Pat Robertson has made the news again this time being accused of blaming Haiti’s earthquake on the pact the country made with the devil”. Christianity Today covered it well but Salon claims the “televangelist believes momentous earthquake is epic revenge.”
The skinny is, IMHO, that people are linking Pat Roberston’s comments with his unfortunate 9/11 statements and have come up with something more controversial than it should be. CBN released a press statement making it clear that “Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God’s wrath.” as well as adding some more historical footage: “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.”
When I was in Haiti, I heard the same story and also saw a lot of voodoo and heard drums at night, etc. But that doesn’t mean the earthquake is their fault. Earthquakes happen everywhere, even in places where people have made a pact with God and not the devil.
I have also been in Dominican Republic many times and yes, its the nicer half of the island but in no way is it “prosperous”, unless you only see the tourist resorts. A lot of this has to do with the fact that Haiti cut down all their trees and fished out their oceans while Dominican Republic had a better ecological strategy.
Is the earthquake anyone’s fault? I dont think so. “God . . . sends rain on the just and the unjust” Matthew 5:45
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