Earlier tonight, I dropped a status update on Facebook, and the story in this link is now on fire on the Interweb:
Robertson: Haiti ‘cursed’ since Satanic pact POLITICO.com
It’s always angered me whenever ministers call out tragedies and horrors for the “sins” of groups, like when Jerry Falwell blamed the 9/11 attacks on “pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians.” It’s just simpleminded and judgmental. It needs to stop.
I didn’t realize how deep my understanding of this improper place of blame went until I got this email from my mother in response to said status update (posted with permission):
I wanted to respond to your Facebook posting about Pat Robertson but did not want to post on Facebook. I remember years ago, when a little nine year old boy went to a new church with a bad cold. He did not want to go to his Sunday school class, so he stayed in the adult class with his parents. They were studying a book by Pat Robertson, in which he said that people get sick because they have sin in their lives. Out loud, the 9 year old boy said, “I don’t think this is the church for us.” His parents agreed. They chose not to go to that church again. Wisdom beyond your years carried on into your adulthood. The situation in Haiti makes me so sad. Wish there was an explanation, but sometimes the only explanation is that sometimes life just sucks. 😦
How awesome is that?
PS. I was the 9-year-old boy (if you didn’t figure that one out).
PPS. One Love.