Been doing some blog-clicking, and found some interesting posts. It seems that what Robertson is “quoted” as saying is not quite the same thing as what he said, but that doesn’t make what he said entirely right.
First, here are the sites:
Deacon Dana: “Pray for the People of Haiti.”
Curt Harding: “Why Robertson is Wrong”
“One Catholic’s Response to Pat Robertson.”
In summary, what Robertson (who I think is a complete fraud, and I don’t buy the argument that a Christian’s worth should be measured by how much money he allegedly gives to cahrity) said is that he believes Haiti’s long history of witchcraft is responsible for the country’s long history of economic turmoil.
At issue are three points:
1. Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the same island, Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic was originally a Spanish colony, while Haiti was French. Both countries are very impoverished, though Robertson described the Dominican Republic as “prosperous”. Now, as Haiti is the poorest nation on earth, any country is “prosperous” by comparison. Robertson overtly makes that comparison.
My wife went to Haiti. Her interest in Haiti got me interested in Haiti, and I wrote an article on Haiti a few years ago, and I’ve researched it. And a major issue in Haiti today is deforestation. There are practical reasons why Haiti is so particularly blighted as a nation.
a. Like every third world country, Haiti’s progress is impeded by government corruption and rampant crime. Foreign Aide is embezzled by corrupt officials, and direct charity from missionary groups is stolen by bandits. Mary’s group came there to install solar panels, and they were told that the panels would only be up for a few weeks before they were stolen.
b. Haiti, due to its small size, has suffered the effects of deforestation more drastically than, say, Brazil, but its situation is a warning to the world about what will happen if we don’t stop abusing God’s gifts to us.
c. The United States and France have stripped Haiti of its resources. Haiti is an embodiment of the Kissinger Doctrine: Manifest Destiny is over, so the US needs to turn to imperialism. Every government in Haiti for the past several decades has been US-backed. Reagan supported the guy before Aristide. The American Left supported Aristide. Aristide got elected during Bush Sr.’s administration. Aristide got overthrown in a coup, and Bush Sr. refused to intervene. Clinton came along and put Aristide in power. Aristide, in his second term, proved to be the worst dictator in Haiti’s history. Bush Jr. sent in troops in 2004 to put in the guy he wanted. Haiti has been nothing more than a tributary of the US for decades.
Those are the basic reasons for its poverty.
2. Is there witchcraft in Haiti? Absolutely! Haiti is the center of voodoo. Some commentors jump in with “What about New Orleans and Katrina?” yet the obvious answer to that is, “Voodoo is rampant there, too.”
However, my brother used to work in Boston, where there is a large Haitian population, and where he had a number of Haitians in his employ, and he was well aware of the voodoo they practiced. He also found a couple voodoo dolls on his doorstep.
Ignoring the earthquake, as Pat Robertson did not say the Haitians “deserved” the earthquake–this is how the mainstream media protrayed his comments. Again, that’s just for the sake of truth here. He didn’t say it, so it’s wrong to condemn him for saying it. He expressed hope, as I did, that the earthquake would be taken as a warning from God both by the Haitian people *and* by the rest of the world.
Robertson *did* make a very fauly conclusion.
His conclusion is that Haiti’s national poverty is due to its practice of witchcraft and the alleged rejection of God involved in its revolution against France.
Question, Mr. Robertson: is the United States impoverished? is the United States plagued by a history of poverty?
Because last time I checked, voodoo, wicca, New Age, occultism, “Satanism,” and daily newspaper horoscopes are practiced all over the United States.
Last time I checked, the United States was founded by a bunch of men who were mostly Deists, if nominally Christian, and most of the “Founding Fathers” were Freemasons. One of the exceptions to both rules was Charles Carroll, whose writings laid the groundwork for the heresy of Americanism and the Kennedy Doctrine (“My faith has nothing to do with my politics”).
I don’t know if the Haitians made a pact with the devil, and I’m not sure whether the United States was founded on a pact with the Devil, but the United States was certainly not founded as a Christian nation.
And what about France? “First Daughter of the Church”? (A very biased and racist term, by the way, as the true “First Daughter of the Church” is Ethiopia, which adopted Christianity as its official religion perhaps as Apostolic times). France had its bloody revolution that enthroned Goddess Liberty, involved the destruction of Catholic Churches, relics, artworks, and sacramentals, as well as the martyrdom of thousands of devout Catholics. France’s revolution led to official secularization, the invention of public education as we know it, etc.
Lots of Catholics wear Miraculous Medals. The Miraculous Medals was given to St. Catherine Laboure, a Vincentian nun, in apparitions she received in the Church of Our Lady of Victory, Rue de Bac, Paris, France. Many Catholics probably wear Miraculous Medals without knowing that the apparition that introduced the medal condemned the American and French Revolutions, especially the latter, as paving the way for an era of decadence.
So, Rev. Robertson, if a history of Satanism and/or rejection of God results in a history poverty, then why is the United States the most prosperous nation on earth? Where is the rampant poverty in France? Where is the rampant poverty in the United Kingdom?
“Oh, there are many Christians in those countries,” he might respond, telling us how many prayerful and charitable people live in the US, France and UK.
OK, well, there are also many devout prayerful Christians in Haiti, as well.