The Punishment Hokum
Once again, televangelist Pat Roberts has taken it upon himself to divine for us the will of the Almighty. This time, instead of talking about nuking the State Department, likening gender equality to homicide, or calling for the assassination of a world leader, P.Ro has reprised his natural disaster as heavenly punishment for alleged evildoing theory. In other words, Maestro Robertson interprets not just the recent earthquake in Haiti, but all of Haiti’s troubled past, as a holy curse for Faustian negotiation by eighteenth-century rebels (who were actually slaves).
Here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5TE99sAbwM
P.Ro seemed really committed to his misbegotten conclusions, huh? I wish he had been as committed to studying history and geography; no doubt he would have learned the United States played a heavy role in the long-term unrest Haiti has suffered since the late nineteeth-century (in the form of millions of dollars paid to support cruel dictatorships our government sanctioned politically). In addition, he would have known that the land resources on Hispaniola have never been equal.
On top of that, someone had the bright idea to stick a very encouraging Black lady next to him to add credibility to his accursed Black folks fantasy. That was pure comedy, as if we had not seen the same artless maneuver when the McCain Campaign chose Sarah Palin as its vice-presidential candidate and the Republican National Committee elected Michael Steele as its chairman.
But, you could learn a lot from dummy. He did get one thing right: something good could very well come of this tragedy.
It may be a subject many people won’t want to talk about, but I’m optimistic that, for a time, we will abstain from our celebrity scandal dependence and concentrate on helping our broken neighbors rebuild their country. I also hope that each of us is aware of what more aid we could have been to Haiti if so many thousands of our people and billions upon billions of dollars of our own resources were not already heavily invested in two wars of attrition.