The Venezuelan government has temporarily suspended permits for foreign missionaries so regulations on preachers in the country can be tightened. The
announcement comes just four days after Pat Roberston's politically incorrect comments. The televangalist has suggested that Hugo Chavez, president
of Venezuela, should be assassinated.
In addition, the Reverand Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, is seeking to meet with Chavez to discuss the safety of
the US missionaries in Venezuela and to distance US Christians from Roberston's remarks.
CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 26 (Reuters) - Venezuela's government temporarily suspended permits for foreign missionaries on Friday, four days after the
American evangelist Pat Robertson called for the assassination of President Hugo Chávez.
The chief of the Justice Ministry's religious affairs unit, Carlos González, said Friday that authorization of permits for missionaries would be
curbed while the government tightened regulations on preachers inside Venezuela.
The permits "are suspended for a short time, it could be three or four weeks, while we organize a system to see what additional data we need for
people coming into the country to preach," Mr. González said.
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This is political pay-back for Robertson's ill made remarks. Regardless how I feel about foreign missionaries (I've had bad experiences) some truly
care about providing care for the poorer people of the world. However, as official envoys of a country they should be regulated so they don't have
the automatic power of diplomats.
In addition, I'm speaking from a conspirator here, what is to stop a foreign missionary from wanting to see Robertson's wish made true? Not all
Christians are created equal and no one can deny it has its zealots.
It is unfortunate that Venezuela will possibly suffer as a consequence, losing some spiritually enlightened individuals who devote their lives to the
cause of the betterment of man.
On the other hand - many foreign missionaries will stop at nothing to impose their will on so called 'savage' countries and forcibly convert them to
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