Pat Robertson and Haiti

I understand that I’m an opinionated person who sometimes can’t see another point of view. I think we are all held hostage by the movie running in our heads about what we think about this and that. It doesn’t offer commercial interruptions from others who might hold a different point of view. I try very hard to “seek to understand, rather than to be understood,” and rarely get there. But then there are times when I am actually baffled by what another person says, and I can’t help but wonder at those who follow these crazy thinkers. Do they really believe them? Do they follow blindly? Is their nod of agreement real?

Quite often of late, my feeling of incredulous disbelief comes to me from things said by the far right. This week my thoughts go to Pat Robertson.

As Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said “well over” 100,000 people may have died in the natural disaster, Robertson took to the airwaves Wednesday on his show and said that the country has been “cursed by one thing after another” since they “swore a pact to the devil.”

 

“Something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it,” Robertson said Tuesday. “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 themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another,” Robertson said.

Here is what comes to mind. How do you dial the devil to swear a pact with the devil? Do you call 1-800 Dial a Devil? I would like to get in touch with the devil. I have a few questions. I digress.

Does Robertson really believe this? Or, is he trying to get publicity, which of course he is doing on the airwaves and through stupid, self-serving blogs like my own?

Does anyone really want to continue to listen to him after hearing him say this? What happens to a brain that takes something like this statement in and doesn’t question the premise, the motive, and the waste of time listening to it? What am I missing? Do I not get it? Could I be this wrong? And, if I’m not wrong, how could they be this wrong?

According to Wikipedia, “Robertson is a Southern Baptist and was active as an ordained minister with that denomination for many years, but holds to a charismatic theology not traditionally common among Southern Baptists. He unsuccessfully campaigned to become the Republican Party’s nominee in the 1988 presidential election As a result of his seeking political office, he no longer serves in an official role for any church. His media and financial resources make him a recognized, influential, and controversial public voice for conservative Christianity in the United States.”

Apparently millions of people follow him. Millions. Who are you people that follow him and others like him? Do you look like me? Are you smarter than me? Dumber? I truly would like to talk to one of you. I seriously think that I might take a little trip down Southern Baptist Lane this summer and actually try to have a conversation with some of them. The goal would be to never comment on what they say, but to ask questions and try to figure out where their thinking comes from. I’m not kidding.

Phrases like moral majority, pro-life, conservative Christian have always baffled me. I’m in marketing and I know that turning a phrase sells a product. I get that, but it doesn’t seem like those on the left (how come we didn’t take the side called right, it has such a stronger positive connotation) turn phrases in the scary way the ‘right’ does. Let’s figure that out now. Call me the ‘caring left’ from now on. Or, the ethics majority.

Ok, I’m done I guess. Actually, I’m so not done. I’m just not sure what to do with what I’m not done with right now.

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