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Opinion Editorials, January 2010
God Helped Haitians to Be Free from Slavery, Not the Devil, as Pat Robertson Alleges
By Hassan El-Najjar
ccun.org, January 17, 2010
At the time the whole world is sad for what happened to Haiti as a result of the devastating earthquake few days ago, some people cannot help but show their gloating over the misery of the poor Haitians!
Basically, Pat Robertson said that the Haitian earthquake was a punishment of God for this generation of Haitians because their slave ancestors revolted against the French colonialist slave masters, with help from the devil as he alleged.
How misguided Robertson and his likes are!
The devil is evil. He encourages wrong doing, like enslaving people, not freeing them. If Haitian slaves received any help to free them from the French colonialist slavery, it was for sure from God, who loves his creation and does not like to see them enslaved.
Even using Robertson's wrong argument that they had a "pact with the devil", the Almighty God, the Just One, does not punish people for the sins of others, after 200 years!
What Pat Robertson and his likes are ignorant about is that natural disasters are not punishment from God. Natural disasters have hit people in all continents, irrelevant of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and socio-economic status. The Tsunami, few years ago, killed hundreds of thousands of people from all religions, including Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and followers of other religions.
If God wants to punish people for their wrong doing, He would do so to evil adults, not to children, and not to descendants of alleged wrong-doers, after more than 200 years of the Robertson's alleged story. Apparently, he implies that Haitians should have stayed in Slavery to the French evil doers.
Finally, what about the emancipation of slaves in the US, Central America, and South America? Did they also have an accord with the devil? Robertson is saying that slavery is good and freeing slaves is evil and the work of the devil!
If God wants to punish wrong-doers, the Israelis Robertson always defends, would be the first to receive His punishment for what they have been doing to the Palestinian people, since 1948 ... evicting them from their homes and property, ruling them by force, keeping them under military rule, killing civilians continuously, particularly children and women, and most recently committing horrendous war crimes in Gaza last year while the whole world was watching on TV screens.
Natural disasters are caused by natural reasons. Humans may contribute to them through abusing nature itself, like what most advanced industrial societies have been doing to global warming.
There are areas known for earthquakes, others known for hurricanes, or tornadoes, or fires, or floods. These have nothing to do with people's behavior towards each other.
Haiti has not contributed to global warming for sure.
We are living in amazing times, indeed!
How can anybody still send him money to keep spreading his ignorant and hateful rhetoric!!!
Haiti legend cited by Pat Robertson a 'fabrication,' scholar says
By Matt Smith, CNN January 15, 2010 --
Pat Robertson has previously linked natural disasters and terrorist attacks to legalized abortion in the United States. STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Televangelist invoked tale saying natives made deal with devil for freedom from France Scholar: Tale is "longstanding trope of anti-Haitian venom" meant to discredit revolt, Vodou Legend stems from belief that slaves could not have pulled off revolt alone, Kate Ramsey says Spokesman denies Robertson said quake was God's wrath, says he is praying for Haiti
(CNN) -- Televangelist Pat Robertson wasn't blaming Haiti's catastrophic earthquake on "God's wrath," but was talking about a "widely discussed" legend that a Satanic pact aided its founding slave revolt, a spokesman said.
But the suggestion that Haiti's historic woes stem from a deal with the devil comes from a 19th-century "fabrication" meant to discredit its slave rebellion and Vodou religion, a Caribbean scholar said Thursday.
"This is a longstanding trope of anti-Haitian venom," Kate Ramsey, a researcher at the University of Miami, told CNN.
Robertson invoked the tale on his syndicated program, "The 700 Club," on Wednesday to suggest the poverty-stricken country's long history of natural disasters and political turmoil stemmed from a deal with the devil made by the leaders of its 1791 revolution against French rule.
"They said, 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.' True story," Robertson said. "And so, the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' "
The revolt succeeded, "but ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other," the 79-year-old Christian Coalition founder and onetime Republican presidential candidate said.
The legend of a Haitian deal with the devil dates back to the decades following its independence in 1804, Ramsey said. It began with a Roman Catholic campaign against Vodou, the Afro-Haitian religion widely practiced in Haiti, and spread as anti-slavery movements gained ground in the Caribbean, Europe and America, she said.
"They did become mobilized to discredit what was called the first black republic by outsiders, especially in the context of debates over abolition in the Caribbean and elsewhere," Ramsey told CNN.
European colonists in the Caribbean and the Americas believed that the Haitian slaves "could not have possibly pulled this off themselves" and must have had outside help, Ramsey said. Evangelical Christians have evoked the Haiti legend more recently and elaborated on it, "but it's drawing on a much longer history," she said.
"It's utterly a fabrication, and it's an extremely offensive one," she added.
Haiti, the Western Hemisphere's poorest country, has faced a string of natural disasters in the past two decades and been wracked by political chaos for much of its history.
In a statement posted on the broadcaster's Web site, Christian Broadcasting Network spokesman Chris Roslan said the "widely-discussed" legend, "combined with the horrible state of the country, has led countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed."
But, he added, "Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God's wrath."
"If you watch the entire video segment, Dr. Robertson's compassion for the people of Haiti is clear. He called for prayer for them. His humanitarian arm has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti over the last year, and they are currently launching a major relief and recovery effort to help the victims of this disaster."
Robertson has previously linked natural disasters and terrorist attacks -- including Hurricane Katrina, which killed more than 1,800 people on the Gulf Coast in 2005 -- to legalized abortion in the United States.
Pat Robertson links Haitian earthquake with "pact with the devil"
By Andrew Zajac Washington DC Bureau
Conservative televangelist Rev. Pat Robertson
on Wednesday blamed the earthquake in Haiti on a "pact with the devil"
purportedly entered into by the Haitian people in a bid to defeat French
colonizers in the early 19th century.
Pat Robertson Haiti Quotes Update
Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm
Pakistan News -
Pat Robertson Haiti quotes have become a hot issue in the whole media world. In fact, Pat Robertson Haiti quotes was so harsh and mocking that everybody has termed them as un-ethical, immoral and devoid of humanitarianism. When everybody in the world is mourning on the distressing earthquake of Haiti where thousands of people have lost their lives and millions of people have lost their homes and became injured and effected in different ways, such remarks by a TV commentator really pinched all and sundry. Such people attract severe criticism from analysts as well as the public at large. Now all are condemning him for his satirical comments on the people of Haiti.
Pat Robertson Haiti quotes – what these quotes actually were. Pat Robertson, in fact, while commenting on the recent Haiti earthquake had said that Haitians had committed an accord with the devil to ouster the French from their country and they succeeded in doing so with the help of the devil, hence this earthquake had taken place, which was a blessing in disguise for them, so that they could redirect themselves to God. These remarks were taken into account by everybody and welcomed a lot of criticism for Pat Robertson.
If we study the whole story of Haitian earthquake, we come to the conclusion that a gigantic and harsh earthquake has turned every thing upside down. The life has been transformed to death. The people world over are praying for the life of those who have been injured. People are sending donations for them very quickly. In such a situation, the Pat Robertson Haiti quotes have been disliked by every one. Such a criticism on his remarks is but natural. Nobody, having a human heart, could pass such remarks in this state of natural wreckage.http://www.apakistannews.com/pat-robertson-haiti-quotes-update-157083
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