This blogger says Robertson is confused with a Voodo ritual, the Bois Caïman Ceremony that in Haitian national mythology initiated the revolution.
There’s no shortage of anger towards Robertson. But the National Post’s editorial believes blaming the inexplicable on divine wrath is nothing new.
‘The Greeks believed earthquakes were the result of a vengeful Poseidon smashing the earth with his trident. ..In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, religious Indonesians thought they’d been punished for straying from the path of true Islam…In the wake of the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake, no less a thinker than Voltaire questioned his faith in a benevolent entity, posing theological questions that persist to this day: What kind of God destroys schools alongside prisons, mansions alongside hovels, the good alongside the wicked?….God may have abandoned Haiti. But we shouldn’t.’
The country people are calling the unluckiest in the world also happens to be hailed as the first independent black state that laid the path to freedom for other French colonies. Whilst few are questioning Haitian’s unparalleled survival instincts, they are asking why a nation that has had freedom the longest remains the poorest. Neighbouring Dominican Republic is thriving . This article explains it all.
Calls to pray on Twitter and elsewhere have been endless – but do events like this make you want to stop praying? If you’re interested in the Christian take on this, have a read of Haiti – Where was God?
Haitians often joke that the country is 80 percent Catholic and 100 percent voodoo.
“My house is destroyed. My two brothers Patrick and Gregory are dead and we haven’t even found their bodies,” said teenager Francesca. “Now we want to find a house to sleep in. There is no one but the good Lord who can help us.”
What makes people keep faith when tragedy strikes?
‘If God loves people, why does he wipe them out? The devastating tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004, shook the faith of religious people the world over. What kind of God would kill 200,000 people in a single stroke? Why does God let anyone die?’ asks this blogger. Do you ever ask the same questions?
How can belief in a benevolent God be reconciled with natural disaster and personal tragedy?