Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pat Robertson Explanation

Evangelist Pat Robertson has an unfortunate history of uttering outlandish statements at the most inconvenient times. The tragedy of the Haitian earthquake is no exception. Here's his explanation:
On today’s The 700 Club, during a segment about the devastation, suffering and humanitarian effort that is needed in Haiti, Dr. Robertson also spoke about Haiti’s history. His comments were based on the widely-discussed 1791 slave rebellion led by Boukman Dutty at Bois Caiman, where the slaves allegedly made a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over the French. This history, combined with the horrible state of the country, has led countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed. Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God’s wrath.

So while I re-tweeted Jonah Goldberg's comment that maybe Robertson so speak less often, this kind of makes sense. Then again, how much better would things have been if Robertson had skipped over all of this and just go to the Haiti-needs-our-help part?

(By the way, Haiti needs our help. Prayers their way. Things look awful and it looks like it's only going to get worse.)

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