Our Special Forces Should Take Him Out

14 01 2010

No one’s ever looked at Pat Robertson and thought there’s a wise man but sometimes his stupidity is enough to warrant more than just an acknowledgement of its existence.  The earthquake in Haiti is a prime example.  His announcement of the earthquake being the result of a one hundred year old pact with the devil is cruel at best.  To quote him:

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 III and 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, “OK, 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. Desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle. On the one side is Haiti; on the other side is the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, et cetera. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. They need to have and we need to pray for them a great turning to God.

How any person can claim to love God, be a Christian and be an agent for the greater good and yet still utter such words as Pat Robertson is beyond me. I believe it’s beyond comprehension.  But I am trying to have an open mind to this whole concept of a pact, and thus, began researching it.

Dr. Jean Gelin, a Haitian born minister offers a synopsis of the pact on his site:

The satanic pact allegedly took place at Bois-Caïman near Cap-Haïtien on August 14, 1791 during a meeting organized by several slave leaders, under [Dutty] Boukman’s leadership, before launching what would become Haiti’s Independence War. This brutal period lasted 13 years until the last survivors of the French expeditionary forces, dispatched to Saint-Domingue with the sole purpose to re-establish slavery, were allowed by Dessalines to leave the island and return to Napoleon. Those who made it safely to France wrote and reported about the utmost bravery and supreme courage of Haiti’s indigenous army.1

In short, the Haitian people held a supposed voodoo ritual before going into battle and as a result, were successful in gaining their independence.  However, the first issue is that it wasn’t a miracle battle fought for a day, week, month, year.  It was over a decade of continual battling to achieve their freedom.

The voodoo ritual is said to have occurred at Bois-Caïman, but there is no such place any longer on a map, if it ever existed at all.  The locals attribute several locations to being the ceremonial grounds, much like how in the colonial states you can always find a place that George Washington slept.  Morne Rouge, Morne Choiseul, Acul Parish, Cap Francais, Plaine du Norde, Petite Anse, Saint-Domingue, Haut du Cap, basically any place with a two headed palm tree has a fairly good shot at being considered the ritual location.  The name Bois-Caïman is to mean Alligator Woods, so based on that, some researchers have kicked out a few candidates for the ritual as they aren’t condusive to alligators – such as Petite Anse and Cap Francais.2 Ultimately though, the argument of location doesn’t really impact the argument of the likelihood of the ritual.  I mean, I know I was conceived, but the location of conception is unknown to me, but it doesn’t make my existence any less real.

So the better view would be looking at the ritual itself.  From a Christian mindset a voodoo ritual would likely seem to be sinister and satanical, but a better look would indicate it is merely an act of their religious beliefs.  For centuries our ancestors across the globe had seemingly odd beliefs about the pleasing of their deities through what would now be considered taboo actions.  The Celtic people believed that by cutting off the heads of others they would gain their knowledge; the Japanese were said to have buried virgins alive at their major building structures to prevent enemy attacks; wealthy Egyptians would have their servants buried alive with them so they would have servants in their next life; Romans would sacrifice opposing leaders to their war god as thanks for victory in battle; even Christian history accounts for sacrificial offerings of Jephthah’s virgin daughter and Jesus Christ himself.  So to assume that a Jamaican woman enslaved in Haiti might have slaughtered a pig or bull or perhaps both, the details are a little fuzzy, while a revolutionary leader incited a riot to motivate his fellow people to go in to battle – how is this any worse the rest of the ancestors around the world and how does this damn a country for eternity?

I don’t think the question should be whether or not we know where the political rally / ritual took place or if it even did, but ultimately whether or not the Christian god would look on the current people of Haiti as damned for the sins of their ancestors.

I’m not overtly religious and I find failure in the bible.  I don’t doubt that at some point people felt the power of a higher being working in them and perhaps even speaking to them, albeit I doubt that any deities are picking the likes of Falwell to share the truth of Tinky Winky’s sexuality or such.  But the fact I do believe is that the bible underwent hundreds of years of editing at the hands of the territorial leaders prior to Gutenberg.  And even since his publication work, there have been significant changes and reworks.  Yet, if we want to use the good book as an argument base and view it as factual, let’s take a look at sins.  In James’ letter he is very clear that all sin is equal: whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point has become guilty of all.3. Thereby, since most all ancient people performed some sort of ritualized killing and un-Christianlike behavior, all of those sins would be equal in the eyes of the Christian god and then all ethnicities of people would have an ancestral sin to answer to.

So then we look to the sins of our forefathers and can they be passed to the generations to come?  According to the bible, no.  The author of Ezekiel states that the son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him. 4

Thus in closing, through the same book of basis for fact that Robertson holds true, the people of Haiti are not held accountable today for the actions of those who lived there before them.  Perhaps, just maybe, the plates create friction as they slide along and that is why we have earthquakes.  But then again, maybe it’s just God’s way of saying here I am!

  1. God, Satan and the Birth of Haiti
  2. Haitian Revolutionary Studies
  3. James 2:10
  4. Ezekiel 18:20



2 responses

9 06 2010
Martin Melanchton

Der Mensch ist ein Schwein, kann man einfach nciht anders sagen


12 06 2010

This brings me to an idea:…

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