When humanitarian tragedy strikes, you can always rely on a religious fundamentalist somewhere to come out and say something very, very stupid about what might have caused it. US evangelical Pat Robertson steps up to the plate by stating live on TV that the Haitian earthquake, which is thought to have killed tens of thousands of people, was caused by a "pact with the Devil" made by its people in the 18th century while they were under French rule. Here it is, if you can be bothered to give the man the time of day (I was tempted not to blog it, but I see it as part of my job to highlight idiocy):
I suppose one positive you can take from the video is that a disaster relief number is on display, which at least means Robertson doesn't think the people of Haiti's "pact with the Devil" excludes them from recieving humanitarian aid. On which note, if the man's words of riled you and you would like to help the victims of the earthquake, visit the Disasters Emergency Committee website.
Thursday, 14 January 2010
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