Thursday, January 14, 2010

The truth about Haiti's deal with the devil

Reverend Pat Robertson explained, yesterday, how Haiti was in such bad straits these days because its founders made a pact with the devil. This is what passes for Christianity in America these days. Of course, not all Christians believe such drivel, even in the U.S.. There are compassionate and erudite Christian believers such as Dr. Cornel West, who espouses a quite reasonable and moderate Christian message. But Rev. Robertson is from the extreme rightwing of the Evangelical movement in America. Given recent events, I thought I would tackle this assertion that Haiti is poor and destitute because of its pact with the devil head on. So, first of all, is it true? Robertson offered no proof for his assertion, so I looked it up.

Just to see exactly what we are talking about, here is another version of this "historical fact" making the rounds in Evangelical circles:
It is a matter of well-documented historical fact that the nation of Haiti
was dedicated to Satan 200 years ago. On August 14, 1791, a group of houngans
(voodoo priests), led by a former slave houngan named Boukman, made a pact with the Devil at a place called Bois-Caiman. All present vowed to exterminate all of the white Frenchmen on the island. They sacrificed a black pig in a voodoo ritual at which hundreds of slaves drank the pig's blood. In this ritual, Boukman asked Satan
for his help in liberating Haiti from the French. In exchange, the voodoo
priests offered to give the country to Satan for 200 years and swore to serve
him. On January 1, 1804, the nation of Haiti was born and thus began a new
demonic tyranny.

But is it "a matter of well documented fact?" Here is the report of a Dr. Gelin, a Haitian scientist and minister, who researched this question because, as he notes, "the idea that Haiti was dedicated to Satan prior to its independence is a very serious and profound statement with potentially grave consequences for its people in terms of how they are perceived by others or how the whole nation is understood outside its borders." I appreciate that his concern is the consequences for Haiti in terms of its image abroad and not the "spiritual" ramifications of the curse itself, because that is quite a reasonable concern. You can read his whole article, but, in short, he found no historical proof for it. Furthermore, as a believing Christian he joined a group who decided to go to the fabled spot of this Satanic dedication and undo any curses that might have been activated, just in case. So, why didn't Robertson know this? Why was he not informed by God that the cursed had been lifted? Must have his wires crossed.

I have searched through several sources of Haitian history and found no proof of this pact with the devil. It was not the devil who set the slaves in Haiti free from their tyrannical French masters, it was some damned fine guerrilla fighting on the part of the Haitians themselves. In fact, in an era of increasing worldwide dominance by European military forces, the former slaves assembled a very effective military that repulsed three different European invasions (British, French, and Spanish.) The nation's troubles since then are due to a number of different factors, from American and European meddling to an acute lack of education, skills, and resources, all historically documented, and none attributable to Satan.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like the truth is, no one knows for sure. But that Robertson guy sounds like a nutcase. You americans have some weird preachers.

Anonymous said...

I just want to say,, to the person who wrote this aritcle, I am not siding with either... i am remaining open minded,, but your last part of the article is stupid... you claim satan had nothing to do with free haitis slaves, it was down to gureilla etc etc.... but when you make a pact with the devil,, the devil doesnt come out like a magical being and set people free himself.. he will influence others to do so.....

So if you look at the situation.. Haiti supposedly made a pact,, and then supposedly they were freed..... Satan, god, weather you believe or not.. doesnt come down from the heavens, or from hell and do things themselves... they can get others to do it for them.... in the bible for example.. God was to protect the king because he was a believer.. and the king randomly shot one arrow into the air at the oposing army... and the arrow hit and killed the leader.... and they won the war... it was not skill... but influenced and allowed to happen by God.. and the same logic is used when we talk about satan.. satan is hidden but he controls the world we live in, bu influencing everything..... especially the minds of people and the way we think..... but people who go directly to him and make pacts with him and worship him... will get their deal on earth but will pay eventually when the deal is up and for eternity in hell............... another thing to think about is... even in the bible satan tried to temp jesus by giving him power over the WHOLE WORLD.. which satan has power,, in return that Jesus worshiped him and turned from God.. in the bible.... it clearly tells us this as temptation, noone thinks of it as a DEAL WITH THE DEVIL... simply that was a test of temptation on JESUS..... but if you look throughtout history people sacrafice animals to satan even children for DEALS....... most of the time, just for a bit of rain for the crops in countries that lack rain... such as africa.... so these people live in a vicious circle of selling their souls just for a bit of rain.... Africa is also a mess........... AMERICA, UK christian countries in the past.... most powerful countries in the world.... ISRAEL... christian country most beloeved land of GOD,,, NEVER LOST A SINGLE WAR... even when it is so small and the surrounding countries are ALL MUSLIM.....

so weather you believe in GOD , SATAN OR NOT... look at these facts.... for sure a hell lot of things link and are too much to be coincidence...