Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti Tragedy Draws Controversial Commentary

Televangelist Pat Robertson has caused quite a stir with his remarks about Haiti's recent catastrophic earthquake by hurling accusations of ties to the devil.

“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. You know, Napoleon III, or whatever. 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 so, the Devil said, okay it’s a deal.”



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As usual, Rush Limbaugh chimes in with the foolishness as well.
Limbaugh says, "[W]e've already donated to Haiti. It's called the U.S. income tax"

The religious right always likes to act as the voice of God and speak on how tragedy is punsihment for wickedness. The same ideology got African-American leaders such as Malcolm X and Jeremiah Wright in trouble when speaking of American troubles being the cause of the "chickens coming to roost". The same remarks were made by the right after Hurrican Katrina. Some claimed it as an act of God as punishment for the notoriously free spirited city. I can't believe that people like that still get air time. As for Limbaugh, I also find it astonishing that Republicans want to spend us into debt by waging war but they cry foul when it is time for us to offer aid. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the death toll is said to have climbed to hundreds of thousands with three million affected by the 7.0 earthquake travesty which hit the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Our role as a powerful nation should not be limited to imperialism, but we also should offer aid without ulterior motives.

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President Barack Obama offered remarks about the Haiti earthquake emergency.



I happen to know someone directly affected by the tragedy. He has yet to hear from relatives on the Caribbean island, namely his grandmother. It's easy to feel helpless even though we feel for our neighbors. How can we help?

To make a donation through the state department:
TEXT the word "HAITI" to 90999, to make a donation. $10

WYCLEF's YELE Foundation- Text "YELE" to 501501. You will be charged $5 on your mobile phone bill and proceeds will go through Wyclef's YELE Foundation to support relief efforts.

If you are looking for an American Citizen in Haiti you can call the State Department: 1-800-407-4747

Also visit www.yele.com and www.redcross.org to find out more about aid.

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