Questions for Pat Robertson

Mr. Robertson:

Your recent comments on Haiti have got me wondering about a few things. This week, on your television program The 700 Club, you said:

Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the third, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it’s a deal. And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other.

Based on that, I have some questions:

  1. Just to be clear from the start, you’re referring to the slave revolt in 1803 that led to the independence of Saint-Domingue and the freedom of the slaves who lived there, who declared their colony to be the new nation of Haiti, correct? Not the 1825 treaty with France that kept them from retaking the island, the terms of which required Haiti to pay France tens of millions of francs to compensate for their lost profits from their former slaves?
  2. Did the entire nation of Haiti make this pact? Every adult citizen? Or was there a national referendum? Or was it just certain people in positions of power? If so, which ones? Who called the meeting at which it was decided this pact would occur? Were the public made aware of the meeting? Were they invited?
  3. The Bible says that the Lord our God is “a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me.” (Ex 20:5) More than four generations have passed since the slave revolt of 1803. Did later leaders renew the Satanic pact? Again, were the public made aware? Also, the current leaders of Haiti are not biologically descended from the leaders of the slave revolt. Does the promise of God to punish a man’s descendants for his behavior extend to metaphorical descendants?
  4. Have the people who live in Haiti now, who were not alive at the time, been made aware of this pact? Or have their leaders hidden it from them?
  5. When the leader of a country does corrupt things that hurt the citizens of that country, what particular signs should we look for to discern whether the individual leader alone is in league with Satan, or the entire nation?
  6. What if there are fifty good people in that country? Will the Lord not spare them? What if there are ten?
  7. When the United States, which was still at that time a Christian nation, occupied the island for almost 20 years in the early 1900s, why didn’t we undo the pact while we were there? And what can Americans do now that we couldn’t do while we occupied the country?
  8. To what sources can we turn for more information on the Haiti-Satan pact?

I recognize that you are a busy man, and any time you can take out of your schedule to answer these questions would be much appreciated.

Respectfully yours,

An American Christian.


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