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By now, every one has heard about the unimaginable tragedy in Haiti. A country mired in misery and just barely getting by has been devastated by an "act of God" that just heaps more suffering on top of them. Americans, like we usually do, are responding with a great deal of compassion and aid, as we should. My heart is always filled with joy and sadness at times like these. Sadness that Haiti is in the position it was in to begin with. Sadness at the earthquake that has devastated so many lives. But, joy at the amount of compassion human beings can have for each other. People who really feel they can't afford it are texting $5 and $10 donations and collecting supplies for the Haitian people. America is a wonderful country.
What you have also probably heard by now are Pat Robertson's disgusting remarks about how the Haitian people made a pact with the devil decades ago and thus, have essentially brought this on themselves. I don't need to rehash for you how many times Pat has made such a stupid proclamation. The man has been thoroughly dragged through the mainstream press over it, although it seems he still has a number of followers who agree with him (how sad is that?). Many of my on-line friends have found it necessary to separate themselves, as Christians, from Pat's twisted theology. And, I can understand that. It's sad that we have to stand up and say this is not what Christianity teaches. It should be obvious. But, it's not obvious. So, we must renounce Reverend Robertson's remarks and I do. Unequivocally.
However, in throwing Mr. Robertson's theology under the bus, many are rolling over Pat, also calling him vile and evil. Keith Olbermann, in one of his rants, questions the values of the souls of Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh and equates Pat Robertson with the devil. In addition to renouncing the stupidity of Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson, I also renounce the personal attacks on Pat Robertson. The man is misguided. I think he's mentally unstable. I wonder if he's suffering from some form of dementia (besides the dementia of serving such a monstrous god for all those decades). But, as someone who aspires to practice Boddhichitta, I become the very thing I hate when I do not have compassion for someone with as warped a worldview of Pat Robertson. It's easy to feel compassion when I look at images of suffering Haitians. It's not so easy to feel compassion when I look at Pat's image above. Even, Pat Robertson's own organizations are giving aid to the Haitians (demonstrating how illogical his theology is. If God is punishing the Haitians for making a pact with the devil, should Pat be giving aid and comfort to God's enemies?) It's not easy; but feeling compassion for Mr. Robertson and even for Rush Limbaugh is something I must do. I prayed for the Haitians, of course. But, I also pray for Pat Robertson that his eyes will be opened and he'll come to understand the unlimited love and compassion of the G-d that I serve.