Charles Johnson, the former dictator of Liberia, was found guilty by an international tribunal in The Hague of crimes against humanity, including aiding in child sex trafficking, rape, murder and the use of child soldiers. Americans United points out that Johnson was a business partner of Pat Robertson’s:
Robertson signed an agreement with Taylor in 1999 to allow the televangelist’s for-profit Freedom Gold Ltd. to mine for gold in Liberia. If any gold was found, 10 percent would go to the Liberian government, and in effect, into the pockets of the loathsome Taylor.
On the stand during his trial, the Liberian leader said Robertson promised to argue for the Liberian government with officials in Washington, and he claimed the TV preacher personally intervened with President George W. Bush.
Taylor was grateful for Robertson’s help. In 2002, he even appeared at a three-day “Liberia for Jesus” rally sponsored by CBN. When the Bush administration pressured Taylor to resign in 2003, Robertson sprang to the dictator’s defense.
On his Christian Broadcasting Network’s “700 Club” program, Robertson said, “We’re undermining a Christian, Baptist president to bring in Muslim rebels to take over the country.”
They also point out that this is not the first murderous thug he’s crawled into bed with for financial gain:
Robertson cozied up to thuggish strongman Mobutu Sese Seko in Zaire (now the Republic of the Congo) to mine for diamonds in that desperate country in 1994. He even used his tax-exempt Operation Blessing relief planes to assist with the business project when the aircraft were supposed to be helping the poor.
And then there’s Efrain Rios Montt, a former Guatemalan general and dictator heading for trial for war crimes committed during that nation’s civil war. Rios Montt seized power in a coup in 1982, and he stands accused of wanton brutality, with hundreds killed during his 17-month reign. But because he is a Pentecostal Christian, he received staunch support from Robertson, the late Jerry Falwell and other Religious Right figures.
In 1990, long after it was common knowledge that Rios Montt was a monster, Robertson was still singing his praises. He commended the dictator for his “enlightened leadership” and said people danced in the street when Rios Montt seized power “literally fulfilling the words of Solomon who said, ‘When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.’”
What a shock.
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