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Pat Robertson’s Haiti ‘Devil’ Comments Get Backlash

The Rev. Pat Robertson’s comments that a Haitian “pact with the Devil” brought about the earthquake this week is receiving backlash.

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The “growing chorus” of people slamming Robertson’s comments have also left Valerie Jarret, a White House senior adviser to President Obama, “kind of speechless,” according to a New York Daily News report.

“That’s not the attitude that expresses the spirit of the president or the American people, so I thought it was a pretty stunning comment to make,” Jarret said on “Good Morning America” on Thursday.

Robertson’s organization has reportedly backpedaled on the controversial comments.

In a statement on his Web site, a Christian Broadcasting Network spokesman says he didn’t mean to imply the earthquake was the Haitians’ fault, and that he was merely repeating a legend that has led “countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed.”

Robertson alleged that Haiti’s liberation from France was the result of a deal with the Devil during an interview with the 700 Club on Wednesday.

“They were under the heel of the French … 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,'” Robertson said.

Robertson continued: “True story. And so the devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal.’ They kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got themselves free. Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”

The Rev. Franklin Graham condemned Robertson’s remarks on “Good Morning America.”

“God loves the people of Haiti. He hasn’t turned his back on Haiti,” Graham said.  Graham’s ministry is currently doing relief work in Haiti.

What do you think about Robertson’s comments? Share your comments below.

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    3 Responses to “Pat Robertson’s Haiti ‘Devil’ Comments Get Backlash”

    1. lynne says:

      Pat Robertson and every other right wing zealot who calls themselves a Christian while they cheat on their wives, feed you lies, rip you off and blame the left should be proud of this idiot. He’s one of you. Bush, Cheney, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, O’Reilly. You’re all the same lying, minipulating, souless jerks who have helped put this country in its present condition. Waging war without a reason, then supporting it while innocent American shoulders were slaughtered.

    2. Jason Budd says:

      Please go to the Christian Broadcasting Networks’ website and flood their site with letters. It won’t really help – Pat Robertson said 9/11 was because America had lost his way and still kept his job. He said that Katrina was God’s wrath because New Orleans was corrupt (that’s why the CBN claims Robertson did NOT say Haiti’s current situation was God’s wrath. He must have been coached not to use that language. Why he hasn’t been asked to step down is evidence of their corruption and “pact with the devil” . . . if you will.

      This is the contact info — every since link should be mailed.

      • Joan says:

        If the 700 Club wants to continue running their scams, they need to hold auditions for another “loveable old grandpa” type to be their front-man. Pat Robertson is out of control. They need another puppet to bilk the public out of their millions.

        Even the best of the con-men eventually lose their touch. Get rid of Robertson, and the money will start rolling in again. The public has a very short memory — they’ll forget all about him in a few days.

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