Or at least so says Christopher Hitchens, responding to Robertson’s claim that the devastating Haitian earthquake (which may have killed upwards of 200,000 innocent people) was the result of “a deal with the devil” made during the Haitian Revolution in 1791.Â White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called Robertson’s remarks “utterly stupid.”Â Barry Lynn of Americans United said they were callous and grotesquely insensitive.Â And Keith Olbermann says Robertson is full of “senile crap.”
So what the heck is Robertson talking about?Â In a word: voodoo.Â Specifically, the semi-legendary meeting at Bois Caiman, in which African slaves called upon spirits to help them overthrow their French masters.Â (And for more on modern-day voodoo right here in America, check out this short film from photojournalist Stephanie Keith.
Meanwhile…US defense contractor Trijicon is backpedaling furiously after the media reported that they’ve been encoding Bible verses into the serial numbers of their specialty gun-sights.Â Crusade, what Crusade?Â Trijicon is offering a half-assed apology and has pledged to “voluntarily” stop the practice for future military production.
Holey Scripture! Remember Samuel L. Jackson’s brilliant recitation of Ezekiel 25:17 from the modern classic Pulp Fiction?Â Turns out Jackson’s hitman Jules knows about as much of the Bible as most Christians.Â It also turns out Quentin Tarantino ripped off payed homage to Sonny Chiba.
David reports on his ambassadorial trip to Charleston.
John reports on American Atheist president Ed Buckner’s recent debate with Charles Gernazian (director of the Catholic American Center on Law and Religion).Â Two guesses as to who we think won.
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Recorded January 24, 2010.Â Hosted by John C. Snider and David Driscoll.
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