No, I am not an African-American or a visitor or immigrant from Haiti. I am not even black. But the great Irish poet, Donne, said that no man is an island unto himself, that when a single human dies, it is as a rock broken away from the mainland, and the death affects us all because, ontologically, we are one organism. One wonders if the bell can toll for thee in a country where hundreds of thousands, mostly (nominally) Catholic, have seen their centers of worship -- even their archbishop -- wiped out by a 7-point earthquake.
Almost immediately, good Christian spokespeople were coming out of the woodwork to bring "God" into the equation. We had that fine upstanding human, Rush Limbaugh, claiming that the earthquake only went to show that Obama cares more about Haitians than the American people since it took him less than 24 hours to react to the earthquake but the president didn't say anything public about the underwear bomber of Dec. 25 for three whole days!
Then there was ReverEND Pat Robber's Son, who opined: This was "God's" vengeance for the Haitians signing a pact with Satan in exchange for freedom from the French yoke. A subtext might deal with the diasporic religions, e.g. Santeria, Voudon, &c., which the Christers continually conflate with Satan worship. Crowley said that the Devil is the deity of people one personally dislikes. While both Limbaugh and Robber's Son both stink of racist code word mongering, it is Pat who shows the grossest insensitivity to humanity just as his loony colleague, the ReverEND John Hagee saw Katrinas as "God's" vengeance for a gay pride event in New Orleans.
I feel sorry for the country bumpkins, both political and religious, who swallowed all this. And they're in it together -- have you ever seen right wingnut Laura Ingraham when the blonde bimbo fails to prominently display her crucifix? She never punditates without it, presumably because she is afraid if she did not wear it, "God" would strike her dead? Never mind how illogical it all is. Even dismissing Limbaugh's comparing apples to oranges, when the ReverEND Robber's Son employs post hoc "reasoning" to prove that an effect was caused by "God," I want to go out into the streets and scream (as did Buñuel): THANK GOD I'M AN ATHEIST.