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And now, of course, Robertson and his Christian Broadcasting Network can interpret geological events as well. On January 13, just a day after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the reigning televangelist explained why God hates Haitians:
And, you know, Kristi, 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. You know, Napoleon III and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, "We will serve you if you will get us free from the French." True story. And so, the devil said, "OK, it's a deal."
And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.
After the outrage over Robertson's comments CBN censored the online video to remove their boss from the broadcast. Fortunately, Media Matters took the precaution of recording it.
Fundamentalists are ultraconservatives. Their exegesis is very wild. There is too much imagination. I think that they are as irrational and anti-intellectual as tertullian conservatives in St. AugustineÂ´s time.
Apparently official Venezualan TV was claiming that the earthquake was caused by a new American weapon. I don't speak Spanish, so I haven't gone looking for it on the web - a Venezualan friend passed this titbit on.
Ah, it must be true. Googled, and it's reported on Fox News.
Pat Robertson donÂ´t know at all HaitiÂ´s history. The people of Haiti were slaves and they rebel against it. They beat french and british army in they own independence war. This old superpowers revenge it by boicoting Haiti. ThatÂ´s why Haiti is so poor. Slavery is crime against humanity.