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Haiti Earthquake

Haitian Earthquake Victim

According to the New York TImes, (bottom of the article) Pat Robertson said that the earthquake in Haiti was a “blessing in disguise” and as a result of the pact Haiti had made with the devil 200 years ago.  According to the same article, Rush Limbaugh adivsed people NOT to donate to charities for the earthquake relief as we already donate through our income taxes.

This, to me, is the epitome of anti-humanism.  I will not judge all religious people to be as crass and unloving as Robertson but I will say that I don’t know which I despise more, the people who make these statements of hate and fear, or the people who listen to these crackpots.  How can anyone who has gone through our 12 years of education agree to follow these cultists? 

Anyone who as a human and is capable of sympathy and empathy should know that the important issues aren’t “pacts with the devil” but rather questions.  I am on the Board of Eritaj which is a foundation set up to provide health and education assistance to the children and adults of Haiti.  We have set up an 800 number for the local Haitians to call with questions about their friends and family.  And that’s what it’s all about right now – questions.  There are no answers coming from a country whose infrastructure, including telecommunications, has been destroyed.  And there are no answers coming from some unseen god.

Those here in the Boston area are wondering if their loved ones are safe, or injured, or dead, or missing.  If safe, are they able to live in their houses or are they homeless?  If injured, are they slightly injured or critically injured?  If dead, is anyone able to take care of their bodies or are they piled up on the street with the thousands of other bodies?  If missing, what will it take to make contact with them?

Anyone who has anything less than sympathy and empathy for these Haitians who are slow-dying, is less than human and has no right to be in a position where people listen to them.  (And these are the same people who will say that Humanists don’t have any morals or ethics.)

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  1. 1 Ian
    January 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Many who are non-religious and atheists who claim themselves as “libertarians” have followed these same quotes. I find it abhorrent and derogatory to the poor (both economically and in terms of luck) people of Haiti. Humanists stand with other people, and do not take opportunities like this to cast political stones.

  2. 2 curiousdwk
    January 16, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks Ian. I’m sure there are non-religious and atheists who would be in accord with Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh. Although I haven’t met any or even read of any, I’m sure, as you said, that in some Libertarian sections, they could be found. I’m sure there are people who would follow the Milton Friedman philosophy who felt that the business of business is business and shouldn’t include any social responsibility. And they would say the same for the US government. That the responsibility of the US government is strictly the US and shouldn’t include any responsibility to people in other countries.

    As you mentioned, Humanists stand with other people and I would add that they don’t recognize national boundaries. As John Donne said, “No man is an island…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

  3. January 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    It takes a special kind of “faith” to say that thousands of people getting killed, injured, bereaved and left homeless is a “blessing in disguise.” In fact, has Robertson been to Haiti recently? Maybe he should take a little trip there, let him live in the same conditions as the earthquake survivors, and then he can come back to his secure, warm, dry house with full-time electricity and clean running water and talk about blessings.

  4. 4 curiousdwk
    January 20, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Thanks AlysonMiers. Yes, I’m sure that a trip to Haiti might be the best way for him to learn empathy. (I define empathy as really understanding what and why a person thinks and feels the way(s) that they do.)


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