Friday, Sep. 16, 2011

The Haitian Curse

Pat Robertson's comments in the aftermath of Jan. 12's massive earthquake near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince might be his most questionable yet. In a Jan. 13 appearance on The 700 Club, Robertson used a shaky bit of history to imply that the quake was divine retribution for Haitian voodoo doctors enlisting the help of Satan to free their country from the French some 200 years ago. A statement put out later by a Robertson rep attempted to clarify that the reverend had merely meant to speculate on why the impoverished country has long been cursed — not that there was any particular impetus from above for this latest misfortune. Some consolation.