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"[S]omething 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, you know, Napoleon III 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 so the Devil said 'OK, it's a deal.' And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other."

--Pat Robertson, speaking while people were still trapped in the rubble of Port-au-Prince.

Four out of five of those people were probably Christians, if that makes a difference; most of those Christians were probably Catholics, so maybe it doesn't, at least not to Robertson.

"Napoleon III and whatever." The Haitian Revolution began in 1791 and ended in 1804. Napoleon III was born in 1808.

By "deal with the devil" Robertson probably means the vodou ceremony on August 14, 1791, when Dutty Boukman gave the signal to begin. But if that was a deal, it was a raw one: victory came more than twelve years later and cost tens of thousands of Haitian lives.

But for Robertson and his ilk these details mean nothing. They can blather any crap that promotes their agenda and call it a "true story."

If there's ever a monument built to stupidity, Robertson's face should be on it.

To send aid to Haiti, I suggest Direct Relief International, www.directrelief.org.

Date: 2010-01-17 03:14 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] unixronin.livejournal.com
Saying that doesn't make Robertson stupid. That horse LONG since bolted.

Date: 2010-01-17 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jmkelly.livejournal.com
Oh, I know. It's not news when Robertson says something stupid. But I thought this was a cut above (or below) the average and deserved notice.

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