Do Pat Robertson’s Good Deeds Outweigh His Seemingly Hateful Words?

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By now you may have seen this video, in which aging televangelist Pat Robertson proclaims that Haitians earned the "curse" upon them now by making "a pact with the devil." Here's what he said:


"They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the third or whatever, and they got together and swore a pact to the Devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you get us free from the French. True story. And so, the Devil said, Ok, it's a deal. And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another — desperately poor.


That island of Hispaniola is one island. It's cut down the middle. On the one side is Haiti on the other is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. They need to have, and we need to pray for them, a great turning to God, that out of this tragedy, I'm optimistic something good may come, but right now we're helping the suffering people — and the suffering is unimaginable."

Of course, a large number of people are offended by this, for a variety of reasons that are pretty self-explanatory. But Joe Scarborough, the even-keeled right-winger of MSNBC, took to his Twitter to defend Robertson this afternoon. Not his words, mind you, but the man himself. "MSM will now obsess over Pat Robertson's 'devil' comment but will pay no attention to his organization's remarkable relief work worldwide," he wrote, citing the quick response of Robertson's groups to previous natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina (which he blamed on abortion). "Before you condemn Pat Robertson's existence for silly comments, you should put his work on behalf of the world's poor into the equation." Does Scarborough have a point?