Many christian bloggers seem to be either disassociating themselves from Pat Robertson's remarks, or at least trying to find the "truth" in them by applying various "contexts". Here are my thoughts.
The actual truth is, accidents happen, the are just accidents, flukes. The poor people of Haiti felt this in a particularly acute way because they are impoverished and do not have the same level of building codes and infrastructure a more developed country would have under the same circumstances. This is not god, vengeance, or anything, its just a terrible tragedy and we need to step up and help them. God, in fact, is imaginary. False hope to many for certain, but false none the less. Stuff happens. Pat Robertson is just added proof that there actually is no god, and he is behaving as a delusional person would be expected to behave, and the evangelical christian community is quietly in agreement with him because they share his delusion.
Given all the terrible things Pat Robertson has said for no purpose other than to keep himself in the news and controversial, you would think this extremely vengeful god would ultimately strike him down with some ironic disease like losing his voice or all ability to do anything but listen and observe. But, again, since god is imaginary, that wont happen, and even if it did, it would only be yet another fluke.
The best way to support the people of Haiti for most of us is going to be ensuring that support remains consistent well beyond the media hype that is going on now. When the country is relegated to the bottom of page 12 on CNN, that is when the real "heros" will appear, and support for them will be the most important. I thought it was kind of sad to see Sanjay Gupta taking care of a minor cut on a 15 month old baby in Haiti as front page news on CNN.com today. Seemed a bit opportunistic to say the least, the ultimate "photo op". I wonder what he does "off camera".
Labels: CNN, god is imaginary, Haiti, Pat Robertson, Sanjay Gupta