The Rev. Pat Robertson has offered an overtly judgmental explanation for the earthquake in Haiti. He said that many years ago the island's people swore a pact with the the devil.
"Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it," the controversial televangelist said Wednesday on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
"They were under the heel of the French ... and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you'll get us free from the French.' True story. And so the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' They kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got themselves free. Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other."
Robertson went on to note that though Haiti shares the same island with the Dominican Republic, it remains desperately poor while its neighbor is "prosperous, healthy and full of resorts."
"[Haitians] need to have a great turning to God, and out of this tragedy, I'm optimistic something good may come," Robertson said.
Hey Pat, have you read the story of the tower at Siloam, that Christ speaks of in Luke? "Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay; but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." Luke 13:4-5.
Here's another scripture for you to ponder the next time you're being powdered for the camera in your Armani suit and Gucci leather shoes. "Judge not, that ye be not judged, For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged." Matthew 7:1.