Bloggers find numerous reasons to condemn Pat Robertson's call for Hugo Chavez's assassination. They also discuss a series of court decisions that require gay parents to pay child support and wonder whether Lance Armstrong used performance enhancers.
Hurricane Hugo: Who says that Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson is divisive? Bloggers—left, right, and otherwise—are united in deriding Robertson for announcing, during a broadcast of the 700 Club, that the United States should assassinate Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Robertson called Chavez a "terrific danger" likely to fuel "communist infiltration and Muslim extremism" before noting his country controls "a huge pool of oil."
"To an objective non-American looking at the situation … is there really much of a difference between a terrorist leader going on television and issuing a fatwa against American political leaders, and Pat Robertson going on television and essentially issuing a fatwa against democratically-elected leaders in other countries?" asks progressive David Sirota at Sirotablog.
Conservative Jonah Goldberg, at the National Review's The Corner, says he's not bothered by assassination necessarily, but still expresses displeasure with Robertson. "Morality aside, offing Chavez would almost certainly be a bad idea given the political consequences," he writes. " …The problem with this statement … [is] that Robertson claims to be a religious leader and, call me crazy, religious leaders have better things to do than talking about wet work in Venezuela."
Democrat at liberal group blog MyDD highlights Robertson's claim that killing Chavez probably wouldn't turn off the oil spigot and, linking to an old Guardian story where Chavez claimed the United States wanted to assassinate him, notes: "Chavez has only threatened to stop oil shipments if there is an attempt on his life. … By threatening Chavez, you are making this event more likely. You are also proving him absolutely right in his fear that the US is trying to kill him."
Better Living's Mark Daniels, a pastor, emphatically rejects Robertson's line of thought. "There can be no possible Biblical justification for a Christian to call for the execution of a leader of a nation with which our country is not at war," he writes.
Using a popular headline, liberal James Poling, a writer and actor in NYC, speaks for many: "Hey Pat, put the cuckoo back in the clock please. Will somebody get this guy some fucking oil. … The sixth commandment: Thou shall not kill; unless that motherfucker won't give you some of his sweet, sweet oil."
The parent trap: Gay rights advocates are celebrating a series of decisions by the California Supreme Court that require estranged partners to pay child support, effectively "grant[ing] full parental status to both members of same-sex couples." Bloggers are piling on Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel, who said, "You've essentially begun to undermine and unravel the family. Today's ruling defies logic and common sense by saying that children can have two moms."
"Lesbians will have babies, whether you like it or not," writes law professor Ann Althouse. "Why is it worse to preserve that child's relationships and preserve private sources of funds for raising it?"
Rachael Larimore is Slate's managing editor.