The Earthquake The International Red Cross states that up to 50,000+ people have died in the aftermath of the earthquake that slammed near the capital of Haiti, Port au Prince, on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Many estimates from within the country say that as many as 100,000 people have died in the hours since the earthquake and that many more will die due to lack of water, food, and shelter. Bodies are lying in the streets with mere blankets to cover them because of the simple fact that there is so little room for burial. Screams from people trapped in the rubble are audible to those on the outside and with each passing second, more of those screams are silenced. People are digging through hundreds of thousands of tons of rubble with their bare hands trying to get to loved ones lost. "L'Union Fait La Force"- Strength Through Unity For all of this sadness, the world has shown a great deal of compassion and unity. China has promised more than $1 million or so in aid in additon to relief crews. President Obama has promised $100 million aid as well as 2,000 Marines, and numerous ships and helicopters. Our friends over in Europe and Asia have also given many of their resources to help Haiti. Hate Speech In Haiti However, some people don't like the idea of a multilateral earthquake relief effort in Haiti. Rush Limbaugh actualyl dettered his supporters from donationg money; saying, "We've already donated to Haiti. It's called the U.S. income tax." He also said President Obama was using this tragedy to "burnish (his) credibility with the black community... in this country." Pat Robertson said that the people of Haiti made a "pact with the devil" and only gained its independence from France because of that pact. He basically said that because it was a black country separate from European colonization, it was therefore a deviant country. This hate speech is unacceptable by anyone. Sign this petition, demanding an apology from both Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson. Rush Limbaugh's email: ElRushbo@eibnet.com Pat Robertson's number at The 700 Club: (757) 226-7000
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