Scientology creep, John Travolta, whose involvement in the religion/cult may or may not be responsible for the death of his child, is sending “volunteer ministers” from the Church/Cult of Scientology to Haiti.
I could say a lot more but the Gawker pretty much has it covered.
My question is, is it worse to appeal to your fundamentalist base by saying that Haiti deserved it because they’ve sold their soul or to try to take advantage of the horror in an attempt to gain converts to your creepy religion? Answers in essay form, please.
I know Pat Robertson is generally certifiable, but I don’t understand why he went all Deal with the Devil on the Haitians. It’s a very Christian country, and one that doesn’t do anything to him politically. Normally you can parse the politics behind his insanity, but he’s just a jerk apparently.
So, instead of blaming the victim or merely praying for Haiti, why not actually chip in whatever you can manage. Even just ten dollars would help, and I think it’s a tax write off, if you’re into that. “Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. SOS. SOS… Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us.”
If you feel the need to pray after that, fine, but actually help them first.
EDIT: Easier: Text ‘HAITI” to “90999” for a $10 donation to the Red Cross from your phone. “YELE” to “501501” will donate $5 to the Yele Earthquake Fund It’ll be on your phone bill.