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Pat Robertson: Quake Hit Because Haiti 'Swore Pact to the Devil'


Pat Robertson says that the earthquake likely responsible for thousands of deaths in Haiti happened because the Haitians "swore a pact to the Devil" to free themselves from the French. Robertson suggests the nation needs "a great turning to God."


Ways to help in Haiti relief efforts. You can donate to singer Wyclef Jean's foundation Yéle: Either you can use your cell phone to text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can click here to DONATE. Also, you can donate $10 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting "HAITI" to "90999." Find more ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information at cidi.org/incident/haiti-10a/.

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  1. "True Story" - Is that a joke? F idiots.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CAllywood, CA | Jan 13, 2010 6:43:47 PM

  2. Pat Roberston knows tons about the Devil.

    He works for him.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 13, 2010 6:44:06 PM

  3. Racist. Hateful. Xenophobic. Cruel.

    Why do people give this man air time? This is so horribly insensitive to people who are experiencing a devastating tragedy. Pat Robertson is the definition of "un-Christian."

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 13, 2010 6:45:54 PM

  4. Go to hell Pat.

    Posted by: Markus from Seattle | Jan 13, 2010 6:51:13 PM

  5. It almost seems like free-speech should stop short of major media outlets when it's this crazy...

    Posted by: stephen | Jan 13, 2010 6:52:04 PM

  6. Just another evil religious man hobnobbing with the likes of charles taylor and robert mugabe while victim blaming innocents killed for natural disasters. Pure evil. This lunatic should be selling pencils out of a paper cup.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 13, 2010 6:56:58 PM

  7. I was going to facetiously ask how the religious zealots would read this disaster, but this is jaw-droppingly unbelievable, not to mention reprehensible. I suppose he'll just hold tight to the money in his own coffers, then?

    Posted by: latebrosus | Jan 13, 2010 6:59:51 PM

  8. No one should be surprised with this lout's comments.

    What alarms me, however, is how many people agree with so many of his views.

    But, whether we like him or not, Americans have the constitutional freedoms of religion and speech.

    Posted by: Sami in Vancouver | Jan 13, 2010 7:04:18 PM

  9. (spotlight on)
    chorus: "Needs. To. Die. Now."
    (fade to black)
    (applause sign on).

    Posted by: casey | Jan 13, 2010 7:06:32 PM

  10. Sami, unfortunately you're right. As much as I despise him he as the right to express his view. Sure he sounds like an idiot but what the heck.

    Posted by: terry | Jan 13, 2010 7:07:24 PM

  11. I keep expecting Ashton Kutcher to run out from behind Pat Robertson's desk, give him a high five, and tell us all we've been punked. Maybe they're saving the big moment for his funeral?

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 13, 2010 7:10:04 PM

  12. Another bigoted gobshite. I'm still puzzled why Americans tolerate these idiots on national television and actually send them money. It's just a perversion of free speech, isn't it?

    Posted by: Sean R | Jan 13, 2010 7:13:42 PM

  13. You're goddamn right americans have the right to free speech. And that goes both ways. I can criticize his malicious evil beliefs as loudly and as hatefully as I wish to...because I'm an american, we have free speech. I hope he dies real soon..and slowly...and painfully.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 13, 2010 7:14:13 PM

  14. ...And the evidence that Haiti made a pact with the devil would be? Apparently for Pat, the evidence is the mere fact that the earthquake occurred.

    Posted by: rayrayj | Jan 13, 2010 7:14:34 PM

  15. Wait, I thought it was Harry Reid that caused the earthquake so the 24 hour news cycle would stop talking about his comments about the President.

    Posted by: tc in nyc | Jan 13, 2010 7:19:34 PM

  16. I wonder which of his sins he will blame as the reason his own demise?

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 13, 2010 7:19:35 PM

  17. It is like the man is some sort of two-dimensional super villain from a Saturday Morning cartoon. He even spouts off transparent, idiotic, and incoherent dialogue designed to show off how evil he really is. If I didn't know Robertson was dead serious about all of this, I would be laughing at how outrageous it is.

    "Silly African slaves, fighting against white people angers God. Everybody knows that."

    Posted by: John | Jan 13, 2010 7:22:57 PM

  18. Why does this A** get any press coverage anyway? Oh -- yeah! He's the anti-pope -- the devil incarnate on Earth; no wonder he knows about the 'pact with the devil."

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jan 13, 2010 7:23:10 PM

  19. I'm not surprised with this one either.
    This is the same man who blamed Katrina on the people living there and God sent us 9/11 because homosexuals were getting too many rights in America.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jan 13, 2010 7:32:35 PM

  20. this man should go into a corner and die he has consistenjtly taken advantage of natural
    disaster to push his demented views of the world what ever happened to the term god is love is he only for pat robertson vision of love

    Posted by: walter | Jan 13, 2010 7:41:01 PM

  21. Robertson is free to say whatever he wants, but we're free, too, to ignore this spineless fraction of a man.

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 13, 2010 7:54:22 PM

  22. The only appropriate response to this is:


    Posted by: Bren | Jan 13, 2010 7:55:40 PM

  23. I hope they bury Pat is some public place so we can all go crap on his grave.

    Posted by: homer | Jan 13, 2010 8:00:31 PM

  24. Pat Robertson thinks that Haiti is poverty stricken (and earthquake-stricken) because the country made a deal with Satan to help them overthrow the French.

    Back in May, the Times Online provided some slightly better insight into Haiti's past. Beyond a vague assumption that Imperialism had probably screwed Haiti somehow, I didn't know much about the country's history. Reading this story has been nothing short of nauseating.

    Summary: Haiti was forced to pay France for its freedom. When they couldn't afford the ransom, France (and other countries, including the United States) helpfully offered high-interest loans. By 1900, 80% of Haiti's annual budget went to paying off its "reparation" debt. They didn't make the last payment until 1947. Just 10 years later, dictator François Duvalier took over the country and promptly bankrupted it, taking out more high-interest loans to pay for his corrupt lifestyle. The Duvalier family, with the blind-eye financial assistance of Western countries, killed 10s of thousands of Haitians, until the Haitian people overthrew them in 1986. Today, Haiti is still paying off the debt of an oppressive dictator no one would help them get rid of for 30 years.

    The rest of the world refuses to forgive this debt.

    So, in a way, maybe Robertson is right. Haiti is caught in a deal with the devil, and the devil is us.

    Posted by: megamikeeg | Jan 13, 2010 8:07:16 PM

  25. Forget Robertson. Besides Wyclef Jean's foundation, here are more options to donate...

    Ben Stiller's Stillerstrong campaign will be temporarily diverting all donations to support the Haiti relief effort.

    •Partners In Health reports its Port-au-Prince clinical director , Louise Ivers, has appealed for assistance: "Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. SOS. SOS... Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us." Donate to their Haiti earthquake fund.

    •Mercy Corps is sending a team of emergency responders to assess damage, and seek to fulfill immediate needs of quake survivors. The agency aided families after earthquakes in Peru in 2007, China and Pakistan in 2008, and Indonesia last year. Donate online, call 1-888-256-1900 or send checks to Mercy Corps Haiti Earthquake Fund; Dept NR; PO Box 2669; Portland, OR 97208.

    •Direct Relief is committing up to $1 million in aid for the response and is coordinating with its other in-country partners and colleague organizations. Their partners in Haiti include Partners in Health, St. Damien Children's Hospital, and the Visitation Hospital, which are particularly active in emergency response. Donate to Direct Relief online.

    •Oxfam is rushing in teams from around the region to respond to the situation to provide clean water, shelter, sanitation and help people recover. Donate to Oxfam America online.

    •International Medical Corps is assembling a team of first responders and resources to provide lifesaving medical care and other emergency services to survivors of the earthquake. Donate online.

    The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake. They expect to provide immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. They are accepting donations through their International Response Fund.

    •UNICEF has issued a statement that "Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them." UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.

    •Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 13, 2010 8:19:23 PM

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