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.)