January 13, 2010 by D Stack
[Note – see my next post for a list of charities providing disaster relief to Haiti]
I suppose this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but televangelist Pat Robertson seems to be laying blame on the devastating earthquake in Haiti, one that has killed possibly over 100,000 people, as a legacy of a pact Haiti made with Satan.
[C]hristy, something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it, they were under the heel of the French, uh, you know, Napoleon the third and whatever, and they got together and swore a pact to the devil, they said, we will serve you, if you get us free from the Prince, true story. And so the devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal.’ And they kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free, and ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor. . .the Island of Hispaniola is one island cut down the middle. On the one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is, is, prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty, same Islands, uh, they need to have, and we need to pray for them, a great turning to God. And out of this tragedy, I’m optimistic something good may come, but right now we’re helping the suffering people, and the suffering is unimaginable.
This statement seems baffling to me. So many facts stated, s few of them true. As it turns out it was Napoleon I. The Dominican Republic, while among the upper tiers of developing countries, is far from prosperous, with a poverty rate of 42.2% (CIA World Factbook, 2004 estimate). Given that the Dominican Republic was ruled by Spain and Haiti by France, it is far from surprising they had different destinies.
However, we can be certain that Robertson is reliable with regards to a deal with the Devil. And of course, even assuming he were correct in that, it of course follows to reason that the distant descendants would be punished by an all-loving and all-merciful God. I hope my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren don’t get punished for any bad deeds I perform.
This stands in a long line of statements from Robertson such as:
- The 9/11 attacks were God’s punishment upon the United States for paganism, abortion, gays, lesbians, and the ACLU (among others)
- Supported Liberian President Charles Taylor.
- Called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
I can’t accept Pat Robertson’s God. If he existed I’d rebel against him.
If you can, do something to help the people of Haiti. My next post has details on some charities providing aid.