Haitian Minister Disputes Robertson's Comments on Haiti
A Christian minister and assistant pastor for a Haitian-American church in the United States, Jean Gelin, Ph.D., disputes comments recently made by the 700 Club's Reverend Pat Robertson on Haiti as "nothing more than a fantasist opinion that ultimately dissipates upon close examination."
Robertson offers a somewhat outlandish explanation for Haiti's ongoing suffering and recent 7.0 Earthquake on his CBN broadcast yesterday. According to Robertson:
"Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it," he said. "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 the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal,'" Robertson said. "Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after another."
Dr. Jean Gelin, in a three-part series entitled, God, Satan, and the Birth of Haiti, explains:
Obviously, the idea that Haiti was dedicated to Satan prior to its independence is a very serious and profound statement with potentially grave consequences for its people in terms of how they are perceived by others or how the whole nation is understood outside its borders. One would agree that such a strong affirmation should be based on solid historical and scriptural ground. But, although the satanic pact idea is by far the most popular explanation for Haiti’s birth as a free nation, especially among Christian missionaries and some Haitian Church leaders, it is nothing more than a fantasist opinion that ultimately dissipates upon close examination.
Robertson's words, which refer to a piece of the Haitian Folklore, in this video.