms are good enough for Moslem clerics, they should be good enough for Christian ministers too.