The Rev. Pat Robertsonâ€™s comments that a Haitian â€œpact with the Devilâ€ brought about the earthquake this week is receiving backlash.
The â€œgrowing chorusâ€ of people slamming Robertsonâ€™s comments have also left Valerie Jarret, a White House senior adviser to President Obama, â€œkind of speechless,â€ 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 Haitiâ€™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 Robertsonâ€™s remarks on â€œGood Morning America.â€
“God loves the people of Haiti. He hasn’t turned his back on Haiti,” Graham said.Â Grahamâ€™s ministry is currently doing relief work in Haiti.
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