Haiti disaster – Pat Robertson Has The Answer!January 14, 2010
As the world reels from the overwhelming disaster that is the Haitian Earthquake, I’ve been waiting to see how long it would take before the first stories appear of fake disaster donation sites and other scam artists, hanging like scum and grime onto the hem of the skirt of lady disaster as she glides through another broken region of the world. I’ve also been waiting to see who would be the first to say that this tragedy was of the people’s own making. Thanks to a friend who flagged this up for me last night, I would be derelict in my duty if I didn’t give a warm welcome to this man:
His name is Pat Robertson, he’s an American TV Evangelist and he said that Haiti has been “cursed by one thing after another” since they “swore a pact to the devil.” You can read about it in more detail on the CBS News website. I watched a clip of it on YouTube this morning and although he urged his viewers to pray for them, what he said beforehand was pretty cold, to put it mildly. Maybe he needs to look again at images like this:
So making a pact with the devil a couple or three hundred years ago means you reap benefits like this? Really?
You may have the view that those who turn away from the Lord or Allah will live a life of hell. You may believe that Karma created many lifetimes ago sentences you to the miserable situation you now find yourself in (though strangely, it’s rare for Karma to be quoted as quickly when your situation is more favourable). Then again, you may believe The Universe is a funny beast that throws up many surprises, for good or for ill, or you just think life is about good or bad luck without causality. Regardless of what you believe, when you have a situation like this, nothing else matters but what you will do to ease the suffering right here, right now. A paddle has two purposes: it can be used to help people row ashore, or it can be used to beat people with. Mr Robertson making the statements he did has chosen to beat the people in their hour of need.
It’s tempting to call him names and decide he’s not right in the head, but I’m going to resist for two reasons:
1. I know nothing about his life, but assuming he’s a human being, he will have had difficulties and tragedies of his own. That those experiences have led him to make statements like this is his own personal tragedy and;
2. He’s burying himself more adequately than I ever could.
I hope you’ll forgive the devil worshippers of Haiti for not heeding your wise words, Mr Robertson, but they have a few small matters to deal with. Like getting food, water and shelter. They’ll also be burying their loved ones – if they can find them.