Haiti Voodoo Priest Claims Aid Monopolised
voodoo high priest has claimed believers have been discriminated against by
evangelical Christians who are monopolising aid sent to the earthquake-stricken country.
question posed here: Is it discriminatory / biblical for Evangelical Christians
to give aid to Haitian Christians and not to Haitian Non-Christians in
particular Haitian practicioners of voodoo.
Matthew 15:22-28 And,
behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him,
saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously
vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and
besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth
after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of
the house of Israel.
Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But He answered and said, It
is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said,
Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters'
table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be
it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very
one imagine Moses or Joshua giving food, clothing and shelter to entire cities
or enclaves of Canaanites? Just as this woman from canaan, there were
individuals like Rahab the harlot that found grace in the eyes of the Lord,
that are ready to make a profession of faith, and to pay the price whatever it
may be to receive of the hand of the Lord.
is the absolute duty of Christians to support and care for one another even in
different cities and in different countries.
11:27-29 And in these
days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. And there stood up one of
them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great
dearth throughout all the world: which
came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren
which dwelt in Judaea: Here we see a great crop failure striking
the known world. Following the words of
Jesus Christ the Churches saw to it that Christians, Christians in other
countries in the case Judea did not go
hungry. Note that they did not lavish
gifts and provision to the unbeleiving poor in general. This is not to say that they did not give
provision to some individuals.
1 Corinthians 16:1-3 Now concerning the collection
for the saints,
(Greek the Holy or Righteous
of God – Note Paul is again explicite to the words of Jesus Christ as to who
this collection is to go to) as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, (The
store or storehouse here is referring to algracultureal goods specifically
grain. Paul was collecting wagons of
grain not gifts of money) as God hath prospered him, that there be
no gatherings when I come. (Gatherings
as in harvesting and the thressing of wheat) And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve
by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.
By Nick Allen in Port-au-Prince
Published: 7:00AM GMT 01 Feb 2010
Max Beauvoir, Haiti's
"supreme master" of voodoo, alleged his faith's opponents had
deliberately prevented much-needed help from reaching followers of the
religion, which blends the traditional beliefs of West African slaves with
"The evangelicals are in
control and they take everything for themselves," he claimed. "They
have the advantage that they control the airport where everything is stuck.
They take everything they get to their own people and that's a shame
"Everyone is suffering the
same and has the same needs. We are not asking for anything more than anyone
else. We're just asking for it to be fair."
Mr Beauvoir, 75, a
Sorbonne-educated biochemist, spoke as a first convoy of aid arrived at his
home in Mariani, a town just outside Port-au-Prince.
It contained 400 sacks of rice from the World Food Programme and was mobbed by
hundreds of hungry voodoo believers.
"It is the first delivery
and it took a couple of weeks fight to get that for the voodoo people," said
At the weekend hundreds of voodoo
houngans, or priests, gathered in the northern town of Gonaives to plan how to react to the
earthquake that left an estimated 200,000 people dead on Jan 12.
Following the earthquake the US television evangelist Pat Roberston said Haiti made a
"pact with the devil" 200 years ago when it defeated French
"I don't know much about him
and I don't think I'm losing much," said Mr Beauvoir. "Voodoo
as been discriminated against for 200 years.
"It was developed by our ancestors, it is a way of life. To ask us to stop would be
like asking an American to stop heating hamburgers."
He also rejected the idea that
voodoo consists of human sacrifices and sticking pins in dolls.
voodoo," he said. "No-one from Hollywood
has ever sent an anthropologist to study voodoo in Haiti."
In Haitian voodoo, God is supreme
and is not involved in human affairs.
Believers instead worship
hundreds of spirits called lwa. Other beliefs include that trees have
As she waited for rice from the
WFP Monique Henri, 36 wore a cross round her neck but she also believes in
voodoo. She said she had an image of Ogu Feri , the
voodoo god of metal and fire, at her home .
"The earthquake happened
because people were sinners so God was angry, because people did wrong,"
Clavarus Filisca, 72, a houngan,
invokes the spirit of Jambe Male to heal people of fevers, headaches and other
maladies. "Voodoo is the most important religion. It's natural, it's
everywhere," he said.
Mr Beauvoir rejected the
suggestion that the earthquake was an act of God. He says it was a natural
event but many voodoo followers still believe it was a punishment.
Christians have also been
inundating radio stations asking anyone who has committed a crime to confess,
thereby saving the nation from future disasters.
Inspiration, an evangelical
station, said 11,000 people had rung up to pledge themselves to God since the
Missionaries equating voodoo with
devil worship have long tried to convert the population of Haiti but the
religion, a mixture of Christianity and animism,
remains ingrained. Like Christianity it has one God but incorporates pagan
elements such as spell casting and calling spirits.
Mr Beauvoir’s grand house, the
Peristyle de Mariani, is a voodoo temple where followers dance around a totem
pole in the grounds to the sound of drums. Bonfires are lighted to attract
spirits and the blood of animals, including goats and chickens, is drained and
used to heal the sick.
However, since the earthquake, he
has halted all ceremonies. “This is a big shock for people to absorb,” he said.
Voodoo ceremonies are still going on in the countryside.
The elaborate ceremonies include
secret languages, people dancing after being possessed by spirits and talismans
including dried animal heads.
In rural areas there are said to
be people who practice the darker side of voodoo, summoning evil spirits.
However, practitioners argue that voodoo is a force for good.
Kompe Filo, one of the most
popular TV and radio personalities in Haiti, and a vocal believer, said
voodoo predicted the earthquake six months ago.
He said: “God is angry against
humanity, not just Haiti
but all humanity. This is a message that man must change, and reconnect with
the natural world around him.
“We have a lot of beliefs modern
people should believe in. For example we believe that trees have spirits which
we should not harm otherwise we will all suffer.”