Anonymous anon at
Fri Aug 22 14:51:54 PDT 1997

It's not an _Onion_ satire:

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From: bofus?
Subject: Pat Robertson advocates stoning for crypto enthusiasts
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 07:39:49 -0800
Message-ID: <33FDB249.335F at>

RuffinP at wrote:
>  CONTACT: Skipp Porteous (413) 528-3800
>  Robertson advocates stoning for UFO
>  enthusiasts
>  Great Barrington, MA -- In a recent
>  pronouncement, television evangelist and
>  head of the Christian Coalition, Pat
>  Robertson, advocated death by stoning for
>  crypto enthusiasts.
>  Freedom Writer magazine, in its July/August
>  issue, mailed today, disclosed Robertson's
>  statement. Freedom Writer is published by
>  the Institute for First Amendment Studies,
>  a group that monitors the right.
>  Robertson used the news of the July 25th
>  Senate Commerce Committee hearing to promote
>  his extreme beliefs. A segment on the July 27,
>  1997 broadcast of The 700 Club featured news
>  of the Senate hearing. Employing the
>  historical event as a starting point, the
>  program delved into the possibility of the
>  existence of anonymous free speech on the
>  Internet.
>  While Robertson viewed the Internet with
>  suspicion, on a more serious note, he
>  launched into a diatribe against those who
>  entertain the existence of uninhibited free
>  speech on the Internet. He said, in a
>  rambling discourse, that if such a thing
>  existed, it would simply create demons that
>  would lead people away from Christ.
>  According to Robertson, the threat is so
>  serious that people who believe in free
>  speech should be put to death by stoning --
>  according to "God's word."
>  "The Bible says the Earth belongs to man,
>  but the Word belongs to the Lord,"
>  Robertson said.
>  "He has given us the Earth. He also warned 
>  us in the book of Matthew of the dangers of
>  corrupting forces such as the Internet which
>  can be used for evildoers:
>  "'A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can
>  a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that
>  does not bear good fruit is cut down and 
>  thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their
>  fruits you will know them. (Matthew 7:17-20)'
>  "And you see, there is only one Word, and
>  that is the Word of God:
>  "'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
>  was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)'"
>  'For the Word of the Lord is right; and all his
>  works are done with faithfulness. He loveth
>  mercy and judgment: the earth is full of the
>  mercy of the Lord. (Psalm 32:4-5)'
>  So there is no question about it."
>  "Can a demon appear as a slanty-eyed,
>  funny-looking computer hacker? Of course
>  he can, or it can. Of course they can deceive
>  people. And if they can lead somebody away
>  from the true God, or away from Jesus
>  Christ, anyway it happens, it doesn't
>  matter, you will lose your salvation. It
>  doesn't matter how they get you. The
>  question is, did they get you, and under
>  what guise?
>  "This is man in rebellion against God, who
>  refuses to take God's Law. And God says,
>  'My covenant says you won't do this. And if
>  I find anybody in Israel,'-- "which is his
>  pure nation" -- 'If I find anybody in
>  Israel that's doing this sort of thing,
>  then I want you to take him out and dispose
>  of him."
>  "It's a clear violation of God's word.
>  Stone them."
>  Skipp Porteous, Freedom Writer publisher,
>  commented: "As the founder and chairman of
>  the Christian Coalition -- a group
>  dedicated to becoming the most powerful
>  political force in America -- Robertson's
>  extreme ideas need to be taken seriously,
>  for they not only negate pluralism, but
>  condemn to death those who dare to believe
>  differently."

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