Pat Robertson v. Haiti

If you read my last post, praising Keith Olbermann for his brilliant condemnation of Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh, you might have wondered what all the fuss was about. Here’s some detail about Pat Robertson’s accusations against Haiti and justification of the disaster there.

In his Wednesday broadcast of the “700 Club” Mr. Robertson suggested that the earthquake in Haiti, which has caused an estimated 100,000+ deaths this week, was because of something that “happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it.”

Continuing on, Mr. Robinson said that Haitians were:

“…under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and 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, ‘OK, 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.”

Lest you think I’m making this up, here is the video:

It quite simply amazes me that in the 21st century, we still have well-respected (by some, at least) religious leaders, with huge congregations and a very loud bully pulpit, making such ridiculous statements. It’s a fall-back to ancient times when thunder loomed over huts and caves, and primitive people assumed the gods were angry and made sacrifices to appease them. Yet here we are, with a modern man on national television saying that 100,000 people were killed in a day because Haitians made a deal with the devil in 1804.

I shouldn’t be surprised, really. Pat Robertson is the same unimaginable jackass that has said that natural disasters and terrorists attacks have plagued the United States for the last several years because God is mad at us for legalizing abortion. In his September 12, 2005 broadcast of “The 700 Club” he had this little gem to share with his audience:

“We have killed over 40 million unborn babies in America. … I was reading, yesterday, a book that was very interesting about what God has to say in the Old Testament about those who shed innocent blood. And he used the term that those who do this, ‘the land will vomit you out.’ … But have we found we are unable somehow to defend ourselves against some of the attacks that are coming against us, either by terrorists or now by natural disaster? Could they be connected in some way?”

Look here, asshole: disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes happen because of natural weather conditions. There’s not some big spooky man in the sky getting pissy with our country because of this-or-that, and punishing hundreds or thousands of innocent people in a temper tantrum. And terrorists attack us because some OTHER religious nutbag with a big voice and a manipulatable audience told his/her mindless drones that THEIR god is mad at US for not believing in the RIGHT god and so they should kill us all to make their god happy.

Or something like that.

I will never cease being amazed at what grown, educated people will believe, and the hateful things they will say and do because they think they know what God wants.

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