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Pat Robertson: Haiti Swore a Pact with the Devil

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The earthquake in Haiti and its tragic aftermath has been consuming the airwaves and media at large with many rushing to aid Haiti in this time of dire need. Then there are those who are using this situation to mock Haiti and claim that this is just retribution.

In what can only be termed as a racist apology for colonialism and imperialism Pat Robertson essentially stated that the Haitians didn’t fight for their independence and freedom but instead “swore a pact with the devil” in which they would “serve him” if he gets rid of the French. This sounds like the narrative the defeated French would create to explain how they lost their colony to “blacks” and to soothe their hurt honor.

Rachel Maddow had the Haitian Ambassador on and he clarified what the Haitian Independence fight was all about and what it meant for the Americas:

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  • Azhar

    Wow! I too wonder what kind of people actually listen to PR and are also part of the 700 club.

    I also wonder if he ever claimed to having prior knowledge of this ‘pact’ or was it merely the most sensible thing to assume following the earthquake?

  • Baptist Christianity is a Zionist Christian movement.. Almost all the funding of the IDF comes from the Baptist Christian Church and Organizations like that of Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition and The 700 Club..

    I got the low down on Pat Robertson (visit my blog for details). He and his organization should be stopped and prosecuted as war criminals responsible for the death of 100’s of thousands (if not millions) of Palestinians and Africans in the name of Christianity.

  • Yusuf


    And he’s still very relevant in the right-wing. Some Republicans (moderates) tried to argue to me recently that he’s a dinosaur of the old right. Could not disagree more. His protégé was elected governor of Virginia.

  • DrM

    It’s not old age, Robertson has very long history of making such insensitive, racist and bizarre comments. So resisting slavery is a “deal with the devil” is it? I guess he missed the part that Haiti helped liberate the Dominican Republic(the country he praised in the same clip) from Spain as well. He called TWICE for Chavez to be assassinated on FOX news back in 2005.
    For those who don’t know or remember Robertson also raped a Korean woman during the 1950s when he was shuttling booze back and forth from Japan to Korea when he was in the army. His father was a senator whose influence kept Pat away from the front lines.
    Check out his “protein shake” which gives him super strength :

  • The guy who’s not imad :p

    I don’t get it. Is he reffering to an incident and is saying it metaphorically, or is he being literal?

    Either way, his comment is not understandable and certainly not acceptable. I mean, is it like the devil came to them and said “hey I’ll help u out if u sell me ur soul!” yup. That’s exactly how it happened.

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  • Cassidy

    Ah yes people love right wing idiots like Pat (and left wing animal rights morons) love demonizing Vodou along with Santeria. Their basic argument is ‘we have spirituality and religion, those darkies just have a bunch of a devil worship silliness and how dare they sacrifice animals in the privacy of their homes!’

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  • Pat is Creepy

    ” If Islam was spread by the sword,”

    Islam was not spread by the sword, See referneces below, RESPECTABLE MAINSTREAM references and check the website linked to my name for more references. Which army went to Malaysia, Indonesia, africa, and the Mongols destroyed the Caliphate, and then all converted to Islam, the only time in history a conquerer took the religion of the conquered.

    3 million and rising americans have converted to Islam, Europeans and Russians are converting to Ilsam faster than to any other religion.
    Which sword is forcing them?don’t repeat Islamophobic lies here.
    A. J. Arberry (Aspects of Islamic Civilization,) states:
    The rapidity of the spread of Islam, noticeably through extensive provinces which had been long Christian, is a crucial fact of history..
    The sublime rhetoric of the Quran, that inimitable symphony, the very sounds of which move men to tears and ecstasy”. (M. Pickhtal, The Meaning of the Glorious Quran, p.vii)
    Arberry continues:
    This, and the urgency of the simple message carried, holds the key to the mystery of one of the greatest catalysms in the history of religion. When
    all military, political and economic factors have been exhausted, the religious impulse must still be recognized as the most vital and enduring.
    Historian De Lacy O’Leary in the book “Islam at the crossroad”:
    “History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myth that historians have ever repeated.”
    Jostaf Lopond, in his book, The Arabs Civilization, states, ‘ Force was never a factor in the spread of the Glorious Quran. In fact, Arabs left the freedom of choice to the people they overcome and conquered. Some of the Christians, who converted to Islam and took the Arabic language as a medium of communication, were merely impressed with the Arabs conquerors’ justice. Such people never noticed any such astounding justice from their previous masters. Secondly, such converts noticed a great ease in dealing with the Islamic life, faith and principles.’ (Ibid, page 314).

    Rosenthal makes his point as follows:
    The more important factor for the spread of Islam is religious law of Islam (Sharia which is an inclusive, all-embracing, all-comprehensive way of thinking and living) which was designed to cover all manifestations of life. (Political Thought in Medieval Islam, p.21)
    Thomas Carlyle, in his book “Heroes and Hero worship”, –:
    “The sword indeed, but where will you get your sword? Every new opinion, at its starting is precisely in a minority of one, in one man’s head alone. There it dwells as yet. One man alone of the whole world believes it; there is one man against all men. That he takes a sword and tries to propagate with that, will do little for him. You must get your sword! On the whole, a thing will propagate itself as it can.’

    Brockelman, who is usually very unsympathetic and partial, also recognizes the religious values of Islam as the main factor for the spread of Islam.
    (History of the Islamic Peoples, p.37)
    Ira Zepp Jr.,
    ‘ The historical reality is that the expansion of Islam was usually by persuasion and not by military power. In any case, Islam cannot be forced on anyone; if profession of the shahadah [i.e. the declaration of Islam] is forced on someone, it is not true Islam.

  • George Carty

    Any of you read this posting by the Slacktivist, about how Christianity was perverted in the United States in the cause of defending slavery?

  • Yusuf

    I’m surprised that none in the media that I’ve heard have mentioned the racism angle of his statement. Typical of our racist media. (yes, I do find American media racist against non-white peoples)

  • Pat is Creepy

    Loon alert! Watch every penny and every bite of bread these fanatics donate come with arm twisting for the vulnerable Haitians to accept Jesus and follow their 700 club cult and CBN snake network. If Islam was spread by the sword, then Christianity was spread by the sword and the arm twist, how else do you explain all of those natives in latin America and Africa became Christian… they read a book? When it’s not the sword, it’s hey you’re hungry and dying, here’s food and water, but on one condition…

  • kermit_green

    Message from ISNA president Dr. Ingrid Mattson on the Haitian Earthquake

    It has been reported that a prominent Christian leader, Pat Robertson,
    has said that Haiti has been “cursed” by a “pact with the devil.”
    Fortunately, this is not the mainstream Christian position and my
    friend, the Reverend Paul Raushenbush, has rejected Robertson’s
    “blaming the victims” theology. Religious leaders must take a stance
    against extremist voices in their community, and I am glad to see Rev.
    Raushenbush respond to Robertson’s ridiculous and offensive

    As Muslims, we believe that human suffering is not always explainable
    or understandable. We do know that innocent people suffer all the
    time, from sickness and natural disaster, and that in such cases, we
    are required to do two things: First, pray and remember, as the Qur’an
    says that “to God we belong and to Him we return.” Second, we must
    help those who are suffering. The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon
    him, reported in a Sacred Hadith that if we want to be close to God,
    we should visit the sick and feed the needy. On the Day of
    Resurrection, Allah will say, “O son of Adam, I fell ill and you did
    not visit me.” The person will say, “O Lord, how could I visit you
    when You are the Lord of the worlds?” He will say, “Did you not know
    that So-and-so fell ill and you did not visit him? If you had visited
    him, you would have found Me with him [the hadith continues].”

    We realize from this hadith that the path to closeness with God is,
    after worship, service to humanity. Perhaps the most needy
    collectivity of people in the world today are the Haitians after
    enduring this terrible earthquake. Helping the Haitians in this time
    of need is certainly a sign of religious sincerity.

    It is also important to realize, however, that this is much more than
    a “natural” disaster – that this suffering is not just part of God’s
    inscrutable plan. As was the case of the devastation that followed
    hurricane Katrina, human negligence and oppression made a challenging
    natural event into a disaster of hugely devastating proportions.

    We cannot understand this disaster without asking the question, why is
    Haiti the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere? The sad reality
    is that the people of Haiti have endured almost constant oppression
    and injustice since the first arrival of European colonialists five
    centuries ago. The indigenous population was nearly completely
    exterminated following the arrival of Christopher Columbus, and then
    hundreds of thousands of Africans were enslaved and transported to
    Haiti, where they endured possibly the most brutal conditions ever
    experienced by humanity. Deep and enduring oppression continued under
    French colonialism, and every time Haitians attempted to assert their
    independence, they were brutally suppressed. After finally winning
    national independence in the nineteenth century, Haitians did not
    remain free of foreign interference, and were occupied by the United
    States in the early twentieth century. Imperialism was followed by a
    series of dictators in the second half of the twentieth century. Only
    recently have Haitians been able to restore democratic rule.

    As we know from the experience of people across the Middle East and
    Africa, centuries of colonialism and imperialism destroy cultures,
    families, and all social and economic structures that are needed for a
    functioning society. The people of Haiti are desperately poor because
    they have endured centuries of injustice and oppression. It is
    because of their poverty that their homes and buildings were utterly
    unsuitable to endure a major earthquake, which scientists have
    predicted for many years. It is because of their poverty that the
    people of Haiti do not have even the basic infrastructure and
    equipment they now need to dig their people out of collapsed buildings
    and provide them with urgently needed care.

    This Friday, I ask Imams, Khateebs, and other Muslim leaders to share
    the message of religious sincerity and compassion with their
    communities. We need to discuss the significance of the collective
    obligation to help the poor and needy, to ensure that we go beyond
    occasional charity to help reform oppressive social and economic
    structures. Finally, this is a lesson in human solidarity. Our
    community knows very well the devastation caused to Muslim societies
    by colonialism and imperialism, but we do not often recognize that
    others in the world have also suffered from the same history. Surely
    God will lift up the Muslim community and ease the suffering of our
    people if we sincerely and earnestly serve our brothers and sisters in
    humanity – the sons and daughters of Adam – who also cry out for

  • StanTheMan

    What a major loon this guy is. He goes, “Haiti got together and swore a pact to the devil – true story.” Lool @ true story. What a moron, how can anyone follow this guy, he’s like a medieval croaking oracle thingie.

    The funny thing is, look at the black woman’s reaction. She’s expressionless as he is talking about the devil pact, kind of thinking WTF, and then the moment he moves on from his kooky story and starts talking facts like Haiti’s geography or the fact that they need aid she starts nodding as if to say, “finally, something that makes sense from this senile geezer.” haha

  • One of the more odious aspects of the Christian extremist right theology that Pat Robertson follows is it’s tendency to give supernatural powers to the devil.

    The devil doesn’t have powers equal to God he is part of God’s creation if you believe in God that is, in the Abrahamic tradtion. This is why there was so much bloodshed and murder in past Christian history, everything that they didn’t agree with, was blamed on the “devil”. It’s the same mentality that brought the crusades, that sent “witches” and “heretics” to be burned alive. It’s alive and well today, and the likes of Pat Robertson are only restrained by public and civil law.

    To get back to the point above, if Robertson thinks Haiti made a pact with the devil, (the devil has the power to cause earthquakes?) and they are being punished for something they did then what about the sins of his own country?

    Has Pat Robertson ever ascribed a natural disaster in the USA to the genocide of native Indians, or is that time yet to come in the future?

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