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Posted on 01/17/2010 5:21:04 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Why God Hates Haiti
The frustrating theology of suffering.
By Lisa Miller | NEWSWEEK
Published Jan 15, 2010
From the magazine issue dated Jan 25, 2010
Haiti is surely a Job among nations. It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere: half its population lives on less than a dollar a day. With 98 percent of its forests felled and burned for firewood, Haiti is uniquely vulnerable to flooding from hurricanes. In 2008 four storms in as many weeks left a million homeless. Haiti has an infant-mortality rate worse than that of many African nations, and its people are plagued by disease: diarrhea, hepatitis, typhoid fever, dengue fever, malaria, and leptospirosis are rampant there. This litany doesn't even touch on Haiti's disastrous political history, most notably the reign of François (Papa Doc) Duvalier, who assassinated and tortured more than 30,000 in the 1960s.
Now, with as many as 100,000 dead in last week's earthquake, a sensible person of faith has to grapple with the problem of what scholars call theodicy. If God is good and intervenes in the world, then why does he make innocents suffer? Why, as Job might have said, would God "crush an impoverished people with a tempest and multiply their wounds without cause? He will not let them get their breath."
For Pat Robertson, the TV evangelist, the answer is simple: it's the Haitians' own fault, presumably for practicing voodoo. On the Christian Broadcasting Network last week, Robertson alluded to events leading up to the Haitian Revolution of 1791, history's rare successful slave revolt. On the eve of the revolt, insurgents gathered in a forest called the Bois Caiman to swear a blood oath.
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The "curse" of Haiti seems to stem more from the consequences of free will.
Rather than follow the American Revolutionaries' example of reason and enlightenment, Haiti seems to have perpetuated 220 years of "The Reign of Terror" in the same fashion as The French Revolution...
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein.
France is blaming the U.S. for delayed medical help, Chavez says we are ‘occupiers under the name of aid’.
Hillary Clinton had a damage control PR stunt on Obama’s behalf, but who was she talking to? Hatians have no t.v or radio and are starving and dying of dehydration in the streets, because the U.N. won’t let the U.S. come in and do what we do so well!! But she did bring the diplomats mustard, soap and cigarettes (who knows what else)!
Haitians say ‘it’s the white outsider’s to blame.’
I lost my sympathy for them. Not another penny.
Haiti is an experiment that proves that Africa was helped by colonial rule.
After the slave revolt the new leaders hunted down and exterminated all the whites. Even the ones the new leaders had invited to settle there.
Haiti suffers from being an “accidental country.” It was somewhat inadvertently established by the French, after a colony of French Protestant pirates took up residence on what is now the Haitian end of the island of Hispaniola. The Spanish tried to get them out but didn’t have the forces to spare and eventually, as the result of the settlement of a different war, ceded that end of the island to the French (the nation of France, that is, and not just the pirates).
The Dominican Republic had the oldest university and the oldest cathedral, among other things, in the New World. Haiti had...ta da...nothing.
Its history is complicated and bloody, but I have always felt that one of its big problems was the fact that it really wasn’t, like places such as Mexico or New England, a place that was seen by its colonizers as the future home of a society somewhat similar to the one they had left behind. There never seems to have been a plan for Haiti’s future, and expecting African slaves, swept up by the Muslims from tribes across Africa, to spontaneously generate one is somewhat unrealistic. I think they’re still suffering from this lack of a plan.
It appears that Obama is annexing Haiti.
‘Revolution in Haiti’
They exterminated the whites.
I do feel for the people But I would never give a dime to the evil UN or Whitehouse.gov. Catholic charities is the best bet to get aid to the people and not the corrupt middlemen that will suddenly demand a cut.
The point I started to make was that I get the feeling that this is another crisis that Rham isn't letting go to waste.
Job was a righteous man who was being tested by Satan...and God permitted it, for his own glory, which he duly received at the end.
Haiti is not a righteous nation. Frankly, neither are we.
(Off Thread Topic, but interesting)
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stepping back in time...
Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 April, 2003, 14:35 GMT 15:35 UK
“Haiti makes voodoo official”
PHOTO CAPTION: “Over 90% of Haitians are said to practice voodoo”
SNIPPET: “Voodoo has been practised in Haiti since the late 18th Century, but only now has it been recognised as a religion on a par with others worshipped in the country.”
Obama and his band of neo-communists have finally found a constituancy that really does need them. Gag! They will never let go.
US out of UN!
US out of UN!
200 years of corruption, cruelty, and greed have everything to do with the hell of Haiti.
“It appears that Obama is annexing Haiti.”
Obama feeds them and ACORN signs them up to vote: sounds very ‘Chicago’ to me!
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