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Pat Robertson Haiti Quotes Reminder Of Past Ones

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The Pat Robertson Haiti quotes continue to resonate, days after he first made them. One of the reasons they continue to do so, is not just how inappropriate they may seem, but also because they are just the latest in a long-running series of such SNAFU's by the famed televangelist from the "700 Club."

The Pat Robertson Haiti quote, said the Wednesday "700 Club" broadcast, just one day after the earthquake, was quite inflammatory. You can watch iton video here. He said:

"They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you'll get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal."

If you look at the demographics of Haiti, you will see that 80 percent of them classify themselves as Roman Catholics or Christians. This would seem to belie the Pat Robertson Haiti Quotes.

The Pat Robertson Haiti quotes are not the first inflammatory and controversial quotes, many of which would, when thought about, be very hurtful to others. For example, in 1993, in an interview with Molly Ivins, he said: "Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians." I believe Holocaust survivors might take affront with that.

In a fundraising letter in 1992, Pat Robertson addressed feminism and equal rights for women. He said; "The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians." He followed up that statement on a Dec. 3, 1997 "700 Club" appearance, saying, "NOW is saying that in order to be a woman, you've got to be a lesbian." Of course, the National Organization of Women never said that.

Again on the "700 Club," on Aug. 16, 1998, he equated gay rights with natural disasters, much as Pat Robertson did with his Haiti quotes, equating a supposed pact with the devil with an earthquake. "I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you." He was referring to an Orlando, FL Gay Pride event.

In 2003, he said the following: "Maybe we need a very small nuke thrown off on Foggy Bottom to shake things up." Foggy Bottom is the nickname for the State Department's HQ in Washington, DC. Robertson made the comments during a series of interviews on the "700 Club" with journalist Joel Mowbray, author of the book, "Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Endangers America's Security."

Somewhat problematically, there are even Top 10 lists of outrageous Pat Robertson quotes. The Pat Robertson Haiti Quotes are just the latest in a series. Despite the inflammatory nature of this and older comments, it is true that he has a great deal of influence over many people.

Written by Michael Santo

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