Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti and Pat Robertson

Shepard Smith at FoxNews and Right Wing Watch are both criticizing Pat Robertson for his remarks regarding Haiti. I've criticized Robertson before, but not for this:

"Fair and balanced": Lefty Shepard Smith balances out Glenn Beck.


America, a Christian Nation - Christ, the Root of Our Liberties

America is a Protestant Nation

America: A Calvinist Nation

Why has there been less happiness in Haiti than in America?

Prosperity: The Pursuit of Happiness

True Religion vs. Voodoo Socialism

Magic, Envy, and Economic Underdevelopment

America was officially a Christian nation. Haiti gives official recognition to the religion of voodoo. The results have been predictable:

Boston Globe Online / Nation World / Official recognition of voodoo in Haiti stirs enthusiasm, concern

BBC NEWS Americas Voodoo's spell over Haiti

AP Wire 07/26/2003 Haiti Voodoo Pilgrimage Draws Thousands

The Only Hope for Haiti

God Ordained Duvalier

Update: Statement Regarding Pat Robertson's Comments on Haiti

Emergency aid is needed, and Robertson's organization is helping supply it; government-to-government foreign aid to Haiti to "re-build Haiti" is not the long-term solution to Haiti's spiritual and material problems. Haiti needs investment, not government aid, but wise investors will not plant capital in a voodoo economy.

Does God Hate Haiti? -

Thousands of deaths in Haiti are the result of "false religion." Spiritual darkness produces poverty which creates ramshackle housing that cannot withstand earthquakes. The "Protestant Work Ethic" creates the infrastructure that makes it possible to save more lives. James Madison is called "the father of the Constitution." One of his most famous works is "The Memorial and Remonstrance" of 1785, written in opposition to a bill in the Virginia legislature. In section 12, Madison opposed the bill on the following grounds:

12. Because, the policy of the bill is adverse to the diffusion of the light of Christianity. The first wish of those who enjoy this precious gift, ought to be that it may be imparted to the whole race of mankind. Compare the number of those who have as yet received it with the number still remaining under the dominion of false Religions; and how small is the former! Does the policy of the Bill tend to lessen the disproportion? No; it at once discourages those who are strangers to the light of (revelation) from coming into the Region of it; and countenances, by example the nations who continue in darkness, in shutting out those who might convey it to them. Instead of levelling as far as possible, every obstacle to the victorious progress of truth, the Bill with an ignoble and unchristian timidity would circumscribe it, with a wall of defence, against the encroachments of error.

All legislation should promote the true religion, and lessen the number of people trapped in the darkness of false religions.

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