How many times have you looked in the face of human suffering and unleashed a sucker punch to its gut?
For Pat Robertson, it’s a living. As poster boy for T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men, the televangelist said,
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.”
This was Robertson’s pitch to raise money for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti!
One hundred thousand people may be dead. The most conservative estimate was 30,000. Thousands of the walking wounded arrive at hospitals only to find the medical facilities reduced to rubble. Haitians are clearing away collapsed buildings with their bare hands. And do you think America’s Greatest Recession Ever is bad? Haitians have been reduced to using dirt (soil!) as flour to make food!!! And that was 2008. It’s only gotten worse as prices for just about everything have gone up.
I’d tell Pat Robertson to go to hell, but he embodies any sort of notion about hell that I’ve ever encountered. He’s there!