Thursday, January 14, 2010
Scumbag Pat Robertson says Haiti deserved Earthquake because they made “pact with the devil”
What is the reason for this man’s existence?
By Larry Simons
January 14, 2010
Yesterday on the 700 Club, “Christian” scumbag/evangelist Pat Robertson added to his incredibly long list of despicable and obtuse comments when he had this to say about the massive Earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday:
“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, uh, 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'll get us free from the French.' True story. And the devil said, ‘OK, it's a deal’, and they kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free, and ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor.”
watch the clip
As Robertson sat there and spewed his shit, co-host Kristi Watts sat there like a graven image, nodding in agreement with a "yes Pat, I totally agree with you, because you're my employer and even if I dared to disagree with your hateful bile, I wouldn't tell you anyway, because I need my paycheck" look on her face, taking it all in as if she was listening to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
Before I even mention how big of a prick one has to be to make such a vile and hateful comment at the very moment thousands of people are crushed underneath tons of concrete and thousands more are homeless and hungry, let’s address the comment itself.
According to Salon.com’s interview with UCLA history and anthropology professor Andrew Apter, the facts about Haiti’s voodoo traditions and their third world status reveal that not only is Pat Roberston and old fucking, senile douchebag, but a blatant liar:
Is there any truth to what Pat Robertson is saying?
Of course not! Haitians are Christians. Pat Robertson's language is the reductio ad absurdum of the Christian right. It's so absurd it's almost funny. This notion of a pact with the devil is basically an echo of an old colonial response to the successes of the 1790s Haitian revolution.
What is this pact he's talking about?
Part of the revolution mythology is that one of the revolution leaders sacrificed a pig in Bois Caïmin in a voodoo ceremony and made a contract with Petwo [Haitian voodoo spirits]. It may or may not be true, but to call that a pact with the devil is a gross misrepresentation of what voodoo is. It's about anything but the devil. He's imposing an evangelical religious order on a much more sophisticated practice, and he's turning it into a cheap invocation of Satanism.
This is hate speech. It's saying these people are damned. It's a frequent theme among some Christians that Haiti is being punished for this supposed pact with the devil with extreme poverty and humanitarian crises. Tragically, many evangelical Christians in Haiti may actually, in their own extreme confusion and suffering and desperation, believe that God is punishing them.
The reason Haiti is poor is because Europe imposed a blockade on trade after the slave revolt in 1804, and you have an extremely polarized class structure in which a few families stepped into the positions of the former colonial plantation owners. There has been a horrible cycle of plundering and autocracy within Haitian leadership.
Why do you think this kind of obsession with Haitian voodoo persists?
There's a fascination with all things voodoo, not only in New Orleans but also on TV, on shows like "Bones," and it stems from the occupation of Haiti by the U.S. Marines in the first part of the 20th century. There were campaigns under certain Haitian governments in conjunction with the church to rout voodoo, but it didn't come close to working, because voodoo is part of everyday life in Haiti.
Do you think this has been holding Haiti back?
I think other factors are more important in holding Haiti back: the class structure, the dispossession of a largely illiterate populace, the links that the underclass increasingly has with drug gangs, which has generated a lot of violence, and the tradition of sweatshop labor. I think the backlash against voodoo is a kind of reflection of the problems, rather than a cause of it.
Saying the most hateful, vile and horrendous things is nothing new for Roberston.
Roberston has said the following in the past about:
Robertson "totally concur[red]" with Falwell on September 13, 2001 that the 9-11 attacks could be attributed in part to "the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians." Rev. Jerry Falwell reportedly said of the 9-11 attacks: "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the A.C.L.U., People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.' '' Robertson, as reported by The New York Times, replied: “Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government.”
Orlando, FL city officials [after they voted to fly rainbow flags from city lampposts during the annual Gay Days event at Disney World]. Robertson issued this warning to them in 1998:
“I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you. ... [A] condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It'll bring about terrorist bombs, it'll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor.”
Robertson said on August 22, 2005:
“I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war, and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.”
Robertson said on September 12, 2005:
“We have killed over 40 million unborn babies in America. I was reading, yesterday, a book that was very interesting about what God has to say in the Old Testament about those who shed innocent blood. And he used the term that those who do this, "the land will vomit you out." That -- you look at your -- you look at the book of Leviticus and see what it says there. And this author of this said, "well 'vomit out' means you are not able to defend yourself." But have we found we are unable somehow to defend ourselves against some of the attacks that are coming against us, either by terrorists or now by natural disaster? Could they be connected in some way?”
Citizens of Dover, PA [for voting off the school board all 7 members who believed in intelligent design]
Robertson said on November 10, 2005:
“I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city. And don't wonder why he hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because He might not be there.”
How does this piece of shit still get opportunity after opportunity to discharge these hate-driven, appalling comments? My deduction is that Robertson is the personification of the devil himself. Who else could be perpetually fueled by the most hate-filled and venomous remarks a human being could excrete and display this magnitude of utter contempt for other human beings but Lucifer himself?
I only have two words for you Pat......“Fuck” and “you”.
Keith Olbermann ripped Robertson a new ass last night for his disgraceful comments. Olbermann said this about Robertson [and Rush Limbaugh]:
“I would wish you to hell, but knowing how empty your souls must be to able to say such things in a time of such pain, I suspect the vacant purposeless of the lives you both live now are hell enough already.”
Way to go, Keith!
You make me SICK, you miserable glob of monkey spunk.