23 August 2005 – 12:23 GMT
AP -- Following his controversial statement calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, TV evangelist Pat Robertson has issued a modified version of the 10 commandments.
“After a long and careful consultation with the Creator, we have decided that there are now only 9 commandments,” said the former US presidential candidate.
The new list of God’s laws omits commandment #6, Thou Shalt Not Kill.
On his TV show “The 700 Club,” Rev. Pat Robertson called for the US to assassinate President Chavez, who has vigorously opposed US policy in Latin America. "If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it," Robertson said to a televised audience. "We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability.
In an interview with Fox News, Robertson explained that when God wrote the 10 Commandments He hadn’t invented oil yet. (Venezuela provides 10 percent of US petroleum imports.)
“I am sure that in His infinite wisdom He would have made an exception for leaders of oil-producing nations that disagree with US national policy,” noted the Reverend.
Robertson says he still vigorously opposes killing unborn babies, people in a persistent vegetative state, or anyone who’s contributed at least $100 to his television ministry.
Robertson said God told him He would consider reinstating the sixth commandment with modified language, such as ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill.... Unless Killing Serves a Greater Good.’ Robertson says the definition of ‘greater good’ would be determined by himself and a select group of presidential advisers.
Robertson also expressed doubts about commandments #7 (adultery) and #9 (false witness), but declined to modify those at this time.
“We all make mistakes, and God is no different,” said Robertson. “He made us in His image, remember?