American televangelist Pat Robertson opened Wednesday’s The 700 Club that the Haiti earthquake happened because the Haitians made a pact with the Devil in order to gain freedom from the French:
“Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. 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.”
Of course he’s not the only one talking crazy; Rush Limbaugh is doing it too. Keep reading for the latest on the Haiti relief efforts.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama pledged the U.S. government would lead “a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives” in Haiti. The President dispatched troops to speed up the relief efforts, which are desperately needed after Tuesday’s earthquake, the worst to hit the island in over 200 years.
Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive estimated that “hundreds of thousands” of people may have died in the quake, and new reports suggest up to 500,000 are dead. The International Red Cross fears up to 3 million people may have been affected by the earthquake, and electricity has been cut off and communication is extremely difficult. The UN is reporting that bridges have been knocked out and hospitals have been badly damaged or destroyed; estimated losses are running in the billions.
There is something you can do to help. Just as we mentioned before, and because most organizations are asking only for monetary donations at this time, you can donate $5 by texting YELE to 501501 or by visiting www.yele.org.