Posts Tagged ‘Haiti’

With Limbaugh, however, there is no explanation…

January 14, 2010

…he’s just an asshole. So the American income tax, one of the lowest rates in the world, a fact that partially explains our ridiculous debt, is a reason not to donate to Haiti? Everyday a Republican doesn’t rebuke this pitiable prick is another day I refuse to vote for a Republican. (By the way, we’re up to 2016. That’s when I’m allowing myself to consider voting Republican again. But it’s moving to 2018 rapidly.)

Trying to understand Pat Robertson, the Temanite

January 14, 2010

Many people have been posting Pat Robertson’s pretty vile explanation of the Haitian earthquake. No one that I’ve seen has attempted to justify what he says, though. I’m sure some people agree with him since he has such a following, but I’m not sure how significant it is.

As horrible as what he said is, something must be behind it. Though he has said a number of racist things in the past, I don’t know if his motivation is purely racist in this case. I think what he does is that when he sees something horrendous occur in the world, either naturally or at the hands of humans, he feels there must be some reason for it.

His moral imagination is tied to his theology. He has a view of God that is quite strong, for good or bad. If Haiti has experienced such a tragic history, something must be at the root of it. So he does a cursory glance at the history of Haiti and notes that they have a voodoo religion. Matt Yglesias does a good job of explaining it here. (more…)