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PAT ROBERTSON: And, you know, Kristi, something 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 III and 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, “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. 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. Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, et cetera. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. They need to have and we need to pray for them a great turning to God. And out of this tragedy, I’m optimistic something good may come. But right now, we’re helping the suffering people, and the suffering is unimaginable.
KRISTI WATTS (co-host): Absolutely, Pat.
The Pastor Pat Robertson for all intent and purposes is a fucking idiot! In the midst of probably the worst natural disaster in the history of the island nation of Haiti, Robertson is saying that the Haitians basically brought the devastating earthquake that destroyed Port-au- Prince upon themselves due to a pact made with the Devil during the Haitian Revolution. And to think I thought that it was the fault of all those Haitian homosexuals and abortion clinics.
Prior to the Haitian Revolution, sugar and coffee plantations required vast amounts of human labor. This of course led to the slave population to become much larger than the population of the French who controlled Haiti. And unlike slavery in America, Haitian slaves were allowed to keep most of their culture and established independent social systems. In 1791 under a man named Boukman, over 100,000 slaves revolted and burned every plantation in the fertile regions of Haiti and executed every Frenchman they could find. Later, under the leadership of Francois Dominique Toussaint L’Ouverture, the Haitians organized politically and militarily as the only way to survive as France sought to regain control of the island while also keeping the Spanish and English at bay by playing the European powers against each other.
After Toussaint was tricked by the French in 1803 and sent off to die in a French prison the mantle was carried on by Jean-Jacques Dessalines who continued to fight the Europeans until November 1803 when at long last the French Commander Jean-Baptiste Rochambeau surrendered. Dessalines then declared Haiti as a republic. The first Black republic in the world and the second republic in the Western hemisphere. All of this was accomplished by better leadership in organizing the people and better leadership on the battlefield. To suggest that these accomplishments were made with a pact with the Devil reeks of racism and white superiority. Pat Robertson should just slither back to whichever rock he emerged from and keep his fucking mouth shut.
Haiti is now in dire straits and needs the world community to come to its aid. Some of the ways that you may give are to text “Yele” to 501501. This will be an automatic donation of $5 to Wyclef Jean’s foundation where he has pledged every dollar will go to disaster relief. You may also text “Haiti” to 90999 which will be an automatic donation of $10 to The American Red Cross. The Salvation Army has long had a prescence in Haiti and is accepting donations on it’s website. However you choose to give, research the charity to see what percentage of your donation goes directly to relief as opposed to administrative cost. No matter what you can afford, every little bit can make a difference.
I do not believe in God but if I did, I know that He/She would not deliberately destroy an island because its inhabitants according to Pat Robertson made a pact with the Devil. The Devil would have double crossed the Haitians anyway.
This photo was taken by Judy Jacobson of the Associated Press. This is what happens when young men are sent off to fight old men’s wars. Maybe, seeing more images like these will hasten our withdrawal from both Iraq and Afghanistan. Full the full story, click here.