Pat Robertson: Haitians Were Punished By God for “Pact With the Devil”

Rev. Pat Robertson often attributes horrific events to God’s wrath as when he explained that the 9-11 attacks and the Katrina disaster were punishments for our sins. Now, Robertson has proclaimed that the earthquake in Haiti was sent by God to punish Haitians for a “pact with the Devil” made to overthrow the French.

Robertson favors that Old Testament God filled with anger and wrathful impulses. On this occasion, in Robertson’s mind, God wanted to kill over 100,000 people because of something that some of their ancestors allegedly did. Makes perfect sense. Here is what the good Reverend said “happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it”:

You know, Christie, something happened a long time ago in Haiti. And the people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the third or whatever, and they got together and swore a pact to the Devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you 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 another — desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle. On the one side is Haiti on the other is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. They need to have, and we need to pray for them, a great turning to God, that out of this tragedy, I’m optimistic something good may come, but right now we’re helping the suffering people — and the suffering is unimaginable.

He may be taking Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s reference to “Biblical damage” a bit too literally. However, President Obama seem to be offering a rebuttal by promising the Haitians that they “will not be forsaken.”

Native Haitians defeated French colonists in 1804 and declared independence. If only they had stayed virtual slaves under French rule, God would have been pleased and they would have been earthquake free.

This is line in with Robertson’s prior explanations of God’s wrath in terms of killing people in New Orleans and New York as God’s way of “vomiting” us out:

My only question is why we want to spend eternity with God if he is this horrible being filled with rage and wrath who speaks to guys like Pat Robertson? Isn’t God supposed to be better than us? Even my four-year-old does not hope that her classmates are wiped out in earthquakes when she is mad at them. If this were true, God would be in serious need for intense therapy over his anger issues and violent disposition. It is a bit hard to imagine Jesus saying “serve’s em right, Pop, for that stuff that their ancestors did over two hundred years ago.”

By the way, I missed that history lesson about how all of the Haitians swore a pact with the Devil. There are sacrificial and voodoo practices certainly on that island, but I was unaware that the whole revolution was one big Satanic movement.

There is no such “true story” about a nationwide pact with the devil. There were various revolutions by people like Padrejean in 1676 and François Mackandal in 1757. Robertson seems to be referring to Dutty Boukman who helped led the uprising in August 1791. He was a houngan, or Haitian priest, who held a traditional ceremony in which a pig (symbolizing the power of nature) was sacrificed and an oath administered to the fighters to be fearless in battle. However, accounts of his words notably omit Robertson’s alleged pact:

h! Eh! Bomba! Heu! Heu!
Canga, bafio té!
Canga, mouné de lé!
Canga, do ki la!
Canga, do ki la!
Canga, li!

We swear to destroy the whites
and all they possess.
Let us die rather than fail
to keep this vow.

Indeed accounts have him referring to God not Satan for some old-fashioned wrathful justice (which would seem to appeal to Robertson:

“The god who created the sun which gives us light, who rouses the waves and rules the storm, though hidden in the clouds, he watches us. He sees all that the white man does. The god of the white man inspires him with crime, but our god calls upon us to do good works. Our god who is good to us orders us to revenge our wrongs. He will direct our arms and aid us. Throw away the symbol of the god of the whites who has so often caused us to weep, and listen to the voice of liberty, which speaks in the hearts of us all.”

For more on this oath, click here.

Of course, even if there was a pact with the Devil, God can really keep a grudge. Over two hundred years later, he kills over one hundred thousand people to teach their long-dead ancestors a lesson. I find that hard to believe, though I am warming to the idea of God sending Pat Robertson to punish us for our sins.

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383 thoughts on “Pat Robertson: Haitians Were Punished By God for “Pact With the Devil””

  1. “How on earth would you get in touch with Satan anyway?”

    I’m pretty sure he has an office on Wall Street. Don’t worry if you can’t locate him. When you are old enough to vote, he’ll come calling.

  2. This is OUTRAGEOUS. I really do not understand how this man is able to say this. That’s the trouble with “freedom of speech”. I find it horrible that this man is saying that a poor nation suffering from poverty and dept are being punished by God for making “a pact with Satan”. How on earth would you get in touch with Satan anyway? Do people actualy believe in these kind of things? If people do, i would appreciate if they could explain to me why if we have such a merciful loving God that he would do such a thing – and after such a long time. As if they hadnt suffered enough.

    I am 15 years old but able to distinguish a load of Sh** when I see it. I do not believe in God, but because I have many reasons why.Although I do try very hard to study and understand the mind of a “believer”.


  3. I believe in freedom of speech, it should be respected. I seen the interview with Pat Robertson. Everyone has an opinion. I felt a connection between Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti. That was the way I felt.

    What seem to be somewhat scary to me was, the way those women on the View attacked him. They were so vicious and wicked sounding. They acted like a lynch mob. Watch the two shows.

    They hee hee and haw haw saying, Pat knows what the Devil think.
    No hee hee and haw haw when Elizabeth claim to reads Obama’s mind? saying Obama rebute Pat’s statements,

  4. Byron:

    “I really want to know why you are hung up on Mespo’s redaction when in reality the context must be taken in a much larger scope than even your 1 or 2 verses?”


    Because, my good friend, when you have blinders on you can have the luxury to see only what you wish to see.

    “You cannot wake a man who is pretending to be asleep.
    ~ Navajo proverb

  5. If you have an actual question that is new, pose it.

    Asking me about Mespo however is just more juvenile trollish nonsense trying to start an argument.

    If you have an actual question, then ask it.

    If you want to stir up more trouble, go find someone else.

  6. Byron if you go to the link Mespo provided you’ll see I carefully and painstakingly spelled out very articulate and detailed answers for the same questions you’re asking now.

    I refer you to the link. I don’t think I need to jump every time one of you repeat the same inane, mundane questions that have already been asked and answered several times over.

  7. Mark 7:15 “There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.”

    30%er he is talking about you.

    I really want to know why you are hung up on Mespo’s redaction when in reality the context must be taken in a much larger scope than even your 1 or 2 verses?

  8. Until you can summon the courage to explain why you dishonestly presented a scripture that you edited to make it fit your argument I’ll not expect to hear further from you.

    Last week I answered each and every one of your barrage of questions as detailed and carefully as I could.

    Once I did answer your questions, one by one, you returned and dismissed me as a “bobber and weaver”, never bothering to address even one single answer I provided you with.

    And yet you still continue to prod me with your dishonest and misleading questions in your attempts to smear the faith of others. And I have even answered still, and instead of addressing my answers, you keep pushing new questions, forever moving the goal posts as if I were being interrogated or something.

    So until you can summon the intellectual integrity to explain your actions in editing a scripture to change its meaning to fit your argument, I see no further purpose in your asking me questions or my answering them.

  9. Thirty how is it that you just started posting here and you call everyone a troll that does not agree with you. Although Mespo and I have rarely, if ever, agreed on anything, he is not a troll.
    Save that distinction for me.

  10. 305er (or less),

    Moses had brought forth the commandments of God. Moses was preaching the commandments of God. Isn’t Jesus part of the trinity that makes up the one God of the Christian faith?

  11. “Good retort. Let me know when you come up with something substantive to say. I can wait. Like most skeptics, we’ve been waiting for 2000 years.” -mespo727272

    Just pointing out that not everyone agrees with your distortions of the facts.


    Are you going to explain why you removed that first half of the scripture, or should we just assume that you’re too ashamed of being caught at being dishonest?

  12. Once more so the smug mocking of myself between Mespo and a already identified troll calling himself “duh”, lets revisit Mespo’s original misquotation.

    “Jesus also wasn’t too fond of disrespectful brats either:

    “Whoever curses father or mother shall die” (Mark 7:10 NAB) – Mespo

    Seems like he’s found a good scripture to support his attacks on the Christian faith, right?


    Here is the actual scripture.

    — Mark 7:10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: ”

    So we see that he actually EDITED the scripture.

    Removing a key part that made it clear Jesus was simply quoting Moses and not issuing a clear directive as Mespo tried to suggest.

    He removed a key part of the verse to make it fit his argument.


    Why did you do that?

  13. 30%’er:

    “Looks like not everyone is fooled by your trolling mespo.”


    Good retort. Let me know when you come up with something substantive to say. I can wait. Like most skeptics, we’ve been waiting for 2000 years.

  14. Here. Here’s a quote from the thread you referenced.

    “Mike Spindell 1, January 15, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I’ve followed your counter punching through the entire thread with fascination. To me you win with a TKO. I’m especially impressed by your sourcing of the Gospels as the word of Jesus. Many don’t get that distinction”

    Looks like not everyone is fooled by your trolling mespo.

  15. B:

    “THAT Humpty Dumpty, he would make a good politician.”


    Well, he looks like Karl Rove, so maybe.

  16. 30%:

    By the way, I meant to comment on this “newer translation” subterfuge you floated. It seems to me that the unerring revealed word of the omniscient Creator should have some agreed-upon translation – the penalty for disobedience being what it is and all. Especially given that hundreds were burned at the stake for disobeying the old version. Why don’t you Christians simply sit down and figure it out according to your own multitude of interpretations and then just let us know. The cacophony should be entertaining. Obviously, only one is right, or maybe, they’re all correct even those pesky diametrically opposed interpretations. Ooops, you tried that already and couldn’t work that little tribute to ecumenism out either. Gosh, what’s a skeptic to do? Maybe I’ll just adopt your cafeteria-style version. Call me an “Alice in Wonderland# Orthodox Christian”!

    #Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
    “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
    (Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 5)

    “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

    “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

    “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – – that’s all.”
    (Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 6)

    Which is to be the master, indeed?

  17. B:

    Amen to that.


    I think Jesus did say, “Life – nobody gets out alive (except me, of course).”


    Why over-feed the troll? He’ll just die — eventually.

  18. Thats where professional help can help you. Did it work the last time?

    It did, thank god for that!!!

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