Governor McDonnell, stay away from CBN
By Darrell Lucus
To be delivered to:
Governor Bob McDonnell
Dear Governor McDonnell,
I was horrified to learn that you intend to appear at the October 1 celebrations of the Christian Broadcasting Network's 50th anniversary.
CBN's founder and chairman, Pat Robertson, has a long history of extremist and insensitive actions. They are far too numerous to document here, but here are some of the more outrageous ones.
* In 2010, he suggested that the Haitian earthquake was the result of that country making a pact with the devil.
* In 2006, he called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Calling for the assassination of a head of state is never acceptable, no matter how onerous he or she may be.
* In 2001, he agreed with Jerry Falwell's suggestion that the September 11 attacks
* He had extensive business dealings with the late Zairian dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, whom Transparency International named as the third most corrupt leader in world history.
Your planned appearance with Robertson would send the wrong message to the nation and to the world. Please, show some leadership and cancel your plans to attend CBN's 50th anniversary celebration.
Virginia's Governor, Bob McDonnell, is tentatively scheduled to attend the Christian Broadcasting Network's 50th anniversary celebration. Given the extremist history of CBN's founder, Pat Robertson, it would be beyond inappropriate for McDonnell to put in an appearance. We're calling on him to show some leadership and cancel that appearance.