Televangelist Pat Robertson said Wednesday that earthquake-ravaged Haiti has been "cursed" by a "pact to the devil."
"Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it," he said on Christian Broadcasting Network's "The 700 Club." "They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you'll get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal."
Robertson said that "ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other" and he contrasted Haiti with its neighbor, the Dominican Republic.
"That island of Hispaniola is one island. It is cut down the middle; on the one side is Haiti on the other is the Dominican Republic," he said. "Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty.
The American Catholic says the voodoo pact Carpy is going on and on about is bull too: Although Voodoo has been sadly ubiquitous in Haiti, there is no evidence of a pact between Satan and Haitian insurgents. Robertson is not the only person to propound this myth, An article debunking this myth is here and here. This of course is far from the first time that Pat Robertson has said something factually challenged and insulting.
Answer by SRiveroC at 12:28 PM on Jan. 14, 2010
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:45 PM on Jan. 13, 2010
Answer by mancosmomma at 4:48 PM on Jan. 13, 2010
Answer by Anouck at 4:49 PM on Jan. 13, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 4:54 PM on Jan. 13, 2010
The people of Haiti are suffering, and THIS is what this "CHRISTIAN MAN" has to offer??? What a joke.
Manco, I hear ya about giving him more publicity, but i want to HEAR what these people are saying anWHERE it is coming from
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:56 PM on Jan. 13, 2010
Answer by Raine2001 at 4:58 PM on Jan. 13, 2010
Answer by mancosmomma at 5:00 PM on Jan. 13, 2010
Sweet, Pat Robertson is a publicity hound. And an ass. Calling him a Christian is an insult to Christians, Yes, but not only does he call himself one but he has MANY followers!.....and he is spreading this and people are EATING it up..look at one of the above answers ...
IMO. Kinda like REVEREND Al Sharpten or REVEREND Jesse Jackson.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:03 PM on Jan. 13, 2010
Answer by NightPhoenix at 5:03 PM on Jan. 13, 2010