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To Haiti’s Long List of Curses, Add Pat Robertson
Posted: 15 January 2010 12:04 PM
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Comments by Rev. Pat Robertson today suggesting that an ancient curse on Haiti was responsible for this week’s earthquake spurred a dumbfounded response from the White House, and then backpedalling by Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network.

On his television show “700 Club,” Robertson said “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti. ... They got together and swore a pact to the Devil…. They said, ‘We will serve you if you 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 another.”

Obviously the earthquake in Haiti this week was a consequence of a pact with Satan made a century ago.

Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, appearing on “Good Morning America,” said she was “speechless” about Robertson’s comments. “That’s not the attitude that expresses the spirit of the president or the American people, so I thought it was a pretty stunning comment to make,” Jarrett said.

Robertson’s organization, the Christian Broadcasting Network, issued a statement stating that his comments were both factual and objective, and that Haiti’s history has led “countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed.”

For Pat Robertson to recount a xenophobic legend as historical fact is bizarre enough, but he also seems to believe that there is some sort of objective evidence or scholarly consensus that Haiti has been cursed. It is certainly true that Haiti has been cursed with grinding poverty, low literacy rates, and occasional natural disasters. But the real cause of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated the country was a not curse from God, but instead friction along the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault, an east-west ridge between two tectonic plates below Haiti.

Where did Robertson get the idea of a curse?

Caribbean cultures

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Posted: 15 January 2010 01:52 PM   [ # 1 ]
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Next weeks headline:

“Freak Meteorite Destroys Christian Broadcasting Network”


Wonder what he’ll make of that?

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Posted: 15 January 2010 02:16 PM   [ # 2 ]
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Don’t forget Rush Limbaugh’s latest comments about Haiti.  Natural disasters are nothing compared to his personal hatred of President Obama.

Rush Limbaugh meant what he said about Haiti

Rush Limbaugh is not backing down from his claim that President Barack Obama is trying to score political points off the earthquake in Haiti.

Challenged by a caller during his show Thursday, Limbaugh said:

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Posted: 15 January 2010 02:27 PM   [ # 3 ]
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Posted: 15 January 2010 02:58 PM   [ # 4 ]
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Ugh. They’re both just… I have no words which are appropriate for this forum.

What’s wrong with these people? Do they have no compassion and believe that no-one else does either?

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Posted: 15 January 2010 03:14 PM   [ # 5 ]
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Boo - 15 January 2010 07:58 PM

...Do they have no compassion…?

Nope. :blank:

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Posted: 15 January 2010 04:04 PM   [ # 6 ]
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That man. 😠

He makes every person calling themselves a ‘Christian’ look bad. :shut:

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Posted: 15 January 2010 04:07 PM   [ # 7 ]
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Hopefully, most people realise that he is NOT a normal Christian.
No Christians I know think like that.

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Posted: 15 January 2010 04:10 PM   [ # 8 ]
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Boo - 15 January 2010 09:07 PM

Hopefully, most people realise that he is NOT a normal Christian.
No Christians I know think like that.

I am really glad to hear that.  Every one that I know has hurting hearts for what the folks in Haiti must be going though right now.  I seriously dislike anyone who uses times like these to try and grandstand or make political “points”. 😡

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Posted: 15 January 2010 04:15 PM   [ # 9 ]
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Well… no, I still can’t put it any better than I did in my first post in this thread.
Needless to say, I agree with you.

Luckily, there seem to be a lot of organisations who are (legitimately) raising money for them, at least over here, so I’m giving what I can.
(And I’m not even religious! 😉 )

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Posted: 15 January 2010 04:26 PM   [ # 10 ]
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I concur!  As I pointed out to my friend earlier (in chat), I expected the country and President Bush to give aid for the tsunami that hit in 2004.  He did.  I expected the country and President Obama to give aid for this tragedy as well.  He did.  There is no political agenda in being a good human being.

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Posted: 15 January 2010 07:23 PM   [ # 11 ]
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I tend to think that Christian organisations should not have their own broadcasting networks nor should there be any Church based political parties. Im happy to go to Church but I refuse to listen to my local Christian radio station.

I just find that when Christian organisations have their own media outlets or political parties it serves to enable those Christians who are on the lunatic fringe. Pat Robertson is one of those Christians who seems to have lost the plot and should retire from public life.

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