Pat Robertson, Haiti, and the Devil

Yesterday, January 13, on his show The 700 Club, Pat Robertson said that Haiti made a “pact with the Devil,” and that such was the root cause of all the country’s woes, including the recent earthquake. 

The video:

 

That’s right.  Pat Robertson believes that the entire country of Haiti got together, called up Ol’ Scratch, and pledged to do his wicked bidding if only he would help them free themselves from the oppression of the French.  Because, of course, anyone who believed in the Devil and knew who he was would also think that he would be a kinder and gentler master than the French, who are not themselves the Prince of Darkness or the Source of Evil.

I have very little to say about this.  I could rant and rave, but the sheer insanity of this, the wild awfulness of accusing an entire country of people of all being in league with Satan, not as a metaphor, but as real and actual, says more in itself than I ever could.  Anyone who continues to listen to this man, and certainly anyone who gives him money, thereby assisting the maniac, should be wholly dismissed and treated as the idiot they clearly are.  They are a lost cause.  I do not mean this as hyperbole.  I genuinely believe that anyone who can, with a straight face, claim than an entire nation of people would knowingly pledge themselves to Satan, and this is why they have been devastated by a natural disaster, is far beyond any hope of rational thinking.  Further, anyone who could hear such a claim and not recognize the lunacy behind it is also beyond all hope.  Thus, any attempt to convince them of the absurdity of their claim is futile.

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7 Responses to “Pat Robertson, Haiti, and the Devil”

  1. Rev.Philip Edwards Says:

    God Bless you Jim,

    Regarding Pat Robertson…

    I have asked God to touch the heart of this heartless man. I pray for our Lord to forgive him for the evil that reaches into his soul and causes him to utter false claims against God’s own people of Haiti. Forgive him for he knows not of what he says. He speaks of an evil that has already claimed his ministry…

    Thank you for your above post,

    Reverend Phil Edwards

  2. Amy G Dala Says:

    Well c’mon, how could some rag tag slaves ever defeat a nation like France without being in league with Satan? It only makes sense that 200ish years later God would smite those heathens with an earthquake.

    Haiti & Eureka, CA. I wonder when the Eurekans made their pact, and what Satan delivered them from?

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  4. Steve Says:

    The truth is that they did make a pact with the devil.

    Now the significance you put on that pact I guess has to do with whether you believe the devil is real or not.

    But it is one of Haiti’s founding myths.

    http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/small_axe/v009/9.2laroche.html

    According to Haitian national history, the revolutionary war was launched on the eve of a religious ceremony at a place in the north called Bwa Kayiman (Bois Caiman, in French). At that ceremony on August 14, 1791, an African slave named Boukman sacrificed a pig, and both Kongo and Creole spirits descended to possess the bodies of the participants, encouraging them and fortifying them for the upcoming revolutionary war. Despite deep ambivalence on the part of intellectuals, Catholics, and the moneyed classes, Vodoo has always been linked with militarism and the war of independence and, through it, the pride of national sovereignty.

    So, yeah if there is a devil, Haiti made a pact with it. Might explain why even though Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the same island, the Dominican Republic has been far more successful.

    • Jim Says:

      No, the significance of some “pact” does not depend on whether or not the Devil exists. It depends upon whether or not the whole of the people of Haiti actually made a deal with Satan. They claim no such thing. Voodoo is no more Satanism than Hinduism is. And the discrepancies between the Haitian and Dominican economies are fairly well understood and have nothing to do with Voodoo, the Devil, or even sacrificed swine. Your entire claim is not only without merit, it is flat-out absurd.

  5. Alvina Mae Bethel Says:

    While Pat is viewing from a spiritual viewpoint, his team of people have been in Haiti for over a year working with and helping the people of Haiti. He just doesn’t give lip service. He shows his love and compassion for the Haitian people in active service. His people were already in place when the earth quake struck. It is easy for some who actually don’t have TV show content to harp on a statement and blow it all out of proportion. Pat Robertson has a good heart. I am copying my statement so hate mongers don’t miss quote me. People take a real chance when they put their opinion on the public venue.

    • Jim Says:

      This comment makes little sense. I don’t think you need to concern yourself with anyone “miss quoting” you. You haven’t said anything that warrants any genuine response.


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