February 21, 2010

Haitian "Orphans" All Had Parents

Media coverage of natural disasters, regardless of their severity, runs a predictable course. For the most part, it appears that the mainstream American news agencies have decided that the earthquake in Haiti is no longer newsworthy and have moved on. I remember how frustrating it was when they did this following Hurricane Katrina, but I can't say I didn't expect it.

It will be interesting to see how (or if) they cover a big story that hit yesterday. In case you missed yesterday's news, the Associated Press (AP) is now reporting that all of the so-called orphans kidnapped by Baptists in Haiti had living parents.
There is not one orphan among the 33 children that a U.S. Baptist group tried to take from Haiti in a do-it-yourself rescue mission following a devastating earthquake, The Associated Press has determined.
Maybe it is time for the mainstream media to reconsider siding with the American Christians on this story. Maybe they'll even decide to report on another vital part of this story now uncovered by the AP.

Just what is this other part of the story to which I refer? It concerns how the Baptists ended up with these children in the first place. What could possibly motivate these Haitian parents to hand over their children to a band of Christian strangers from another country?
Their testimony echoed that of parents in the mountain town of Callabas, outside of Port-au-Prince, who told the AP on Feb. 3 that desperation and blind faith led them to hand over 20 children to the religious Americans who promised them a better life.
Blind faith, huh? Blind faith and promises made to desperate people. And the accounts of these parents directly contradict those of the Baptists, those who claimed that these children were orphans.

I'd like to see these Baptists remain in prison, and I'd like to see the American media cover the real story of what can happen when the religious prey on the desperate and faithful. I'd also like to see more coverage of how the faithful are misled for profit right here in the U.S.

H/T to Religion Clause

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