Was the Earthquake Haiti's Punishment from God? Persuasive Essay

Was the Earthquake Haiti's Punishment from God?
A personal response to controversial remarks made by Pat Robertson over the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
# 153304 | 1,122 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2012 | US

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The paper discusses how Pat Robertson, a Christian televangelist, blamed Haiti for the 2010 earthquake, by stating that the earthquake occurred because Haitian voodoo priests promised the devil Haiti for two hundred years if the devil helped them gain independence from France. The author argues that someone cannot make such an outrageous statement without making sure all of his or her facts are correct, especially if one of the so-called facts is a myth that circulated on the Internet. The author finds it appalling that Robertson not only made this statement days after Haiti suffered this earthquake but he said it even as a phone number for disaster relief was on his screen.

From the Paper:

"In January of 2010, an earthquake of a magnitude of 7.0 devastated the people of Haiti, causing more turmoil and destruction for the already poverty-stricken country. Christian televangelist Pat Robertson stated on The 700 Club, that the Haitians themselves were the reason for the earthquake. He stated, "And they [the Haitians] got together and swore a pact to the devil. . . . You know, the Haitians revolted and they got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other. Desperately poor." Robertson believed that the country is only devastated by this tragedy due to their pact to the devil. The pact that Robertson was referring to is a theory that was posted on numerous websites. According to the theories, "Haitian voodoo priests [sacrificed] a pig and [drank] its blood in 1791 in order to secure Satan's aid in expelling the French occupation. In return, the priests are said to have promised Haiti to Satan for the next 200 years." Robertson then compares Haiti to the Dominican Republic; both of which share the same island.1 Robertson describes the Dominican Republic as "prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, et cetera" while "Haiti is in desperate poverty." However, the Christian televangelist has blamed the victim several times before this.1Robertson received reactions from both his supporters and critics who were both stunned by his remarks."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Frank James, "Pat Robertson Blames Haitian Devil Pact For Earthquake : The Two-Way : NPR." NPR . http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/01/pat_robertson_blames_haitian_d.html (accessed February 10, 2012).
  • Dan Fletcher, "Why Is Pat Robertson Blaming Haiti? - The Haiti Earthquake - TIME." TIME.com. http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1953379_1953494_1953674,00.html (accessed February 13, 2012).
  • Miguel A. De La Torre and Albert Hernandez,The Quest for the Historical Satan. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011.
  • Rey, Terry. "The Politics of Patron Sainthood in Haiti: 500 Years of Iconic Struggle." The Catholic Historical Review 88, no. 3 (2002): 519-545. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25026206 (accessed February 13, 2012).
  • Gen 2: 21-23 (New American Bible)

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