It would seem that in every catastrophe some idiot emerges whose stupidity seems beyond comprehension. Our idiot du jour is Pat Robertson, the evangelical Christian who once suggested God was punishing Americans with Hurricane Katrina. Haiti’s devastating earthquake, according to Robertson, was the result of a “pact to the devil,” the consequence of something that “happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it.”
It would seem that Robertson’s legendary cluelessness has gone into overdrive, as he explained during today’s 700 Club broadcast that the Haitians “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.’ ”
Native Haitians defeated French colonists in 1804 and declared independence.
“You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”
Well, what could one say when confronted with such ignorance? Is he alluding in some dark saturnalistic way to Vodou? The ceremony at Bois Caïman? Perhaps not, since he seems to think that Napoleon III was alive in 1804. And what about the “native Haitians”? Could someone please explain to the fool the history of Caribbean slavery?
And let’s not talk about what he doesn’t know about how earthquakes happen. The only plates he knows about seem to be the ones I am tempted to break on his head.
It’s enough to want to make a pact with the devil . . .
And, as is that weren’t stupid enough, you can watch him calling the tragedy “a blessing in disguise.” As Rita Hayworth famously said in Gilda… “Let’s hate him!”