Pat Robertson

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this, the latest in a string of wacky quotes from Pat, but this is going just a bit over the edge:

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s vice president accused religious broadcaster Pat Robertson on Tuesday of making ”terrorist statements” by suggesting that American agents assassinate President Hugo Chavez.

Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said Venezuela was studying its legal options, adding that how Washington responds to Robertson’s comments would put its anti-terrorism policy to the test.

”The ball is in the U.S. court, after this criminal statement by a citizen of that country,” Rangel told reporters. ”It’s huge hypocrisy to maintain this discourse against terrorism and at the same time, in the heart of that country, there are entirely terrorist statements like those.”

The State Department distanced itself from Robertson’s comments.

”We do not share his view, and his comments are inappropriate,” spokesman Sean McCormack said.

Is it time for Pat to perhaps take a long vacation out of the public eye?

Related: “Pat Robertson” is the number one search term at Technorati today. The blogosphere is abuzz!

More: Jeff Goldstein thinks the MSM will try to use Pat’s comments to paint the religious right/social conservatives with broad brushes. I think he’s right.

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