Pat Robertson: Haiti Made Pact With the Devil

Evil vile horrid Pat Robertson said

[S]omething happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the third, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it’s a deal.

And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other…

Yes, during the colonial period, many  Haitian slaves–who were owned by Christians-practiced a faith that was syncreticisec West African religions and Catholicism, Voudou. And the slaves revolted in 1791 . The slaves revolted!  It was only successful slave revolt in history and it resulted in the free nation of Haiti. And some historians credit a Voudou ceremony performed in August 1791 as the catalyst to that revolution.

Today the official religion of Haiti is Catholicism, though there is a large Protestant presence. When the Duvaliers were in power, they tried to utilize voudou to control the populace through fear, kinda like oh certain sect of Christianity and Islam today.

But to claim any faith that is not Pat Robertson’s faith as satanic is vile. And to say that disasters, natural or manmade, are God’s wrath’s is to deny a loving Jesus. Haiti’s problems are tied to racism and politics, not faith.

Fuck you, Pat Robertson.

10 Responses to "Pat Robertson: Haiti Made Pact With the Devil"
Peterr | Wednesday January 13, 2010 01:50 pm 1

Oh, it’s even better than that, Lisa.

According to Luke’s gospel, Jesus was asked about exactly this kind of thing, and not only did he *not* react like Robertson, but he called out the folks who did (Luke 13:1-5):

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, ‘Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them­do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.’

A little context/explanation:

The crowd sees these Galileans who were killed by the Roman governor, who then compounded the violence by pouring the blood of the dead all over their worship space and the blood from the animals that had been sacrificed by them (thus literally adding insult to injury). The crowd then asked Jesus “did the dead deserve this?” with the implied answer behind their question of “yes.”

Replies Jesus: “No, and anyone who thinks they are better than victims like these better give up that nonsense damn quick” (i.e., repent). He doesn’t leave it there, but pulls out another disaster story from the news: “And those folks killed when the tower fell on them? Same deal — they’re no better or worse than anyone else, but if you think *you* are better because they must have done something to deserve to die like that, you better lose that attitude right now.”

In my professional opinion, Pat Robertson’s problems are also tied to racism and politics, as well as a strong dash of homophobia.

Peterr | Wednesday January 13, 2010 01:56 pm 2
In response to Peterr @ 1

Sorry — typing too fast.

Jesus asked the crowd about the deaths, rhetorically knocking down the “yes, they deserved it” answer that at least some in the crowd held.

AZ Matt | Wednesday January 13, 2010 02:03 pm 3

Peterr, I don’t think you will need to worry about ever running into Pat Robertson in Heaven.

Suzanne | Wednesday January 13, 2010 02:03 pm 4

what does pat have to say about the catholic archbishop of haiti being killed in the quake? does he think the archbishop is part of that pact with the devil?


Tula Connell | Wednesday January 13, 2010 02:09 pm 5

Good recap of the history of San Domingue/Santo Domingo/Haiti, Lisa.

Yo, Pat: It was Napoleon I and he screwed over the leader of the rebellion, Toussaint L’overture, by double-crossing him and dragging him off to Europe where he was dumped in freezing Alpine jail cell and died.

As for a pact with the devil–the fact that the French were thrown out of Haiti directly led to Napoleon selling the Louisiana Purchase to President Jefferson (that’s the US President, Pat). So, would that make acquisition of the US southern states a pact with the devil?

AZ Matt | Wednesday January 13, 2010 02:43 pm 6
In response to Tula Connell @ 5

Oh, No! Tula, that is TOO much for Pat to get his tiny little mind around! His mind is smaller than a cricket’s.

downstreamer | Wednesday January 13, 2010 02:54 pm 7

Lisa, what happened to the tail end of your video, the part where Pat opens his mouth and shows the world how truly ignorant, smug, and hypocritical he is?

Phoenix Woman | Wednesday January 13, 2010 03:26 pm 8
In response to AZ Matt @ 3

That’s a lead-pipe cincherroo, Matt.

wpzs | Wednesday January 13, 2010 04:25 pm 9

Very nicely stated Lisa.

yellowsnapdragon | Wednesday January 13, 2010 05:33 pm 10
In response to Tula Connell @ 5

Thanks to both you and Lisa for putting a little context around Pat R’s religious Tourette’s. Pact with the Devil. Classic crazy.

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