Pat Robertson {insert your headline here}

I give up. I wrote three or four headlines for this blog entry, and none of them seemed to capture the idiocy that is Pat Robertson:

  • Pat Robertson Spews Again
  • Robertson Needs To Put a Sock In It
  • Robertson Gives New Meaning to STFU

Why? Because of this latest idiocy that came out of his mouth:

Haiti had the earthquake because they made a pact with the devil.

“Something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about,” Robertson said Tuesday.

“They were under the heel of the French, you know Napoleon the third 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 prince.’ True story. And so the devil said, ‘Ok it’s a deal.’ And they kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got something themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another,” Robertson said.

There you go. That’s Robertson’s view of God — an angry, vindictive being who carries grudges against entire nations for hundreds of years, then kills thousands and thousands of people — including Christians — just to make a point.

I can’t really find words to describe how such an attitude makes me feel: initially very angry, then sad, then despairing. With so much hurt already in the world, why ADD to it? And of all the stupid, uncaring, callous things you could say, why tell the victims of an earthquake that they deserved it, that they brought it on themselves, that God is so angry with them that God would kill their children?

If I could look in the face of every Haitian, I would say two things:

I’m sorry.

And,

God cries with you, not against you.

 

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4 Responses to Pat Robertson {insert your headline here}

  1. Bruce says:

    For more information on where the "pact with the devil" myth came from, there’s a good story on Salon:
    http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2010/01/13/haiti_satan_pact/index.html

  2. David Bannister says:

    So sad. So true. Thanks Bruce.

  3. Georgianna says:

    I agree! But I think Mr. Robertson gets more attention than he really deserves. For someone to make such outrageous statements, someone needs to stop him. I am not suggesting someone hurt him, just take him off the air.

    The problem with that is I know too many people who still listen to him and believe what he says.

  4. Michelle Knoll says:

    Bruce,

    Thought you might want to take a look at this:

    http://www.blackandchristian.com/articles/academy/gelin-11-05.shtml

    Haven’t fully researched it, but it looks interesting.

    Blessings!

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