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What Did You Expect From Pat Robertson?

Yesterday Haiti was hit with a massive earthquake. It didn’t take long after the earthquake hit the news for televangelist Pat Robertson to say something stupid and insensitive in order to make money. The thing that gets me is that people seem surprised by this. What did you expect from Pat Robertson?

After the 911 attacks, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson talked about how the attacks shouldn’t be blamed on the people who actually attacked, but instead the attacks should be blamed on all the people Falwell and Robertson dislike and don’t agree with. Then they used the 911 attacks to raise money for their ministry (and themselves).

When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Robertson went on the air to talk about how God made the land “vomit out” in New Orleans because abortion is legal in the United States… and then he started to raise a bunch of money for him ministry.

So now, Robertson says that the people of Haiti made a deal with Satan and that people should given him a bunch of money to help fight Satan. It is easy to chastise Robertson for being an insensitive ass-clown. Everyone is doing it, but the fact is that Robertson isn’t the problem here.

First and foremost, we have to help the people of Haiti. So I recommend that people donate a dollar or more to the secular Doctors Without Borders and/or International Red Cross. That is by far the most important thing you can do.

Second, understand that science and science education could help us to develop technology which could help us better understand and predict earthquakes. So we need to support our scientific community. Fundamentalists like Pat Robertson may think that earthquakes are punishments from God, but the fact is that the devastation in Haiti could have been avoided if the scientific community had more resources available to them to learn more about earthquakes and other acts of natural. Religious superstition is a detriment to our scientific progress.

Third, we need to stop blaming Pat Robertson. The fact is that he is an easy target. He goes on television and says something stupid and insensitive, but at the end of the day he makes a ton of money saying those things. Robertson can’t wait for the next natural disaster to hit. They are big money makers for him. A large number of Americans agree with Pat and as a result, they donate to his stupid 700 Club. If everyone thought Pat was ridiculous for the stuff he said, then he wouldn’t be making a shit load of money saying it and so he would stop. But the real problem is that a large number of Americans agree with him. How did we let that happen in our modern world?

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  • PRG

    People love their victim blaming. Whether it’s God’s punishment or karma or law-of-attraction bullshit, they want to believe that life is fair and that people get what they deserve.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rothtalltales Tralf

    Or Rush Limbaugh for that matter. Yes, Obama’s urgent response to the Haitian quake is to burnish his street creds with the black folks of which 96% voted for him in 2008. What, he’s going for 98% in 2012. Unreal what sort of slime will ooze from the skulls of ignorant fucks like Pat and Rush.

    Randy

  • Michael

    Of course, what did we expect? I’ve got a lot of things that I can say about that, but you already did so in a very eloquent and civil manner without resorting to expletives or letting your emotions override your sense of logic. I’m not so sure I would’ve been able to express myself as articulately, so to that extent you have my utmost respect.

    But the problem here is that it’s a double-edge sword. Yes, what’s most important (RIGHT NOW) is to donate whatever we comfortably can to organizations like the American Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders. And while it’s also important to call someone out whenever they are WRONG, don’t you think that by doing so you only generate all the MORE publicity for this ignorant and insensitive dickwad and his ministry (sorry for the expletives, but he makes me so angry that I don’t even want to mention his name!) ?

    I’m glad to see people stand up against what this asshole had to say, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes I wonder if it’s best to simply ignore these fucktards and simply just do what they can to help the people in need, rather than waste our precious time ripping this insensitive douchebag apart.

    Of course what I’d REALLY love to see is the government of Haiti flat out REJECTING any of his or his ministry’s donations. Personally, I’d think I’d rather starve to death and maintain my dignity, than to be insulted like that, be somebody’s bitch, and be given food, clothing, shelter and medicine!

    Thanks for the GREAT post!

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      Actually, I think we should give him attention. I think the more attention we can focus on Robertson’s insanity and other Christian’s insanity the better. Let the rational world see how nuts these guys are. Just my opinion, I could be wrong.

  • http://www.skepticink.com/incredulous Edward Clint

    One just opened a couple blocks from where I live. I will never step foot in it.

  • http://BitchSpot.JadeDragonOnline.com Cephus

    I don’t boycott anyone, but to be honest, I don’t like their food, therefore I don’t eat there. It’s pretty hard to be universal in a boycott anyhow, for all you know, the franchisee for McDonalds that you just went to gives money to the Westboro Baptist Church.

  • blondiqt

    Deep fried chicken anus and racist BuyBull quotes just aren’t for me. I refuse to clog my arteries for any fairy gods and I don’t drink the kool aid either. Anybody who “loves” fast food loves an early death by heart attack, stroke and/or cancer. But some ppl “love” death and that’s their “right”. Christians welcome death cause they turn into little angels and dance on a cloud…with Jesus. Glory be to the fairy gods.

  • Maury