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Freddie Woo says: "A bloke who lived next door to my mum told me on the day Diana died that it was 'God's punishment for sleeping with an Arab'". Tell us stories of bigots, racists, sexists, homophobes and loud-mouths so that we may point and laugh

(, Thu 21 Feb 2013, 20:03)
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Phew, nearly missed this one
Just a quicky, but my bible bashing aunt sends me lots of emails. Many of them would make Daily Mail readers cringe. There are all the obvious ones about Geert Wilders and how he is actually the West's saviour from the tyranny of Muslims. But more sinister are the ones she sends from America (she lives in North Carolina).

Preachers and religious people spouting off about how bad the world is, like a watered down Westboro Baptist church. I really want to take her to task for this because what she sends is absolute bull. Worst of all, she is managing to turn my formerly quite liberal mother in to an anti-immigration fan - despite the fact she, herself, is an immigrant in France!

Anyway, this all came to a head when we were out having lunch one afternoon. she was in England on holiday, and despite the racist tendencies, she is a lovely aunt.

We were discussing the world and other such, when she came out with "Well, it's obvious that God exists because He is punishing the Haitian people for worshipping the Devil, renouncing Him and practising voodoo."

I said I didn't think this was quite fair. Earthquakes, hurricanes and other such natural phenomenon happen. This isn't because of who you worship. It just seems worse there because the country is run so badly. Her retort?

"Look on Google Earth and the island of Dominica and you'll see that on the East - the God-fearing Dominican Republic - the map looks green and fertile. In Haiti in the West, the ground is grey and brown."

I laughed this off, but obviously went and had a look.

I think she may have a point...

(EDIT: I think they have updated their photo as the difference isn't quite so telling anymore.
(, Wed 27 Feb 2013, 9:43, 2 replies)
The Island of Dominica is not the same as the Dominican Republic/Haiti.
Dominica: goo.gl/maps/h16a4
Dominican Republic/Haiti: goo.gl/maps/DzqkN

The island that the Dominican Republic and Haiti share is called Hispaniola.

But otherwise, cool story.
(, Wed 27 Feb 2013, 10:03, closed)
Decided to do the story first before fact checking. I meant Hispaniola, just put down what was in my head.

Consider myself reprimanded.
(, Wed 27 Feb 2013, 10:54, closed)

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