The Rev. Pat Robertson, star of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “700 Club” and founder of the Christian Coalition, made a fool of himself again today, saying in front of a live video camera that the Haitian earthquake was the result of the the Haitian people’s historic “pact with the devil.”

Isn’t this the same guy who blamed Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans’ wicked ways and who blamed the 9/11 attackson feminists and homosexuals. Yes, I think it is!

The only thing more appalling than the fact that this crazy bastard is seen as representative of American culture to much of the world is the fact that he is still a mover and a shaker in the Republican Party. IN fact, he finished second in the 1988 Iowa GOP presidential caucuses and he could probably make a good showing today.

Read the full French response to the crazy bastard in Robert Marquard’s Christian Science Monitor story at

It took about five nanoseconds for evangelical Pat Robertson’s video verdict on the causes of the Haiti earthquake to start making the rounds in France.

Mr. Robertson’s theory that Haitian slaves made a “pact with the devil” 200 years ago in order to free themselves from the hated clutches of Napoleon Bonaparte’s regime — resulting in a curse that led to the destruction of much of Port-au-Prince and a massive loss of life in Tuesday’s earthquake — got the usual chuckles of disbelief among local intelligentsia about American culture.

It was bad enough that he said the successful slave revolt came during the reign of “Napoleon III, or whatever” (the Haitian Revolution led by Francois-Dominique Toussaint L’ouverture was in fact completed in 1804 when Napoleon Bonaparte ruled France, 44 years before his nephew Napoleon III came to power). But here in Haiti’s former colonial master, talk about the Robertson “theory” clouds with myth an early if awkward chapter in self-determination: the Haitian slaves are considered the first to collectively and successfully overthrow their colonial masters. In this case, the French….

Quoted Thursday on, UCLA anthropologist Andrew Apter says the notion of a “pact with the devil” as behind the slave victory “is so absurd it is almost funny. This notion of a pact with the devil is basically an echo of an old colonial response to the successes of the 1790s Haitian revolution.”

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