When something major happens, something so catastrophic, those of us on the outside can often only look on in horror at the scenes flashed on television. It is during these times when those of us who believe in a higher power, pull our faith closer to us and begin to send positive energy to those that need it. We can help with our hearts and our wallets, and one of the best things about being an American is that we unite in these times. No mind race, creed, or color; it is decency and humanity that binds us during hard times. With the earthquake in Haiti, I've seen mounds upon mounds of decency and humanity being shared through the social networks. Unfortunately, there are always some who wish to add their voices of intolerance and ignorance to the fray, spewing uncaring and ludicrous propaganda.
Today, these people are Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh.
During his broadcast today on The 700 Club, Pat Robertson (self-proclaimed "man of God") decided to share his thoughts on the tragedy in Haiti:
"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."
You would want to believe that Pat Robertson, he of considerable means and a popular platform, would use his influence to offer prayer. He is a man of God, right? It is he, as a Christian leader, that is supposed to lead the way to Christ-like behavior, right? Instead, he stands on television and spews nonsense. Perhaps the God he serves is not the one I serve. Maybe that is how he knows about this "pact with the devil."
Oh Rush...we have not forgotten thee. Do you have a writing staff, or do you make this up as you go along? The more you speak, the more folks should know that you are inciting divisiveness. Thank God for the First Amendment! Otherwise, you would be a drug-sniffing, hate-mongering used car salesman.
Times like these require compassion and decency. Is it really hard to grasp those concepts? Are we really that far gone that everything has to be politicized before it can be understood?
In the end, we are one. Let's choose to act like it.