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Haitians see hand of God in quake

Published: Mon, January 18, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Deeply religious Haitians see the hand of God in the destruction of Biblical proportions visited on their benighted country. The quake, religious leaders said Sunday, is evidence that He wants change.

Exactly what change He wants depends on the faith: Some Christians say it’s a sign that Haitians must deepen their faith, while some Voodoo followers see God’s judgment on corruption among the country’s mostly light-skinned elite.

And there’s American evangelist Pat Robertson, who said Wednesday that Haiti had been cursed by a pact he said its slave founders made with the devil two centuries ago to overthrow their French rulers and become the world’s first black republic. The White House called his remarks “stupid.”

As desperate believers gathered to pray Sunday across the shattered capital, the Rev. Eric Toussaint told a congregation gathered outside the ruined cathedral that the earthquake “is a sign from God, saying that we must recognize his power.”

Haitians, he said, “need to reinvent themselves, to find a new path to God.”

Some followers of Voodoo, practised alongside Roman Catholicism by the vast majority of Haitians, said the devastation of key symbols of power was punishment for corrupt leaders who have allowed the mostly light-skinned elite to enrich themselves while the black majority suffers.

“If all of a sudden, in 15 seconds, 20 seconds, all the physical representations of corruption are destroyed, it gives you pause for thought,” said Richard Morse, a renowned Haitian-American musician whose mother was a singer and revered Voodoo priestess. “The Justice Ministry: down. The National Palace: down. The United Nations headquarters: down.”

Unharmed by the quake was the famed bronze statue, “Le Maron Inconnu” — “the Unknown Escaped Slave” — noted Morse, who owns the Oloffson Hotel featured in Graham Greene’s novel “The Comedians.”

The destruction of every major Catholic church in the capital, including the 81-year-old cathedral, also was a sign, he said: “When there is all this corruption going on, whose role is it in society to speak out? Isn’t the Church supposed to say something?”

Most Haitians are Christian — largely Catholic with a small but growing number of Protestants. But most also practice Voodoo, which along with Catholicism is an official state religion. Several people were seen issuing apocalyptic warnings on the streets Sunday, including a man standing in front of the collapsed National Palace shouting: “Redeem yourselves! The end of the world is near!”

But Morse noted that Haitians are already very religious. His countrymen may suffer many ills, but “when it comes to spiritual strength, Haiti is one of the richest nations in the world.”

And in that sense, the earthquake seems to have been counterproductive in terms of salvation.

“How could He do this to us?,” cried Remi Polevard, who said his five children lie beneath in the rubble of a home near St. Gerard University. “There is no God.”

Sunday night, as downtown residents began burning some of the bodies that have been rotting on the streets for five days, a woman walking by in an orange dress pulled out a copy of the Bible.

She flung it into the fire.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

The destruction forces a rebirth that can be the start of a totally new Haiti . Investment to manufacture goods for export can bring prosperity to all of Haiti . Their biggest resource is the resilient who survived the quake with the determination to rebuild their country .

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2vinglass(295 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Is this correct? Voodoo is an official state religion?? Instead of sacraficing those chickens and goats, they may have to start eating them!

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3RamIt(11 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

How about some building codes to start with. This is what happened to San Francisco when they had their great earthquake. They instituted building codes so that such destruction would never happen again. It is a very sad thing that there is so much destruction, but things wouldn't have been so bad if the structures were built better. Even the Presidential Palace collapsed.

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4sky(38 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Stan you are "God"

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5MsVickey92570(18 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I have heard of voodoo but never really thought people were really, and I mean really practicing it. Boy that is really scary. Please don't think I havebeen in the dark about voodoo, but it just shocked me. Maybe a little ignotant to the facts. But I pray and hope they get the message about worshipping the true God.

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6redvert(2231 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I am not a religious person since I had to rely on solid data to make decisions during my working career and it carried over into my personal thinking. I do not have a problem with people who are believers if that helps them to be a better person. I understand that everyone wants life ever after.

I have never heard a good explanation of why a god who supposedly loves all people would allow perhaps a 100,000 people who believe in him to die a horrible death. If any of you wish to explain it please do it without the cop out of "the lord works in mysterious ways" or "god had other work for them to do" These are the typical explanations that the priests etc. use since they do not know what else to say.

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