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Friday, January 15, 2010

I actually should have known this was going to happen.

So, as most of you know a recent magnitude seven earthquake has devastated the nation of Haiti. The suffering there, so far as I can tell, is simply horrendous and they need as much help as they can get. If you're interested in giving to the relief efforts, allow me to suggest contributing via SHARE, the Skeptics and Humanist Aid and Relief Effort. All donations—100 percent with no operating costs retained—will be sent directly to the secular aid group Doctors Without Borders, which suffered the loss of all three of its medical facilities and is working against difficulties to provide the basics of first-aid care and stabilization. Why use SHARE instead of Doctors Without Borders directly? No reason, really, except to make sure people know that humanists give money too. There seems to be doubt about that in certain quarters.

Or, you know, you could give money via Pat Robertson, who thinks Haiti was hit with an earthquake, as well as poverty and political instability, because their ancestors made a pact with the devil. No, not kidding:

Or, in plain text:

And, you know, Kristi, 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 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 French.” True story. And so, the devil said, “OK, it’s a deal.”

And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other. Desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle. On the one side is Haiti; on the other side is the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, et cetera. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. They need to have and we need to pray for them a great turning to God. And out of this tragedy, I’m optimistic something good may come. But right now, we’re helping the suffering people, and the suffering is unimaginable.

Notice the woman next to him who seems to be struggling not to gape at his lunacy. Honestly, I don't know what amazes me more: that he wants to blame the victims for a natural disaster or that he's advocating donating to people he more or less claims are devil worshippers.

In the end, though, it matters less how you give and much more that you give. If you prefer to give via an organization that thinks the Haitians deserved what they got, hey, that's your deal.*

* Please note that I'm castigating Pat Robertson's charity specifically, not religious charities generally. Religious charities and, and do, provide a great deal of assistance. Some of them, anyway. Personally I prefer secular charities so that I know I'm not funding religious indoctrination, but that's my deal.

Hat-tip to unreasonable faith.

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Blogger scripto said...

Although I am the World's Worst Catholic™, I donated to Catholic Relief Services. They appear to have a good ground game there. The Mennonites are the real deal, too. They are a big presence in our community. Their fascination with creationism bugs me, but I have to say, for Christians, they walk the walk and don't advertise it. It's pretty cool that there is a skeptics charity org, though.

Sunday, January 17, 2010 1:06:00 PM  

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