I have decided to retract my column, “Tell Me All Your Thoughts on God,” originally published on December 13, 2013. Its publication was a serious mistake on my part, and I regret posting it. One Heathen credo is that we are our deeds; by retracting the column, I am attempting to correct my poor deed. One of my best friends, after reading the column, pointed out to me that I had portrayed the colleague mentioned in the column poorly. Although that was not my intention, that was the portrait created by my words, and I own them.
Now that the initial shock of the massive earthquake hitting Haiti (see here for information on sending financial support) has filtered through the media, and the news-cycle starts to move on from Pat Robertson, more in-depth analysis and commentary are starting to emerge. Starting with more articles and editorials that explore the religious character of Haiti, like Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado’s essay for Religion Dispatches. “What I wanted to say is that Vodou is not some sort of sorcery, or the product of some “pact to the devil” (thank you Pat Robertson). I also wanted to correct his erroneous assumption that Haiti is a nation of Vodou practitioners. It is, and continues to be, overwhelmingly Christian.”