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Sharpton slams Haiti haters

Rev Al Sharpton – fresh from his visit to stricken Haiti – took on tele televangelist Pat Robertson after the right-winger claimed the earthquake was a result of the islands’ “pact with the devil.”

One-time Democratic presidential hopeful Rev Sharpton laid into Robertson, who has also tried to reach the White House wearing Republican colours. Rev Sharpton called Robertson’s comments “repulsive” and “un-Christian.”

The charismatic civil rights leader is due to fly into Britain later tonight before beginning a week-long visit tomorrow.

Rev Sharpton’s week culminates with a set-piece rally before 2,000 people at Friends House in Euston on Thursday night, when the preacher will pay homage to Dr Martin Luther King and urge Britain’s Black communities to play a full part in the coming general election.

For details of this free event please see below.

Rev Sharpton is expected to reveal his experiences in Haiti. Responding to Robertson, who is an influential figure on the Christian Right, Rev Sharpton said: “To bring this kind of negative and wicked spirit into a scene where we are watching children’s dead bodies stacked up is abominable to me.”

The news network Al Jazeera reports that aid is still not getting through to many Haitians now desperate for food and water, despite a heavy US military presence on the island.

OBV report that they have been inundated with ticket requests, and urged people to register as soon as possible.


Thursday 21st January 2010

6pm – 9.30pm


Friends House (opposite Euston station, London)

For tickets email: jyoti@obv.org.uk

Or call Jyoti Bhojani on (020) 8983 5460

One Response

  1. “”I think ‘one man, one vote,’ just unrestricted democracy, would not be wise. There needs to be some kind of protection for the minority which the white people represent now, a minority, and they need and have a right to demand a protection of their rights.” commenting on post-Apartheid South Africa on the 700 Club, 14 January, 1991.

    He’s got form, this Robertson.

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