Anti-abortion activists say Robertson was right about Haiti
A press conference called today by abortion-rights foes to drum up support for cutting all financial support for Planned Parenthood veered, of all places, into Haiti, voodoo and the island's alleged pact with the Devil.
The event, sponsored by the Virginia Christian Alliance, was running along according to message -- namely, allegations that Planned Parenthood is a genocidal, racist, taxpayer-funded menace responsible for the collapse of the African-American family, the epidemic rise in sexually transmitted diseases, numerous criminal violations regarding abortions performed on minors and the death of millons of unborns.
"We are gathered this afternoon to draw attention to the unethical, immoral and racist practices of the largest abortion provider in America," said Dean Nelson, executive director of the Network of Politically Active Christians and a VCA board member. Claiming that Planned Parenthood targeted the black community from the beginning, Nelson said its long-term agenda was designed to "exterminate us."
Then, the discussion turned to a month-old petition the group had launched.
It calls on Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli -- all Republicans -- to back efforts to block any funding to Plannned Parenthood because of its role as an abortion provider.
Among its high-profile signers was the Rev. Pat Robertson.
You may remember that Robertson recently made headlines with his assertion that Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake could be blamed on "a pact with the Devil." Robertson said this pact had been sealed in a voodoo ceremony on the eve of Haiti's successful slave rebellion more than 200 years ago.
"I know his comments angered a lot of the so-called, in my opinion, liberals," said the Rev. Joe Ellison, vice president of the Council on Spiritual Principles, who said he was speaking as an emissary of the black community.
"From a spiritual standpoint, we think the Dr. Robertson was on target about Haiti, in the past, with voodoo. And we believe in the Bible that the practice of voodoo is a sin, and what caused the nation to suffer. Those who read the Bible and study the history know that what Dr. Robertson said was the truth."
Ellison told reporters that people should also know that Robertson, who stood by his comments on Haiti during their recent meeting, also has sent 12,000 tons of food, first aid supplies and other material to the stricken island.
Afterwards, the group handed out cards for more information on efforts at "Black Genocide."
-- Fredrick Kunkle
February 18, 2010; 5:47 PM ET
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