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Pat Robertson’s “Operation Blessing” at Work in Haiti

John on February 4, 2010 at 8:25 am

I’m on record saying Pat Robertson should learn to control his mouth. His recent discussion of Hatians selling their souls to the devil is a good example. But I’ve also criticized Pat’s critics for failing to recognize the substantial, tangible good his aid organization does around the world (and for just plain being idiots). Here’s a report from Al Jazeera on the work Operation Blessing is doing in Haiti:

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I got this from this NY Times blog, which offers a fair account, but botches a quote from the clip. The Times reports the quote as follows:

Speaking to Al Jazeera at a food distribution site in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, David Darg of Operation Blessing said, “We hope to start mobilizing teams of Christians to come in and offer counseling and that type of thing in the near future.”

Actually, what Darg says is “We hope to start mobilizing teams of Christians to come in and offer counseling and this type of thing for people in the near future.” A subtle difference, but it seems to put the focus more on the people and less on the Christians. It’s the same subtle shift of focus the entire Al Jazeera video seems to be making.

As for the camera crews (cue ominous music), is it really a surprise that an aid organization run with donations from America would send a camera crew? I don’t think so. Only government organizations, whose budgets are confiscated in the form of taxes, have the luxury of leaving cameras at home. Other aid groups, including the Red Cross if memory serves, try to document their work to assure people that donation are really being used for the purposes they were given. There is nothing whatsoever sinister about it.

Finally, the quote from the voodoo priest is classic. Buying souls? Was anyone forced to pray the “sinner’s prayer” before being fed? I don’t think so. It’s an amazing world we live in where even handing out food to starving people is cause for a critical news story.

[Photo by David Darg]

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