Wednesday, January 13, 2010

It's all clear now

The horrific tragedy in Haiti is proving to be nearly incomprehensible. There may be hundreds of thousands dead. At this very moment, there are likely thousands of people trapped under rubble, slowly dying. The Haitian government is paralyzed and has no resources. The human suffering is unimaginable.

But fear not! One man understands the cause of this disaster and is warning others! Yes, I'm talking about uber-Patriot and swell guy, Pat Robertson!
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. 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.” They kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free.

But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle, on the one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island.

This really eases my mind. This wasn't an uncontrollable natural disaster that couldn't be avoided, it was a specific response to specific malfeasance, and thus easy to avoid in the future!

But I must admit confusion; this explanation has left a few questions in my mind.
Did God curse them or the Devil?

Who is responsible for the Earthquake, the Devil or God?

If the Devil, why would he kill so many of his willing minions? Why not hit the Vatican with an earthquake?

If God, then why didn't he smite the actual Haitians who made the deal with the Devil? Or why doesn't he smite Al Qaeda instead?

How does either of them smiting some of the poorest, least well-off humans on the planet advance their cause?

Did the Dominicans have a deal with God, or does their lack of a deal with the Devil just exempt them from disasters?

80% of Haitians are Catholic and 16% are Protestant. I really don't know how to interpret the smiting in that context!

Finally, if the Devil caused it and God didn't intervene, doesn't that make God culpable? And if God caused it, doesn't that make God a huge DICK?
Well, never mind. I'm sure Pat will be back on TV any minute to answer my questions.

1 comment:

CJ said...

This is what Ed posted on this subject:

I don't consider this a political post, and I don't want to distract from the main matter at hand: which is prayer and support for Haiti. But I (and MANY CHRISTIANS) totally disagree with Pat Robertson's comments about Haiti and believe that God loves the Haitian people as much as the rest of us! In their time of ne...ed, it may even be scriptural to believe that God has special favor on the sick and hungry...on the widows and the orphans. This link is an amazing response to Robertson's comments. Full of grace, love, and correction. God bless Haiti.