Pat Robertson and Danny Glover on Haiti — What’s the Difference?

So, we already know that Pat Robertson is an embarrassment.  His comments on Wednesday insinuating that Haiti has fallen into earthquake-induced crisis because the nation is “cursed” for having made a “pact with the Devil” are inconceivably insensitive, irresponsible, and frankly reflect poorly on normal, everyday God-fearing, right-thinking Americans like you and like me.

However, some comments which aren’t quite getting the same exposure in the press came from Hollywood actor and Hugo Chavez bosom buddy Danny Glover, who said that the devastating earthquake in Haiti was Mother Earth’s response to a fruitless global warming conference recently held in Copenhagen.  “This,” he said, “is what happens.”

I fail to see the difference between the two.  And yet, if you turn your focus to social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, the venom and vitriol toward Robertson is bubbling over, while Glover’s remarks go completely unnoticed.

Both fail to see that this is anything other than a natural disaster (as opposed to, say, one of those “man-made disasters” facilitated by the failure of inept Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano) and, much worse, both blame people for it — Robertson blames the Haitian people and the historical practice of voodoo rituals, while Glover blames the human race as a whole, no doubt because we haven’t managed to destroy the world economy in order to save the globe from a debunked scientific theory based more in Marxist thought than fact.

And make no mistake about it: global warming is a religion.  In fact, according to the late scientific fiction author Michael Crichton, it is the new “religion of choice for urban athiests.”

“If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths,” Crichton said in a September 2003 speech. “There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there’s a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe.”

Quite honestly, while I may be a little biased, as nicely as Crichton may have made his case I think America’s Right editor Robert Wallace put it best back in October, in a piece entitled Where Angels Fear to Tread.  Robert wrote:

[J]ust as Christianity operates at both the individual level and the global level, there is a global perspective on religious environmentalism.

According to the tenets of liberalism, the fundamental sin is inequality. And in the world the greatest instance of inequality was the rise of the West starting in the 15th century. Prior to that time, power had been relatively evenly distributed throughout the world, but ever since the 1400s the Europeans (and then European-based nations like Australia and the United States) have risen to an unprecedented level of power relative to the rest of the world.

The root of that inequality is industrialization. Which, coincidentally, makes traditional industrialized Western society the snake in the Garden that got the rest of humanity vicariously kicked out.

  • The pre-industrialized world = Eden.
  • Adam Smith, Thomas Edison, etc. = the Snake.
  • Industrialization = the Fall.

Now we’re all living in sin. So what’s next? The Flood.

This is the world global warming alarmists inhabit. It’s not about climate change variables and esoteric complex systems theory. It’s about sin and retribution. Because we are relatively prosperous we are therefore evil, and if we do not repent (via “environmental justice”) then the seas will rise and we will drown. And we will deserve it.

Danny Glover doesn’t care about the planet.  He doesn’t care about climate change variables and esoteric complex systems theory.  Danny Glover cares about sin and retribution, and judging upon his relationship with Hugo Chavez, according to Danny Glover the great sin here is success, the inequality which has come from the rise of the West, the vast inequity that we have failed to atone for through making concessions of our success and prosperity at summits like the one in Copenhagen.

And so the Western world has brought upon itself a disastrous earthquake with an epicenter of five miles below the island of Hispaniola.  Mankind deserved to be punished.  When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I’m sayin’?

How is Danny Glover any different from Pat Robertson, who vomited out the idea that the Haitians deserved to be punished for practicing voodoo rituals in generations past?

The answer, folks, is that the only difference here is that Robertson is qualifying his madness by associating it with the Christian faith while Glover bases his own stupidity on the religion of farcical climate science, and that it is Christianity which–to these people, at least–epitomizes closed-mindedness,while those who take their media-fueled concern for the fraud that is man-made global warming to a fanatical level are somehow more open and honest with themselves, with others, and with Mother Earth.

It is Pat Robertson’s faith in God and the Devil at all which brings ire surpassed only by that brought as a result of his flagrantly inappropriate comments.  Danny Glover blamed mankind as a whole for the Haitian earthquake, but because he did so based upon a belief in a manufactured-but-fashionable socio-environmental crisis, his comments are ignored by the mainstream media and consequently perceived to be just fine with the American people.

I fail to see the difference.  At this time, we should be praying and donating our time and our money to help those in Haiti affected by this natural disaster–an unfortunate shift in tectonic plates and nothing more–get some semblance of life back together.

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  1. Boston Blackie says:

    Let’s see if Glover puts his money where his mouth is and donates some of HIS MONEY to Haiti.

  2. TNelson says:

    I suppose the difference is that Danny Glover does not have a regularly broadcast television show that allows him to spew forth his nonsense. Everyone knows that Danny Glover is completely irrelevant to….well, anything! Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who take Mr. Robertson very seriously.

    While I agree with you in principle, there’s a huge difference, Jeff. I’m actually shocked that you can’t see it.

  3. Jeff Schreiber says:

    TNelson — I’d be willing to bet a large amount of money that more Americans know who Danny Glover is than Pat Robertson

  4. TNelson says:

    I don’t disagree about people knowing Danny Glover, but I’d double down on the bet that Pat Robertson has influence over far more people than Danny Glover ever will.
    While the Hollywood elite do try to influence people from their ‘fantasy island’ perspective of the real world, the actual amount of influence– especially from a washed-up has been like Danny Glover– has to be minimal.

    I’m not that cynical Jeff, not yet. Close, but not quite!

  5. TNelson says:

    I also find it so ironic and disturbing that, on one hand you have Mr. Robertson who with his irresponsible comment(s) lights a fire under the far lefties! They use him to (erroneously) prove their point regarding the evils of Christianity. And yet, the godless completely ignore the fact that it is Christian groups who have, are, and will be in Haiti doing the most good. And they do it with their own money, strictly for the benefit of others!

    I just don’t get people anymore!

  6. Lilly says:

    Jeff- I have to ask. Did you watch the video of Robertson’s comments? Don’t get me wrong, I am not a fan of his, but I think the left has totally screwed this one up for their benefit. Even the article to WP that you linked to states,

    “His spokesman said the Wednesday comments were based on Voodoo rituals carried out before a slave rebellion against French colonists in 1791.
    Spokesman Chris Roslan says Robertson never stated that Tuesday’s earthquake was God’s wrath. He says Robertson’s Operation Blessing group is sending millions of dollars in medication and relief workers to the country.”

    Which is exactly what he stated in the interview, minus the dollar part. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ4dA6kZsEs
    He said that they’ve been cursed, but not in the content that the media spun it, but as in they KEEP having horrible things happen to the country. No where does he say that anyone deserved it.
    Please watch the video. You can tell he cares deeply for the people that this affect.

    Yeah, Glover’s an idiot!

  7. William A. Rose says:

    There is alot of radical stuff written in the Bible, as compared to modern perspectives and so on. I think the worst problem mankind has is that we do not know what is in the Bible, and if we do, we do not believe it. God is portrayed as love and kindness and benevolent. Justice, chastisement, things associated with rearing an unruly child (you and I), are not spoken of or are glossed over to be made non-consequential or irrelevant.

    There are things going on that we do not understand and probably could not understand – even if God spelled it out clearly in contemporary vernacular, etc.

    Pat Robertson does come across as a whacko. His comments are always radical and simply are hard to swallow. But, as with anyone, whatever is said should be checked out and not immediately accepted. That’s personal responsibility on each of our parts.

    I won’t say anything further on this, as I know i’d definitely torque some folks off – not that I’m worried about it. Truth is often times much more difficult to accept than what we really want to hear.

  8. J.B. says:

    Pat Robertson could be right. I’m in agreement that God executes His wrath thru nature. The Bible is replete with instances. We cannot know for sure if Haiti’s tragedy is one of them. It is a fact that Haiti is a culture of demonism, witchcraft, and other blaqck arts. God is not pleased with that. The universe is His and He is in control.

  9. Gail B. says:

    Who the h— is Danny Glover?! I never see him on Glenn Beck or Fox News anywhere. Guess it shows that I don’t spend my time watching fictional stuff. That’s one reason I don’t watch Barack Obama-Soetoro–I can’t believe ANYTHING he says.

    Now, Pat Robertson is another matter. There are millions of people who watch him religiously (pardon the pun).

    I see your point, Jeff.

    And, Lilly, you certainly did your homework!

  10. zvar at five says:

    Pat Robertson’s show is intended to spread the Christian faith, and is not a show about current events or politics. All of Robertson’s facts are correct – prior to the 1791 rebellion, there was a non Christian ritual (pig’s head, blood, etc). Christians should believe that God cares about nations as well as individuals. Who is to say how/when/where God intervenes? It is possible that the earthquake was retribution from God – who can say he/she knows for SURE it was not? To say that we know for SURE that God was not involved is illogical, and frankly ridiculous because it can’t be PROVEN either way. We still print “In God We Trust” on our dollar bills, but then deny that God has a role in our nation’s history and future? Again ridiculous. Robertson is trying to make the religious point that God is working in the lives of people and of nations. You don’t need to believe that, but that was his point. It wasn’t about politics. To Christian believes what he said was true. As for the earthquake being because of global warming, well unlike Robertson’s comment, it has no basis in fact, science or reality. That comment is pure BS. Robertson’s comment at least is based on reasoned Christian faith, and Biblical references. That’s the different.

  11. Amy says:

    I’m tired of people excoriating Pat Roberston for his beliefs and views. Nowhere did he say that the people of Haiti deserve the suffering and pain they are going through. He was merely pointing out that there are consequences for behaviors and actions. Roberston’s charities do good work all over the globe, including Haiti.

    Please show me where Roberston said Haiti deserves this or that he’s glad for their suffering.

    Roberston also pointed out that change, even change brought on by a horrible disaster, is opportunity. Haiti now has an opportunity to rebuild in a way that can make a batter country for its people. That’s pretty optimistic, but I thought that was how Christians are supposed to think.

    I usually really enjoy your writing Jeff, but this time I’m disappointed.

  12. Old Bob says:

    As to whether or not God works through natural disasters in order to punish mass disobedience is a theological argument that obfucates the real issue – individual responsibility. The real issue at the root of the mass distruction in Haiti is the corruption that keeps the populace in a state of poverty and ignorance. Earthquakes happen, and yes, this was an abnormally strong one, but the astounding toll of lives is a direct result of the effects of both ignorance and poverty.

    My take on Robertson’s comments is that they were unseemly in the face of the human suffering that resulted from the destruction. Yes, God holds us personally repsonsible for our relationship with Him, but Robertson would have done well to express deep sadness for the individual suffering rather than inferring that they “had it coming”. Disobedience is its own reward, as many have found out to their eternal sorrow. God doesn’t need to throw arrows, set off volcanos, or shift tectonic plates. to punish the disobedient. Their own actions cause all the punishment that they need.

    Old Bob

  13. Anonymous says:

    We deserve this president, too. Same principle.

  14. Ian Thorpe says:

    As you know Jeff I am not religious (and I know who Danny Golver is) so from a totally unbiased perspective, having seen video of Robertson’s comments I have to say he was stitched up.

    And being from the north of England I probably have more sympathy with pagan beliefs that most Americans (there is still a celtic flavour to the Chistianity around here) so I can help Mr Glover out with the advice that Mother Nature does not do earthquakes to order or for purposes of retribution. Morrigan, a stunning redhead aspect of The Threefold Goddess, was the specialist goddess of retribution. Celtic Christianity absorbed much of the pagan tradition after the Romans withdrew.

  15. CJBernard says:

    So, did anybody else see Glenn Beck today? It was like he read Jeff’s article and summarized it for everyone. Nice job Jeff.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Glover, nothing but a camera whore. IMHO

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