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Watch: Haitian Ambassador Responds to Pat Robertson


On Rachel Maddow's show, Haitian Ambassador Raymond Joseph responded to Pat Robertson's despicable remarks that the earthquake in Haiti was a result of the island nation's "pact with the devil."


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  1. Again: "One man's theology is another man's belly laugh."

    Robert A. Heinlein

    Posted by: sunset10086 | Jan 14, 2010 7:30:04 AM

  2. Pat Robertson should be thrown from a plane....into a volcano.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Jan 14, 2010 8:11:24 AM

  3. Why is it that these "religious" people come out wringing their hands and screaming "I told you so" every time disaster hits? They almost seem pleased by others misfortune. Pat Robertson should look within and try to heal that black hole he calls a heart.

    Posted by: james | Jan 14, 2010 8:46:39 AM

  4. Good for Rachel! God forbid any foreigner thinks that Americans are in any way like Pat Robertson. When Pat dies he'll find himself in a much different place than where he thinks he's going.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 14, 2010 8:49:30 AM

  5. JAMES, it's called privilege.

    Posted by: JonBenet | Jan 14, 2010 9:07:19 AM

  6. Spectacular. By extension then, we are also cursed, or at least those 13 states are cursed. Maybe all those farmers in the Mississippi River floodplain would be interested to know that PR thinks their destruction is a just outcome for their Satanically-gotten land.

    Posted by: Naughty Lola | Jan 14, 2010 9:08:54 AM

  7. Does anyone else see a problem here? I have a feeling quite a few Haitians believe that Pat Robertson is speaking for the United States.

    Posted by: Ray | Jan 14, 2010 9:53:47 AM

  8. I really like this Haitian guy- I've seen him speak a couple of times and he's real and demonstrates genuine feeling, which is more than most political people can ever muster.

    Plus, I'm sure any American that heard it got a well needed history lesson.

    Posted by: stephen | Jan 14, 2010 10:22:49 AM

  9. This is terrible. Not only do people believe that Pat Robertson's comments reflect the views of Christians as a whole, but also America's! Why should one man with a microphone overshadow the efforts of both religious groups and other organizations from America who are and have been trying to help?

    Posted by: Stacy | Jan 14, 2010 11:48:14 AM

  10. Well...when more of America's progressive politicians start speaking up for America like Rachel so eloquently did and specifically let the world know Pat's a self-involved asshole, then maybe peoples' views of the country will start to change. But I haven't heard one word from any of our political or religious leaders rebutting Pat's ludicrous and, quite frankly, anti-Christian claim or flat out saying, "That man does not speak for this country." And as everybody knows, silence = consent.

    Posted by: Kyle Sullivan | Jan 14, 2010 12:07:42 PM

  11. Ha Ha!! I'm laughing because if a quake like this hit Uganda or Vatican City, or Crawford, Texas, you all would be throwing a party and saying that God made it happen and it was a great thing. Can't have it both ways people. Let Pat Robertson have his views and let everyone else have theirs.

    Posted by: BC | Jan 14, 2010 12:52:39 PM

  12. BC: I'm all for exposing hypocrisy regardless of what side of the fence it comes from, but your comment was just stupid.

    Posted by: TheOtherGuy | Jan 14, 2010 2:55:48 PM

  13. THEOTHERGUY: what, you haven't seen the death threats on here for people who live in those areas?

    I agreed that Pat Robertson's view is ridiculous but again, let's not justify it by pointing it out for all to see. This is all Rachel Maddow does - she gives a forum for people like Robertson to get their message out. Instead of simply reporting that this was said and then focusing on the dozens of Christian groups that are HELPING in Haiti, she focuses on this one man with an out of date view. She's a hatemonger. She looks for the hate everywhere.

    Posted by: BC | Jan 14, 2010 3:38:56 PM

  14. "...she focuses on this one man with an out of date view. She's a hatemonger. She looks for the hate everywhere....Posted by: BC"

    You, sir, are a Moron and a colossal nitwit.

    If you can't distinguish between Right-Wing hate groups and the progressives trying to pull this country out of a potential civil war being paid and fomented by the right wing, then you are obviously a Paid-Blogger here at Towleroad to create 'mock' conflict.

    Take your Dog and Pony show elsewhere, jackass.

    Posted by: New Jersey Girl | Jan 14, 2010 4:18:18 PM

  15. BC: what mainly stood out to me in your comment was when you said "let Pat Robertson have his views." While I believe in freedom of speech, this does not mean freedom of responsibility (many bigots seem to believe this). Robinson and his views, which reach his massive audience and as some mentioned, may be mistaken for general US consensus by people in other countries such as Haiti, need to be addressed. Ambassador Raymond Joseph himself felt it was a point that needed to be addressed and had obviously prepared what he said on air beforehand.

    I have seen terrible things said here by commentators on Towleroad that I do not wish to associate myself with, but it does not excuse Pat Robertson from making hateful, ridiculous comments.

    As for Rachel, she obviously panders to the left and is overly smug, but at least her commentary is based on fact and often exposes great wrongs and social injustices (i.e. she is one of the few tv personalities bothering to really focus on the situation in Uganda). While she is working heavily against the right and definitely will not win anyone over who wasn't already aligned with her views, I wouldn't go it as far as calling it hate-mongering while dismissing Pat.

    Posted by: TheOtherGuy | Jan 14, 2010 4:33:05 PM

  16. I actually referred to Robertson as Robinson there, sorry for any confusion!

    Posted by: TheOtherGuy | Jan 14, 2010 4:33:56 PM

  17. Usually dicks like BC believe free speech exists only for those who exercise it to vent hatred and bigotry. They don't think it exists for anyone else, like rachel maddow or the haitian ambassador. Fuckin' DICK.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 14, 2010 4:35:32 PM

  18. "If you can't distinguish between Right-Wing hate groups and the progressives trying to pull this country out of a potential civil war being paid and fomented by the right wing, then you are obviously a Paid-Blogger here at Towleroad to create 'mock' conflict."

    Jerseygirl, you are as looney as Pat Robertson. I'd like to hang out in your head some time and see what other crazy notions are floating around in there.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 14, 2010 6:46:46 PM

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