Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Reactions to Tragedy in Haiti

With news of the horrific earthquake in Haiti, everyone has reacted in many different ways. Many people are contributing through the American Red Cross ( or other well known charities. The good people at Google have set up a page which has links to various disaster relief agencies ( ). Please do what you can to save lives.

Just as many Americans have generously opened their wallets to donate to disaster relief, a few have perverted ideas about the entire response to this catastrophe.


...When most people are using their time and efforts to brainstorm ways to help the citizens of Haiti, who have no doubt endured massive suffering after Tuesday’s huge earthquake, Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh opted to use theirs in a decidedly different fashion Wednesday.

Robertson, the go-to guy for agreeing with outlandish premises surrounding victim-blaming after horrific tragedies, said that the reason for Haiti’s earthquake was that the nation-state made a deal with the devil....

....On his radio program Wednesday morning, Rusty (Limbaugh) said that President Barack Obama and company would use Haiti to get closer to the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black [communities] in this country” while adding that the U.S. has “already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”

Shame on Pat Robinson. Is this how he demonstrates his Christianity?

On the other hand, I expected this type of racism and arrogance from Limbaugh.