Jewish Journal


January 13, 2010

Pat Robertson blames Haiti for ‘pact to the devil’


When I worked at The Sun, it just so happened that Rodney King—that Rodney King—lived in the city I covered (and also lived in for three months). As a cub reporter, I wanted to find some news peg upon which I could write about King. My city editor offered sage advice: wait a few months and he’ll get in trouble..

The same principle could be used in regards to coverage of Pat Robertson. It’s been a long time since Robertson has had any influence. But he still managing to say some crazy things every now and then. Like today when Robertson, on “The 700 Club,” blamed Haitians for the earthquake that devastated their country last night:

“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.

Read the rest here. And after the jump, hear Robertson’s words yourself and watch a “South Park” clip that demonstrates a common bond between Robertson and, of all characters, Cartman.

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