After the Haiti earthquake in January, Pat Robertson did the only thing he’s really good at: He got his name in the papers by saying something nuts. He blamed the Haitian devastation on an 18th century pact with the devil, you might recall. Apparently jealous of all the attention Pat got in the days that followed that utterance, Louis Farrakhan took to the stage of Chicago’s United Center yesterday to remind us all, in case we’d forgotten, that he’s pretty fucking crazy too.
“It’s not an accident that a great earthquake took place in Chile,” Farrakhan told his audience at the Nation of Islam’s Saviour’s Day Convention. “It was a precipitate of what I have to tell you today of what’s coming to America. You will not escape.”
Beat that, Robertson! Haiti’s earthquake was because of a pact with the devil someone made a few hundred years ago? Well Chile’s earthquake was God’s way of setting the table for Louis Farrakhan’s speech!
He’s right about one thing: It’s not an accident that a great earthquake took place in Chile. He’s wrong about why, though. It had nothing to do with Farrakhan’s speech, or America’s coming destruction. It was the result of natural processes that have been studied and well understood for a long, long time thanks to the sciences of geology, seismology, and plate tectonics.
Bad things don’t happen to good people because of God, or Louis Farrakhan, or anyone else. Bad things happen to good people for the same reason good things happen to bad people. Shit just happens.