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January 14th, 2010

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01:54 pm - Okay, I should have seen that coming.
Here I was thinking that Pat Robertson couldn't possibly become any more despicable. But the man's full of surprises:
On his show “700 Club” – put out on the Christian Broadcasting Network – American TV Evangelist Pat Robinson suggested Haiti’s earthquake might be the result of a pact with the Devil…

The Times
Edit: "It never ceases to amaze, that in times of amazing human suffering, somebody says something that could be so utterly stupid"
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, quoted by AFP

Edit 2: On the other hand, ++Oliver Kamm, who calls PR "the vapid, fatuous, shameless Robertson".

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Date:January 14th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Some people just need to be smacked. But, sadly, people who normally need to be smacked don't actually shape up from the smacking.
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Date:January 14th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
My favorite thing about this particular bit of Robertson's bigoted hate-dribbling (as I noted in another LJ where this came up yesterday) is the half-assed ignorance he displays of the very historical context he's hanging his thesis on in the first place. His theory appears to be that the Haitian slaves made a deal with the Devil to help them win the revolution of 1791-1804... which he thinks was fought to throw off the imperial heel of Napoleon III.

Who was born in 1808.

I would have thought that even a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon who went on to become a televangelist would have been able to figure out for himself why that wouldn't work, but then I am constantly being shown the various ways in which I am being too optimistic about my fellow men. (Admittedly, he did hedge his bets, in a witless teenage sort of way, by making his reference to "Napoleon III or whatever." Which really doesn't make it any better, does it?)
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Date:January 16th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)

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