While my take on religion is one of scepticism, the important thing is I find it hard to reconcile or indeed find parallels between faith and organized religion, granted I have a streak of indocility running through me but some pronunciations by some of the most revered religious leaders is a complete travesty to the tenets of most of the major world religions.
In the wake of the Haiti disaster in which tens of thousands of poor souls have been lost, buried alive in heaps of concrete and steel, Mr Pat Robertson of the 700 Club had a dismaying explanation for this natural calamity:
“It may be a blessing in disguise. … Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. Haitians were originally 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 will get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it’s a deal. Ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”
The disturbing remarks were made on the TV program 700 Club, a program with ostentatious sets not unlike those of most TV evangelists, the agenda, ironically, was to raise funds for Haiti. He deliberately failed to tell his viewers that the reason for the rebellion against the French rule some 200 years ago was because of slavery and that Haiti became the first free black republic.
Personally as a Christian, albeit a fringe one, I find the said ‘pact’ remark both absurd and deeply offending, especially there being a subtle racial undertone in which the actions of a group of black slaves fighting successfully to break the yoke of enslavement are equated to making a pact with the devil. Pray, how and where would a whole country meet or communicate and somehow unanimously agree to have such a pact to begin with?
Keep in mind this is the same man, who in the aftermath September 11th attack in New York, blamed the ACLU, abortionists, pagans, feminists, homosexuals, and People for the American Way for pissing off God and allowing the terrorists attack to happen.
So is there someone out there who is actually listening to agreeing with this ‘pact with the devil’ slavery supporting hogwash?
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Some of the controversies Robertson has been involved in include:
- Blood Diamonds (Source: Wikipedia)
According to a 2 June 1999, article in The Virginian-Pilot, Robertson had extensive business dealings with Liberian president Charles Taylor. According to the article, Taylor gave Robertson the rights to mine for diamonds in Liberia’s mineral-rich countryside. According to two Operation Blessing pilots who reported this incident to the state of Virginia for investigation in 1994, Robertson used his Operation Blessing planes to haul diamond-mining equipment to Robertson’s mines in Liberia, despite the fact that Robertson was telling his 700 Club viewers that the planes were sending relief supplies to the victims of the genocide in Rwanda. In response to Taylor’s alleged crimes against humanity the United States Congress passed a bill In November 2003 that offered two million dollars for his capture. Robertson accused President Bush of “undermining a Christian, Baptist president to bring in Muslim rebels to take over the country.” At the time Taylor was harboring Al Qaeda operatives who were funding their operations through the illegal diamond trade
- Seemingly advocating for assassination of Chavez
“You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war … We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.” –Pat Robertson, calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
- Misrepresenting equal rights movement
The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” –Pat Robertson
- Referring to Islam as a political movement bent on world domination
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have to recognize that Islam is not a religion. It is a worldwide political movement meant on domination of the world. And it is meant to subjugate all people under Islamic law.” He characterized the American Muslim community as “Islam light” and went on to say Muslims “want to take over and we want to impose Sharia on you. And before long, ladies are going to be dressed in burqas and whatever garments they would put on them, and next thing you know, men are going to be allowed to have wife-beating and you’ll be beheading adulterers and so on and so forth.”