Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Pact with the Devil

Maybe Pat Robertson thought that earthquake was in Hades and not Haiti? Why else would he be telling these fairy tales about pacts with the devil:

(MediaMatters video)

I live in California, and we are also often accused of dealings with the devil. However, somehow our civil engineering and strict adherence to building codes have minimized our losses during comparable earthquakes. True story.

But I'm thoroughly tired, disgusted, and dismayed by the childish and superstitious explanations for "why bad things happen." What is this? The dark ages? Haiti has had a series of disasters including flooding, tropical storms, and hurricanes which they are vulnerable to because of geography, soil erosion, and deforestation. Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, and their government has a history of corruption. No wonder they can't make a building stand:

Haiti is 80% Roman Catholic and 16% Protestant, and during a time of heartbreaking crisis, a leading American Christian stigmatizes them with blame and bullshit. They don't need this.


Trung said...

haiti has also suffered from outside influences as well. wilson's occupation in the early 1900s as we as the cia-backed coup that ousted aristride (democractically elected of course, but not the us's ideal candidate)

Kristen said...

I should at least give the Christian Broadcasting Network credit for raising disaster relief funds for Haiti. They need all the help they can get. Still, somebody needs to take the microphone away from Robertson.

Trung said...

agreed. i wanted to say that it was also classy of robertson to rebuke the people haiti during their time of turmoil. i mean, what's better than kicking someone when he or she is down? shame on robertson. i may not subscribe too much to theology, but God, at least based on the bible, would christians to help their neighbors rather than exact shame on them.