Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wherefore Art Thou Compassion?

For some time now, I've bemoaned the lack of compassion in today's world.  But we're not all lacking in that area.  It seems that the most compassion-deficient in the US today are of the Republican persuasion.

If we didn't already know that Rush Limbaugh was a drug-addled, sexist, over-paid windbag, that conclusion would have been a no-brainer to anyone who heard some of his comments today:

Limbaugh claimed that President Obama was somehow happy about the catastrophic loss of life and property in Haiti because he'd be able to use our response to boost his credibility with the "light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country."

That was only a small part of his despicable reaction to the earthquake in Haiti and the charitable response of the President and many Americans.  In fact, Limbaugh said that we needn't help the people of Haiti at all, as we already do.  He actually said, "We've already donated to Haiti.  It's called the U.S. income tax."

The lack of compassion is astounding.  But then again, I'd expect nothing less from Rush Limbaugh. He's a pig and he's always shown himself to be a selfish piece of shit.  In that same clip, a listener suggested that we shouldn't donate any federal funds to help the people of Haiti... that's what churches are for, so he said.

So, we should look to the religious community for compassion?  Now I'm not saying that all people who claim to be Christians are insensitive to the plight of those who are suffering.  But as one who holds himself out there as, according to his website, a "Broadcaster, Humanitarian, Author, Christian, Businessman, Statesman," Pat Robertson is nothing but a fraud.

On The 700 Club today (who knew it still existed?), on the Christian Broadcasting Network (which he founded), this hypocrite and charlatan in Christian clothing proffered the ultimate insult to the people of Haiti by actually claiming that Haiti was suffering because of a deal with the devil.  Seriously.

ROBERTSON: And, you know, Kristi, something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, "We will serve you if you will get us free from the French." True story. And so, the devil said, "OK, it's a deal."
And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.

I thought compassion was supposed to be a hallmark of Christianity.  I guess not.

As for Rush Limbaugh's sanctimonious proselytizing, he and his supporters should just crawl back into the hole where they belong, and let the rest of us get on with humanity.


Joe Guitar said...

Don't lump all us Christians in with the crazies. Compassion is the call of all true Christ followers.

Griffin Darklighter said...

I WAS going to post something full of anger, but then I remember my beliefs have a better answer: The Karmic Spell.
Let cruelty, pain and evil ways follow the villian all through their days
Reverse the torment it creates and turn on them even crueler fates