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Threats from a religious fanatic

August 1, 2003 | Page 2

A RELIGIOUS fanatic made a televised announcement in mid-July calling for the death of three U.S. public officials. But no one in the Bush administration flinched. Why? Because the fanatic was arch-conservative, Christian Righter Pat Robertson.

On the Christian Broadcasting Network's 700 Club, the King of the Bigots launched a 21-day "prayer offensive," asking viewers to pray for the "removal" of three Supreme Court justices, following their 6-3 decision overturning a Texas anti-sodomy law in June.

The ruling "has opened the door to homosexual marriage, bigamy, legalized prostitution and even incest" Robertson said in a letter on the CBN Web site. Robertson described the justices he wanted taken out: "One justice is 83 years old, another has cancer and another has a heart condition. Would it not be possible for God to put it in the minds of these three judges that the time has come to retire?"

What's next? Holy war?

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