It even made NPR.
On the 700 Club, regarding the Haiti Earthquake, Robertson said this:
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. Napoleon the Third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, “We will serve you if you get us free from the prince.” True story. And so the devil said, “OK, it’s a deal.” They kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free.
But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle, on the one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island.
They need to have, and we need to pray for them, a great turning to God. And out of this tragedy I’m optimistic something good may come. But right now, we’re helping the suffering people and the suffering is unimaginable
I’ve got to wonder–is Robertson perhaps trying to bash Roman Catholicism or just Vaudou? Does he want Haitians to convert to his brand of Protestantism? Is THAT the motivation for his words?
This is not the first time he’s said religious nonsense (According to his twisted theology, Katrina was punishment for America’s sins, and Ariel Sharon had a stroke because “he was dividing God’s land”)
Its days that Pat Robertson doesn’t get struck by lightning for invoking God in such a manner that moves me out of the agnostic camp and into the atheist camp.