"It is biblical, the tragedy that continues to stalk Haiti and the Haitian people,"
--- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Lauryn Hill sang, 'Forgive them father for they know not what they do',
I feel her, an I'ma let her finish, but I do respectfully disagree in two instances, I say, 'Fuck them father for they know, exactly what they do and whose this father she speaks of?
Having sd, that, I look forward to hearing what reverend Jeremiah Wright has to say about these unfortunate events.
Haitians are Christians. Pat Robertson's language is the reductio ad absurdum of the Christian right. It's so absurd it's almost funny. This notion of a pact with the devil is basically an echo of an old colonial response to the successes of the 1790s Haitian revolution.
What is this pact he's talking about?
Part of the revolution mythology is that one of the revolution leaders sacrificed a pig in Bois Caïmin in a voodoo ceremony and made a contract with Petwo [Haitian voodoo spirits]. It may or may not be true, but to call that a pact with the devil is a gross misrepresentation of what voodoo is. It's about anything but the devil. He's imposing an evangelical religious order on a much more sophisticated practice, and he's turning it into a cheap invocation of Satanism.
This is hate speech. It's saying these people are damned. It's a frequent theme among some Christians that Haiti is being punished for this supposed pact with extreme poverty and humanitarian crises. Tragically, many evangelical Christians in Haiti may actually, in their own extreme confusion and suffering and desperation, believe that God is punishing them.
Also via mifi
"I don't believe in voodoo, but I do believe in this..."