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White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'

 
Age of Stupidity
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White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
The White House has dismissed as "stupid" comments by evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson suggesting that quake-struck Haiti was cursed.

Spokesman Robert Gibbs said he was amazed by the remarks.

During a broadcast on his Christian Broadcasting Network, Mr Robertson suggested the Haiti's earthquake was divine retribution.

He said Haiti had sworn a pact with the devil when it freed itself from French colonial rule.

The White House said the comments were completely inappropriate.

"It never ceases to amaze, that in times of amazing human suffering, somebody says something that could be so utterly stupid," Mr Gibbs said.

"But it, like clockwork, happens with some regularity."

Mr Robertson, an 80-year-old former presidential candidate, made the comments on Wednesday on his programme, "The 700 Club".

"They said, we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal," the televangelist said during the broadcast.

"Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other," he added, comparing Haiti to its more prosperous neighbour, the Dominican Republic.

[link to news.bbc.co.uk]
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
Pat always gave me the creeps. Like those 10th Century Leaders leading the Crusades, creepy.

I never liked the man. Just a bad vibe, but he is old, could be getting senile?
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Pat always gave me the creeps. Like those 10th Century Leaders leading the Crusades, creepy.

I never liked the man. Just a bad vibe, but he is old, could be getting senile?
 Quoting: Zerocyber

To believe what was stated is on the level of voodo. Those that believe this are a scant step from being naked on a city street corner threateningly waving a chickens foot and cursing at passersby.
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
Letting voodoo go on in the White House is "stupid".

The days of making deals with the devil and not paying the fine are over!!
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you silly people with movie voodoo definitions are funny
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you silly people with movie voodoo definitions are funny
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Is it?
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
Governing a large country
is like frying a small fish.
You spoil it with too much poking.

Center your country in the Tao
and evil will have no power.
Not that it isn't there,
but you'll be able to step out of its way.

Give evil nothing to oppose
and it will disappear by itself.
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
Coming from a stupid administration with their stupid press secretary, it ain't saying much.
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
Pat Robertson simply recalled historical FACT. The dumbass chimp-in-chief is wrong as usual. huffy

Oooh...maybe Pat Robertson is RACIST and THAT'S the reason that facts don't matter again, this time. chuckle
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Pat Robertson simply recalled historical FACT. The dumbass chimp-in-chief is wrong as usual. huffy

Oooh...maybe Pat Robertson is RACIST and THAT'S the reason that facts don't matter again, this time. chuckle
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haiti making a pact with the devil is not fact, dipshit.
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
you silly people with movie voodoo definitions are funny



Is it?
 Quoting: Bugeater

yep go read up on it!
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
Coming from a stupid administration with their stupid press secretary, it ain't saying much.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 831743

To EVEN comment on it, is disgraceful,and lowers the 'white house' but of course obama being in there is a new low,
how quick they are to jump on that, Why in the world would they even care with he said?
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***************NEWSFLASH****************
Over half of the country thinks the White House is stupid.
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If any one know stupid it is definatly the white house. I shudder to think madison and jackson spinning in their graves with what is going on in the republic they protected
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
this is an opportunity to demonstrate Christ's grace mercy love and forgiveness

none of us are righteous

the remarks in my opinion were ill-timed and unnecessary

I just studied dominionism for several days and I don't agree with it

Pat has a history of ill timed remarks that hurt more than help

we are here to ease one another's suffering not pile more on

love peace and joy

rb
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The most disturbing thing about Pat's comments is that he seemed to suggest the Haitian's were wrong in rising up against their French masters.

How dare they.
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
Coming from a stupid administration with their stupid press secretary, it ain't saying much.
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a stupid reply from a bunch of stupid liars.
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
Letting voodoo go on in the White House is "stupid".

The days of making deals with the devil and not paying the fine are over!!
 Quoting: Bugeater


Whoa what? Has Obama been sacrificing chickens behind my back??
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
The White House has dismissed as "stupid" comments by evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson suggesting that quake-struck Haiti was cursed.

Spokesman Robert Gibbs said he was amazed by the remarks.

During a broadcast on his Christian Broadcasting Network, Mr Robertson suggested the Haiti's earthquake was divine retribution.

He said Haiti had sworn a pact with the devil when it freed itself from French colonial rule.

The White House said the comments were completely inappropriate.

"It never ceases to amaze, that in times of amazing human suffering, somebody says something that could be so utterly stupid," Mr Gibbs said.

"But it, like clockwork, happens with some regularity."

Mr Robertson, an 80-year-old former presidential candidate, made the comments on Wednesday on his programme, "The 700 Club".

"They said, we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal," the televangelist said during the broadcast.

"Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other," he added, comparing Haiti to its more prosperous neighbour, the Dominican Republic.

[link to news.bbc.co.uk]
 Quoting: Age of Stupidity 855965

Like ALL of the conservative right-wing pseudo-christian extremists, Pat Robertson is a false teacher and purveyor of lies and false doctrine.

Christ repeatedly told us to love our enemies and pray for those on the wrong path. God does not do the things that Satanic 'wolves in sheep clothing' prophets like Robertson claim.

It is false teachers like Pat Robertson that are responsible for people falling away from the faith because they see the apostasy, hate, and lies in their heart and they mistakenly believe it is Christianity to blame and not the deliberate agenda of evil men that it is.
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
The most disturbing thing about Pat's comments is that he seemed to suggest the Haitian's were wrong in rising up against their French masters.

How dare they.
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Yes that is very disturbing and regardless of how most people feel about voodoo, I'm guessing this is something that was passed down from generatin to generation. No matter what form of worship or ritual something is, it is hard to change peoples beliefs and you can't really condemn them for it.... it's simply the only way they know. I believe I heard a reporter on CNN say they are about 80% catholic, 15 % protestant and 10000 % voodoo.. he was using this in the context of explaining a burial ritual he had witnessed.

At any rate, it is downright TACKY, SILLY, AND NOT HELPFUL to focus on this aspect of these peoples lives in so far as they are not causing harm to others by practicing their beliefs in rescue efforts.

It is disgraceful, a word I have seen used a lot that this drivel comes from a tv preacher who has the capacity to influence those who listen, and I won't even go into Limbaugh since that's off topic.

I believe it is right that the white house make a statement about this if they are asked, and I suppose they were.

Again, why are people focusing on this particular thing ? I admit I do think their beliefs are going to cause them to not get help in some instances, for example, turning down food b/c a few who could shout louder told them it was poisend or expired. I saw on CNN a ticker running that said around 78 % are illiterate..... so it's not like they can make a solid judgement themselves, and given that the world has let them live in absolute miserable poverty for so long, ( all of us, means me, you and our other brothers and sisters in humanity) I can see how they would not trust so easily.

All around, a very tough situation NOT helped by some tv preacher running off at the mouth. I really hope people take the time to call his prayer line and express their dismay and dissapointement in a calm manner to whoever they get on the phone. These people in high profile positions who make these statements must be called out and held accountable for their words.. this issue is too tenuous.. to difficult to muddy the waters with such nonsense.


Please think about all this logically and try to relate to where the people of Haiti are coming from... all they have known... how can we expect them to behave "as we would".. we cannot. Look for their humanity.. look in their eyes when you see them on tv and realize that you ARE your brothers keeper. You are. And it is a honor to be so.


Peace...
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
Pat's making an observation, he didn't cause the thing. Some people think God has no wrath, I think they're a joke. Keep pressing His buttons.
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
Well, if the Haitian government asked Satan for help, you can be sure that no blessings and protection came down from God Almighty on that country. If you look at Haiti's history, you have to wonder.

You also have to wonder why Haitian Catholic priests don't come down hard on those within their church who practice Catholicism and voodoo at the same time.
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
Glp member calls whorehouse agenda stupid
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
If any body knows "stupid"...the Obama White House certainly does. banana2
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If any body knows "stupid"...the Obama White House certainly does. banana2
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stupid is as stupid does..
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
Did he not say something similar after the Indonesian Tsunami?
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Re: White House calls Robertson's Haiti comment 'stupid'
It's only because Pat Robertson is white. If Al Sharpton or Jessie J. had made the comment.... There wouldn't be a response.

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