Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hateful "History" Lessons from Pat Robertson (and a 20th Century German Leader)

This is terrifying, heartless and wildly inaccurate in so many ways I literally had to watch it twice to make sure I'd heard it properly. This is yet another in a long line of hateful proclamations from a guy who's giving American Christians a bad name. Why do people continue to buy advertising time during his show? And why does the show appear on ABC Family (a Disney-owned network)?

Napoleon III was elected President in 1848, forty-five years after Haitian independence.  He later became dictator and was crowned Emperor in 1852. He reigned until he was deposed in September 1870.

The island of Saint Dominigue (later Haiti) achieved independence from the French in 1803 after 12 years of violence and upheaval. The French ruler at the time was Napoleon I (Napoleon Bonaparte).

Interestingly, Robertson's story reminded me of this quote from Adolf Hitler:
It is thanks to the German princes that the German nation was unable to redeem itself for good from the Jewish menace. In this, too, unfortunately, nothing changed as time went on; all they obtained from the Jew was the thousandfold reward for the sins they had once committed against their peoples. They made a pact with the devil and landed in hell. 
Mein Kampf (Vol 1, Chapter 11)
Perhaps the lesson to be learned from this is that hate can be disguised as love or faith and cloaked in the trappings of religion as easily as it can be disguised as history or politics and cloaked in the trappings of patriotism.

Question everything.  Look deeper.  Seek your own answers.

Wanna help in Haiti?  Got this from the US State Department Site: "To help with relief efforts, text "HAITI" to "90999" and $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill."

UPDATE (1/14/10 7:10pm EST):
On Thursday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said this about Pat Roberts:  "It never ceases to amaze me that in times of amazing human suffering somebody says something that can be so utterly stupid."

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