To hell with Haiti?
Scott Fowler’s most recent SN column offers some push-back against Pat Robertson’s latest bit of bilious ignorance, urging financial support for the Haiti relief effort. Good for him.
Fowler gets a lot wrong politically – mostly recently Ollie North (!) and Mike Huckabee – and one could wish that prominent evangelicals in southern gospel were half as courageous in denouncing the fringers amongst them as they are positioning themselves as victims of pervasive anti-Christian bias from the stage. But it’s good to see someone of some recognition push back against the likes of Robertson.
If I had my druthers, I’d say just give money directly to the Red Cross or other relief organizations that have a more encompassing mission and presence than Fowler’s recommendation of Compassion International, which - in addition to being slathered over with Sally Struthers-style hucksterism - focuses (rather narrowly in this particular crisis) only on children. And too, I guess it’s grading on a pretty steep curve to give credit as if it’s some accomplishment when an evangelical celebrity simply comes out in favor of, you know … helping people in need and stuff. But such is the state of allegedly Christian discourse in America today (see here for some cogent reflection on the penchant amongst prominent evangelical preachers toward outrageous nonsense). Let’s take sanity - and small-c compassion - where we find it.Email this Post