Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haitian ambassador gives Pat Robertson US history lesson

It's difficult to say if the stupid comment Pat Robertson made about Haiti today was, in fact, the dumbest of the many stupid remarks Robertson has uttered in his long career.  But surely Haiti's response to the American televangelist was the finest of replies.   Raymond Joseph, the Haitian Ambassador to the United States, gave Pat Robertson an American history lesson.

PAT ROBERTSON, AMERICAN EVANGELIST:  “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. . . .  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’.  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.” (Christian Broadcasting Network)

RAYMOND JOSEPH, HAITIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES: "I would like the whole world to know - America especially - that (after) the independence of Haiti, when the slaves rose up against the French, and defeated the French army, powerful army, the U.S. was able to gain the Louisiana Territory for $15 million.  That's three cents an acre. That's thirteen states west of the Mississippi that the Haitian slaves revolt in Haiti provided America. Also, the revolt of the rebels in Haiti allowed Latin America to be free. It is from Haiti that Simon Bolivar left with men, boats, to go deliver grand Colombia and the rest of South America. So, that pact the Haitians 'made with the devil' has helped the U.S. become what it is."  (MSNBC)

The map (via Wikipedia) shows the dates when countries in the Americas gained independence.  Only two countries are colored navy blue:   United States and Haiti.  Haiti is "the second oldest nation in the New World after the United States and the oldest independent nation in Latin America."  

Unfortunately, independence did not prevent more powerful countries from taking advantage of Haiti.

Donating to the relief effort

MSF (Doctors Without Borders), recipient of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize, is certainly one of the most experienced international organizations on the ground in Haiti. According to Wikipedia, MSF had been "offering the only free surgery available in Port-au-Prince."  Additionally, MSF "rebuild water and waste management systems and treated survivors of major flooding caused by Hurricane Jeanne; and treated patients with HIV/AIDS and malaria. . ."   Prior to the earthquake MSF had been operating 3 hospitals with a staff of 800.  


  1. Well it doesn't matter what the Hatians did for America they still made a deal with the devil, God is not a God that just brings calamaty unto a nation for no reason. The bible clearly tells us if my people who are called by name humble themselves and turn from their wicked ways, then I will heal their land. There is God and He is alive and well.

  2. Lets pray for preacher Pat Robertson So that he can come out from such mind.

    We must pray for Haitian So that they over such a massive disaster.

  3. CB,

    Well it doesn't matter what the Hatians did for America they still made a deal with the devil...

    See my next post, "The real devil in Haitian history."

  4. Was Pat Robinson right or wrong? True facts from a Haitian pastor!

    First, he was historically inaccurate, second, he was theologically shameful, and thirdly his statement was contextually and purposefully misleading. Allow me to explain further and provide facts that support my statement.

    First, his historical inaccuracy began when he claimed that the revolution happened under Napoleon the Third. By the time Napoleon the Third came to power Haiti was independent for 48 years. The Haitian revolution concluded under the government of Napoleon the First of France in January 1st 1804, which is the date of our independence.

    Second, the ceremony he's referring to as a pact with the devil was a re-dedication of self to the revolution led by a Jamaican maroon named Dutty Boukman, a Voodoo priest. He came to Haiti to inspire the leaders of the Haitian revolution. In that ceremony they made a pact amongst each other to fight to the death, and the inspiration he gave them was, "If we win we'll be free forever, and if we die in the fighting we'll go back to the Motherland (Africa)." There was no hidden meaning to that meeting except a commitment to the fight, even to the death. By saying that it was a pact to the devil Pat Robinson automatically inferred that God is weaker than the Devil because the Haitians won the revolution against the Defenders of the Christian Faith: the French.

    Finally, by saying that the Haitian people are paying for this so called "pact with the Devil", Pat Robinson is actually proclaiming that the blood of Christ has no power in the face of a so-called Devil pact (See Romans 8:35-39 and Ephesians 2:13-22). For his information: in the middle of the earthquake, in the face of danger and death, the Haitian people were praising the true God; obviously not the powerless God that Pat Robinson believes in.

    -Rev. JR Lallemand


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