They were under the heel of the French, you know Napoleon the third 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 prince.' True story. And so the devil said, 'Ok it’s a deal.' And they kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got something themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another," Pat Robertson.
Considering Napoleon III was born seven years after the Haitian Revolution Mr Robertson alludes to, i struggle to put much faith in what the Evangelist has to say about this matter but i am interested in the reaction of the Religious to horrific events like the Haitian earthquake.
The Archbishop of York John Sentamu said he had "nothing to say to make sense of this horror" but the first reaction of Atheists, is to turn to the religious and say, 'well, explain that then'.
It is quite a contradictory position for us non-believers to take, to deny there is such a person until something like this happens and then when it does, to ask the believers to try and justify their 'loving Gods' actions to us.
My view is there is no God and this was simply a question of shifting plate tectonics, an event that has gone on since the planet was first formed. In that reply we have the answers to how and why based on indisputable geographical evidence so why look for other reasons, especially in an area we gladly dismiss?
God didn't summon it up to punish the Haitians as he didn't summon the Indonesian Tsunami in 2003 because to me, there is no God and as much as we might like to see the religious squirm with our demands to hear them justify his actions, it is hypocrisy to pick the times where we can say it has his fingerprints all over it to shift sides.
Besides, as one person of the Christian persuasion said to me today, he wiped out every living thing on earth with a flood so 100,000 Haitians is small fry.