Pat Robertson's Network Explains Haiti Comments

He was just repeating what 'countless scholars' have said
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2010 4:16 PM CST

(Newser) – The Christian Broadcast Network suggests Pat Robertson is being unfairly vilified after his comments that Haiti is "cursed" because islanders made a pact with Satan. He "never stated that the earthquake was God's wrath," says a CBN statement. He merely repeated what "countless scholars and religious figures" have stated over the years—that slaves "cursed" the country by making a "famous pact" with the devil during their 1791 uprising.

"If you watch the entire video segment, Dr. Robertson’s compassion for the people of Haiti is clear," says the statement. "He called for prayer for them. His humanitarian arm has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti over the last year, and they are currently launching a major relief and recovery effort to help the victims of this disaster."

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