Wednesday, January 13, 2010

And Witches And Gay People Caused 9/11 And Katrina

It's that evil Voodoo.

ROBERTSON: [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. Napoleon the Third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, “We will serve you if you get us free from the prince.” True story. And so the devil said, “OK, it’s a deal.” They kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free.

But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle, on the one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island.

More here.

When America threw out the British, they apparently didn't make any such pacts. Nice white people, in America.

Robertson knows this how? He doesn't know which French ruler, but he knows all about this pact with the devil? What is it with these xian freekazoids and their complete inability to not act like jerks whenever there's a natural disaster?

h/t to trifecta in Comments at Eschaton.

Picture found here.

Update: Apparently, evangelicals have been telling this story about a deal with the devil, conflating the devil with Voodoo deities, for some time now. In Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince today you can see an iron pig statue. It commemorates the ritual of the African religion Americans today call Voodoo conducted by Boukman on August 14, 1791.

A pig on that day was ritually killed. The escaped slaves joined in drinking its still-warm blood as part of a pact. Boukman led his followers in vowing that they and their children would serve the pagan gods of the island, including the devil, for exactly 200 years in exchange for freedom from the French.

Seven days later the slaves of Haiti rose in rebellion, soaking Haiti in the blood of the French overseers and plantation owners who had enslaved them.

On January 1, 1804 – exactly 200 years ago – a beaten France acknowledged the independence of Haiti. This, as you soon shall see, is a key fact in our story.

No need to point out how racist this is, is there?


nanoboy said...

Robertson is nuts. Haiti has a long history of worse misrule than the Dominican Republic does. Jered Diamond writes a lot about it in his excellent book about the collapse of civilizations called, "Collapse." Haiti and the DR are a good pair of countries to contrast when discussing how people avoid the ultimate destruction of their natural resources. In the Dominican Republic's case, one the biggest things they did was to control deforestation. Haiti did not. No doubt, the lack of trees further exacerbated Haiti's troubles in this disaster.

Kate said...

I wish this surprised me. Same shit, different disaster.

Liz said...

OMFG!! And people think I'm odd?!

Laura said...

my friend told me about his comments this afternoon and i so wish there was a way to talk to him so i could tell him what an idiot i think he is.

i just keep reminding myself that karma will take care of him

Apuleius Platonicus said...

Haiti has never been forgiven for the crime of being the only place on earth where there has ever been a successful slave revolt. An example like that cannot go unpunished, and it hasn't. So if we were talking about the terrible poverty and violence and oppression in Haiti, Robertson would, in a sick way, be right. But an earthquake? Well, maybe he's right about that, too. Whatever it is that Robertson worships just might be capable of such a thing.

Makarios said...

Joseph Welch put it better than I possibly could: “You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

clymela said...

Well the thing I love about my paganism is that we don't condemn people as yet unborn we wait to see what they do in the world when they are of the age of reason.
Robertson worships some dark deity that supports his mining the blood diamonds, and partying with vicious dictators. Now I ask you who seems to serve the light? The likes of Robertson or the piddly little pagans with our plantings,seasons, family,etc.

DrKeithCurrie said...

Lets pray for preacher Pat Robertson So that he can come out from such mind.
We must pray for Haitian So that they over such a massive disaster.

Teacats said...

Such remarks from Robertson literally leave me gasping for breath. Sheer, unmitigated idiotic cruelty and such twisted sick thoughts and speech. And yet -- his followers believe him. And that fact scares me even more!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage

Kate said...

Did you see this: