Naturally, people were furious. Blog posts were written, media outlets chattered, and people called for an apology.
This is what they received. (No link, it is at the 700 Club website, if you must. Emphasis mine.)
On today’s The 700 Club, during a segment about the devastation, suffering and humanitarian effort that is needed in Haiti, Dr. Robertson also spoke about Haiti’s history. His comments were based on the widely-discussed 1791 slave rebellion led by Boukman Dutty at Bois Caiman, where the slaves allegedly made a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over the French. This history, combined with the horrible state of the country, has led countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed. Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God’s wrath. If you watch the entire video segment, Dr. Robertson’s compassion for the people of Haiti is clear. He called for prayer for them. His humanitarian arm has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti over the last year, and they are currently launching a major relief and recovery effort to help the victims of this disaster. They have sent a shipment of millions of dollars worth of medications that is now in Haiti, and their disaster team leaders are expected to arrive tomorrow and begin operations to ease the suffering.Nice, eh? "Scholars and religious leaders" agree with him, you didn't hear what you thought you heard, you're too stupid to watch the entire thing, and he called for prayer so he's really a great guy. Also, fuck you.
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They couldn't even muster a "we are sorry if anyone was offended by their misinterpretation of Dr. Robertson's words," which still would have been unacceptable.
I'm continually amazed that anyone can consider Pat Robertson a man of compassion and love.
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