Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Blaming God For Haiti

They were under the heel of the French, you know Napoleon the third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the prince.' True story. And so the devil said, 'Ok it’s a deal.' And they kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got something themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another," Pat Robertson.

Considering Napoleon III was born seven years after the Haitian Revolution Mr Robertson alludes to, i struggle to put much faith in what the Evangelist has to say about this matter but i am interested in the reaction of the Religious to horrific events like the Haitian earthquake.
The Archbishop of York John Sentamu said he had "nothing to say to make sense of this horror" but the first reaction of Atheists, is to turn to the religious and say, 'well, explain that then'.
It is quite a contradictory position for us non-believers to take, to deny there is such a person until something like this happens and then when it does, to ask the believers to try and justify their 'loving Gods' actions to us.
My view is there is no God and this was simply a question of shifting plate tectonics, an event that has gone on since the planet was first formed. In that reply we have the answers to how and why based on indisputable geographical evidence so why look for other reasons, especially in an area we gladly dismiss?
God didn't summon it up to punish the Haitians as he didn't summon the Indonesian Tsunami in 2003 because to me, there is no God and as much as we might like to see the religious squirm with our demands to hear them justify his actions, it is hypocrisy to pick the times where we can say it has his fingerprints all over it to shift sides.
Besides, as one person of the Christian persuasion said to me today, he wiped out every living thing on earth with a flood so 100,000 Haitians is small fry.


Cheezy said...

I don't have any teleological faith, but if I did, I'm not sure whether events like the Haitian earthquake would be enough to shake it (pun not intended).

(From what I hear from religious people I know, terrestrial catastrophes like this don't usually affect their fundamental belief in a God).

What I am fairly sure of though, is that nothing that Pat Robertson ever said would change my mind about anything. He's a strange racist crackpot who I mainly know for agreeing with Jerry Falwell that abortionists, feminists and homosexuals helped bring about 9-11. Urgh.

Falling on a bruise said...

I did stumble across a couple of blogs where the jist was actually, Pat Robertson may have a point which i found quite weird. I would have thought anyone with even the most basic IQ would see it as crap. Apparently not.

I did also stumble across some Atheist blogs which seemed to go along the lines of what i said here, they don't believe in God but they want those who do to justify his actions to them. Seemed a bit hypocritical to me.

Anonymous said...

lucy, lucy, lucy,

didn't you see what chavez said... the usa tested a new weapon that caused the earthquake... one of his most rational thoughts... he is such a freak...


Falling on a bruise said...

I didn't see that about Chavez Q, he must have been sniffing his own socks that day.

Anonymous said...


here you go...


i'm sure that a person can be this wacky and still have credibility when it comes to economics - NOT


Falling on a bruise said...

Thanks q.