[The last news item that I recall on Pat Robertson was his recommendation that we assassinate Hugo Chavez, which I assume got more play in Latin America than here in the U.S.  These characters seem hungry for publicity, whatever it takes.  And according to recent investigations of six right wing evangelical operations, it brings in big money and lavish living as well. This Senate investigation was initiated by Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/novemberweb-only/145-22.0.html

One of the dirty little secrets about our economic system is that crooks can steal the bank in the name of religion — and many do.  All they have to do is to sell out to the highest bidder — and who is to say that he will not be the devil himself?  I did a degree in theology before going on in philosophy and so discovered some of these crooks at it early on.  One summer I worked for what was then called the Protestant Council of the City of New York.  It was a scam operation bent on collecting monies, run by an Albany, NY slum landlord — murdered by a tenant a few years ago.  My job was to update its directory of a thousand area churches.  I discovered that many of them shared phone numbers with local bars and many were obviously crooked operations.  When I tried to report this abomination, I was stiffed by religious authorities who knew of what I had discovered, but did not want to get involved.  Eventually this particular crooked operation was reformed, but many out there are on the make today.

In the present instance on wonders what many times divorced Giuliani –  whose former police commissioner and business partner faces the vote of a grand jury today — has to do with evangelical religion?  Ed Kent]

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In a Surprise, Pat Robertson Backs Giuliani
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and MICHAEL COOPER
The endorsement exemplified the Christian conservative
movement’s divide over balancing politics and principle.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/08/us/politics/08repubs.html?th&emc=th


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