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After our discussion today, I ran across this informative and objective take on his comments:

Hopefully with this thread we can (figuratively, of course) lay Pat to rest.

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  1. Unknown User (ftaylor1858)

    While I don't feel comfortable discrediting everything about Fundamentalism, I do believe that they are wrong in condemning people and/or countries for sins which are none of their business to condemn if they did or didn't in fact happen. The Furman Chaplain, Dr. Vaughn CroweTipton, wrote a response to Pat Robertson in the Greenville newspaper a few weeks ago. It's a good article and I respect him a lot for writing it.

  2. Unknown User (scrane)

    Lee, That is a very interesting and enlightening piece. Thanks for sharing and helping to clarify some for me the history behind this claim by Pat Robertson.  Interesting how misinformed he seems to be.  I hope that his comments lead to more people looking into the history of Haiti and the reality of the nation today rather than just outrage at the speaker himself. 

    Sadly, I believe Robertson's claims, when examined more closely, would lead to defaming God, as we discussed in class and as Dr. Crowe Tipton touches on, rather than being helpful or being truth. A God who claims to be a God of love is a part of the relief effort and it would not line up that this same God would have directly been seeking to punish people. I really like what Dr. Crowe Tipton said about Robertson's similar comments about Katrina: "if Robertson was correct then God missed. The “sins” Robertson named were lived out in the French Quarter of New Orleans — an area missed by Katrina’s wrath." I do not believe these disasters are aimed directly at sin or personal choices as punishment, and the comments from Robertson are sad and seem very misinformed to me.

  3. Unknown User (pmoore)

    Although the bottom of the article says that the accuracy may be questionable, I found the two paragraphs towards the end to be helpful in explaining some of the reasons Haiti has had trouble developing as a nation. The author states that the history of the two nations is very complex, but these quick and general facts lay out some basic ideas.  While the Dominican Republic seems to be more economically stable with tourism as a central factor, Haiti has one of the worst economies in the world.

    The article shows how precious resources are to the island nations; and how the drier Haitian side, whose rain forest has been degraded to about 5% of what it used to be, has really hurt the prosperity of the people.  The exploitation by the French left Haiti with not much to build upon, and causes me to reflect on the future of the globe and how we use its natural resources.  Once there is nothing left, how will our economies and people respond?

  4. Unknown User (mmorris1821)

    As a Christian and a human, I am (still) really upset over what Pat Robertson said.  But even more concerning to me are the many Americans who agree with him.  And, now I'm getting a little off topic, the many South Carolinians who found validity in Andre Bauer's comparision of children on free or reduced lunch to stray dogs.  As we've been talking about the resistance theories to globalization, it seems as though those of us in the "one-third" world need to drastically change our behavior to improve the lives of those in the "two-thirds" world and and the longevity of the planet itself.  But with powerful people making comments like these and garnering sizable public support, is there any hope?  Will the Americans living in relative luxury ever be willing to give up their Kate Spade handbags?  Sorry this is kind of irrevelant to this thread and sorry for the pessimism...