This week we were all shocked and horrified from the images and news coming from the devastating earthquake in Haiti. I’ve felt somewhat paralyzed in not knowing what to do, other than to pray and send money to the relief efforts.
Others, however, have felt the need to express their sometimes unfortunate opinions as to why this happened. First, Televangelist Pat Robertson has been the subject of much scorn for his statements regarding Haiti’s pact with the devil.
Robertson said on his January 13 CBN Broadcast:
“Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it,” he said. “They were under the heel of the French … and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you’ll get us free from the French.’
“True story. And the devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal,'” Robertson said. “Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after another.”
Enter the cries of hysteria, left and right, denouncing Robertson as an idiot. Granted, Robertson has made some controversial statements in the past (look ’em up on your own time). But CBN released this statement regarding the controversy.
CBN.com – VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., January 13, 2010 — On today’s The 700 Club, during a segment about the devastation, suffering and humanitarian effort that is needed in Haiti, Dr. Robertson also spoke about Haiti’s history. His comments were based on the widely-discussed 1791 slave rebellion led by Boukman Dutty at Bois Caiman, where the slaves allegedly made a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over the French. This history, combined with the horrible state of the country, has led countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed. Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God’s wrath. If you watch the entire video segment, Dr. Robertson’s compassion for the people of Haiti is clear. He called for prayer for them. His humanitarian arm has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti over the last year, and they are currently launching a major relief and recovery effort to help the victims of this disaster. They have sent a shipment of millions of dollars worth of medications that is now in Haiti, and their disaster team leaders are expected to arrive tomorrow and begin operations to ease the suffering.
You could argue that issuing the statement as he did, without explaining the history that Robertson was way out in left field. What you cannot deny is the tumultuous history of Haiti, or that Robertson backs up his statements, controversial or not, with humanitarian aid.
Not to be left alone, Rush Limbaugh, the left’s favorite punching bag when they’re not attacking Sarah Palin, said this:
Speaking on his radio show Wednesday, Limbaugh said the earthquake has played into Obama’s hands, allowing the president to look “compassionate” and “humanitarian” while at the same time bolstering his standing in both the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country.”
He added: “We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”
Like Robertson, it’s not the first time Limbaugh has said something controversial. Unlike Robertson, Limbaugh makes a career out of controversial statements. He’s come back to say that he did not imply that aid should not be given to Haiti, but that it shouldn’t go through the government. I can’t argue with that.
And I can’t argue with the fact that he asserts that the White House will use this for political gain or that the government isn’t the best vehicle for a response. How dare he assert that? Have we so quickly forgotten how the left savaged George W. Bush for Katrina?
Look, I’m a sometimes listener to Rush. More often than not, he calls it correctly. And being outrageous is just what he does. Criticize him all you want, he’ll be happy that it boosts his ratings.
Go ahead and make the story about Rush, because it conveniently allows you to ignore the loonies on the left.
Enter Danny Glover, downstage left…
Glover says that the quake is the result of global warming. Apparently Gaia is mad.
“When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I’m sayin’?”
Not familiar with Gaia?
The Gaia hypothesis is an ecological hypothesis proposing that the biosphere and the physical components of the Earth (atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere) are closely integrated to form a complex interacting system that maintains the climatic and biogeochemical conditions on Earth in a preferred homeostasis.
So, a vengeful Gaia takes out wrath for global warming on one of the poorest, least industrialized nations in the world?
Yeah, that’s “Earth in the Ballance” for ya.
Come on people. Thousands of people are dead and thousands more are suffering in Haiti. There’s untold economic damage that will take years to repair. Let’s focus a bit on the need and what we can really do to help.
Where do I fit in all of these statements? We live in a sinful, fallen world. A world where evil and destruction abound. Why a sovereign God allows this, I don’t understand. But it’s not my role to understand.
It’s my role to respond. It’s my role to do what I can to make things better. I hope that, in some small way, I can.