Thursday, January 14, 2010

Yesterday

Yesterday millions of Haitian residents lost friends, family and loved ones. Yesterday tens of thousands died and countless more were injured. Yesterday one of the poorest nations on earth suffered tragedy that is almost beyond understanding. Yesterday an entire country was reduced to rubble. Yesterday the UN, the State Department and Doctors Without Borders struggled to locate their staff members. Yesterday relief organizations mobilized to send aid to Haiti. Yesterday millions of people around the world opened their hearts and their wallets to send prayers and money to Haiti.

Yesterday held the worst examples of unthinkable tragedy and the best examples of faith-restoring kindness and generosity.

And yesterday Pat Robertson, a supposed man of god, said this:

. . .something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it, they were under the heel of the French, uh, you know, Napoleon the third and whatever, and they got together and swore a pact to the devil, they said, we will serve you, if you get us free from the Prince, true story. And so the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' And they kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free, and ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor. . . the Island of Hispaniola is one island cut down the middle. On the one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is, is, prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty, same Islands, uh, they need to have, and we need to pray for them, a great turning to God. . .


How could he think that saying this could serve any purpose? How could he think it would do anything but further traumatize those whose lives have already been affected by tragedy?

I'm not a religious person, but even I know that saying such a thing falls so far outside of what is Christian. Perhaps Mr. Robertson used to a kind, compassionate man, but power and money seem to have led him to become a hate-filled man and a poor example of a "Christian."

Shame on you Mr. Robertson. You had the opportunity to ask for help for Haiti, and instead you chose to broadcast lies and hate.


8 comments:

Becca said...

yeah I posted a rant about that on my facebook page. what a wingnut, and people actually believe what he says!!!! so my friend's daughter who was just medevaced out of there last night, and my former colleague who is still missing in Port au Prince, were they complicit in the pact with the Devil or just innocent bystanders to the devil worship???

Suna said...

It makes me so sad to see people treat fellow humans that way. We have been looking at the destruction from google maps. Really brings it home. I hope Pat sends LOADS of money to Haiti to pay for his cruelty. I doubt it.

Jungle Pete said...

I looked up the "true story" on snopes and there was no mention of Haitians even meeting with the devil.....

knittergran said...

He's either a senile old man who should go back to his assisted living facility and stay off the air, or he's a mean, evil person who should go back to his assisted living facility and stay off the air.

wendi said...

I would hope nobody listens to the vile coming from him & Limbaugh. They're nothing but old men bullies.

Cookie said...

Like puring salt in the wounds... very tragic.
But maybe it's good that there is little communication and the Haitians won't know about that comment for a long time.

Baino said...

I've seen a lot of references to this over the blogs and quite rightly posted by outraged Americans. He's a moron and I hope the world sees him as such because he's getting too much airplay and giving the wrong impression about your great nation frankly. I hope God pulls his ignorant tongue out.

Ann's Rants said...

It is so irresponsible of him. Of course, he believes it.

Really it's a demented way to soothe the aching heart into complacence.

If people believed "they deserved it" then they feel immune.

If you believe that we share a common bond--humanity--than you feel that vulnerability and empathy.

So awful. More and more layers of awful.