But who else has responded to Robertson's claims that Haitians made a pact with Satan to drive the French from their country in 1791? After the Christian Broadcasting Network edited the clip from that particular show and attempted to justify Robertson's comments "in a historical context," both God and the Devil put out statements - with both sides disavowing the rightwing nutjob.
I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks people when they are down, so I'm all over that action. But when you say that Haiti has made a pact with me, it is totally humiliating. I may be evil incarnate, but I'm no welcher. The way you put it, making a deal with me leaves folks desperate and impoverished.
Sure, in the afterlife, but when I strike bargains with people, they first get something here on earth -- glamour, beauty, talent, wealth, fame, glory, a golden fiddle. Those Haitians have nothing, and I mean nothing. And that was before the earthquake. Haven't you seen "Crossroads"? Or "Damn Yankees"? If I had a thing going with Haiti, there'd be lots of banks, skyscrapers, SUVs, exclusive night clubs, Botox -- that kind of thing. An 80 percent poverty rate is so not my style. Nothing against it -- I'm just saying: Not how I roll.
You're doing great work, Pat, and I don't want to clip your wings -- just, come on, you're making me look bad. And not the good kind of bad. Keep blaming God. That's working. But leave me out of it, please. Or we may need to renegotiate your own contract.
"I pray that his TV show would just go away, but of course, when you're me there's no one to pray to," God said, to the laughter of the packed room of reporters.
While God held out no hope that Rev. Robertson's "700 Club" would be cancelled [sic] any time soon, He did say, somewhat ruefully, "If Pat Robertson were on NBC he'd be replaced by Jay Leno by now."
No word yet on whether or not Conan O'Brian is interested in joining CBN - a network that will stand behind their money-making stars no matter what. According to CBN, Robertson is a kindly old man making a valid point who's just been misunderstood. (Although I hear that privately the network asked Robertson to stick with "Hurricanes are God's wrath for gay pride" mantra.)
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.
Westboro Baptist Church of "God Hates Fags" fame, however, has put out a statement complaining that Robertson is edging into their time slot territory and will "seriously damage" what they "consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting."