Pat Robertson spoke out today about the Haitian earthquake. Plus two points from Pat and CBN for raising money for the people who have been hit by the tragedy. Minus I am not sure how many points for Pat Robertson saying that Haiti has been bit with this tragedy because of a 200 year old pact with the devil, which they supposedly made when slaves rose up to free themselves from French rule and cruel slavery.
The pact with the devil supposedly occurred in 1791, and followed 13 years of bloody revolution. At the end of the revolution the Haitians actually sent French soldiers who came to enforce slavery back their commanders instead of killing them in a historically noble act. For a fuller discussion of this supposed history follow this link to a Haitian minister's response to the supposed pact.
I have spent quite a few years busting nyths about the Neo-Pagan community here in Salem, MA and around the world. My reason for doing so is because I believe that in order to fully express God's love to people we must be speakers of truth - not just about God, but as importantly truth about them. If we believe lies about people, and people groups we become unwitting slanderers, and ruin our own reputation along with other people's reputations.
So, in this instance please give to help Haiti, but do not automatically be convinced of this "pact with Satan" story without fuller historical evidence. Shame on those leaders who tell these stories without having the evidence.
To give I suggest the Salvation Army. It is one of the biggest "bang for your buck" emergency relief providers around, and have my deepest respect. They are usually first in - last out, often before the Red Cross.
For more see my article at The Examiner