How 'bout that ole Pat Robertson. It takes temerity to kick an entire nation when it's down, but that's just what the infamous televangelist did during a Christian Broadcasting Network appearance this week, when he suggested that the earthquake that has killed tens of thousands in Haiti is comeuppance for a centuries-old contract between the Haitian people and Satan.
“Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people may not want to talk about it,” Robertson intoned on The 700 Club program. (So tactful!) “They got together and swore a pact with the Devil. They said, 'We will serve you, if you'll get us free from the French.' True story.” (See the video above.) This staggering remark was promptly denounced by Haitians and non-crazy religious folk the world over, and Robertson himself seemed to be backtracking before the day was out.
Nevertheless, this got us thinking: Does California have its own pact with Satan? After all, the state's northern reaches recently suffered a magnitude-6.5 temblor, our budget's in sorry shape, and Robertson hasn't shied away from heaping scorn on the Left Coast's sinful excesses before. Commenting on the state's short-lived legalization of gay marriage in 2008, Robertson compared California to the Biblical metropolis of Sodom, “a city in the ancient days where people were so gross they actually tried to rape angels.”