Americans United for Separation of Church and State today condemned TV preacher and Religious Right leader Pat Robertson for blaming the devastating earthquake in Haiti on the Haitian people's alleged pact with Satan.
On his Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club" today, Robertson said the Haitians "swore a pact to the devil" in order to become free of French domination.
"They said, 'we will serve you if you will get us free from the French,'" Robertson asserted. "True story. And so, the devil said, 'okay 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 the other."
Said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, "Robertson's callous comments show grotesque insensitivity to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of victims, their families and the nation of Haiti.
Added Lynn, "I remain amazed that American political leaders continue to kowtow to Robertson when he spouts extremist rhetoric such as this."
Robertson has been invited to attend this weekend's inauguration of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a graduate of Robertson's Regent University, and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele recently gave an extensive interview to Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network.
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.