Robertson’s Haiti remarks shocking, insensitive

By Alyssa Davies
February 4, 2010

Shannon Keough

There are so many ways I could describe Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson, but one in mind sticks out the most. A few screws short, perhaps?

The host of “The 700 Club” has recently claimed that the earthquake in Haiti was the result of a contract gone wrong with the devil. It is his belief that they sold their souls in a pact with the devil in order to break free from French rule many years ago.

An earthquake is caused by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the Earth’s surface. These slates of rock, also known as tectonic plates, are constantly moving and bumping into each other, causing an earthquake.

I see little reason to believe that the Haitians sold their souls to any satanic figure, let alone one that can cause a 7.0 shake. This isn’t the first time he’s spoke out with something so extravagant. Robertson has also linked the terrorist attack of 9/11 and natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina with the legalization of abortion in the U.S. The scary thing is, this man actually tried running in the presidential campaign of 1988. Imagine where we would be with a mind like his sitting in the Oval Office.Robertson speaks with his head in the clouds using natural disasters and terrorist attacks to push forward his own strict views. Claiming that a whole nation sold their souls to the devil is too far-fetched for one to even imagine. How dare he spread skepticism about an entire nation which he has probably never set foot on.

We should be focusing on the bigger picture, which is to help this nation pull itself back together. He says that we need to guide these people back to the light, but who is he to say they were ever lost in the first place? These medieval superstitions need to end and we need to accept what has happened and move on.

It is in my opinion that people like Pat Robertson are holding this world back. He lives in a slight state of dementia and its time that someone put his feet back on the ground. If he chooses to believe his obsolete views then that is his business. However, I don’t see the need for him to voice them out over the TV for the entire world to hear.

The earthquake was a natural disaster that caused the death of millions. Families must pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives despite hardship and sorrow. Many people have actually devoted their own time and money in helping the Haitians. They are taking a step out of their own lives and bringing attention to the truth.

It is those people that I respect and those people that I have hope for. They show what human beings are truly capable of and that is love and passion. In my eyes they are true Christians.

While I cannot stop Robertson from spreading his arrogance, I have the utmost hope that people like those I’ve just described will see through the clouds and bring back the sun. It is those people who come together in times of need that will make this world a better place despite those trying to tear it down.

Alyssa Davies

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