(12th Station from Stations of the Cross from Latin America 1492 -1992
By Adolfo Pe'rez Esquivel of Argentina)
HAITI AND THE CROSS OF A CRUCIFIED PEOPLE
Within a matter of hours after a powerful earthquake devastated Haiti, Pat Robertson declared during his 700 Club broadcast that this colossal tragedy was payback for a "pact with the Devil" that Haitian slaves made to gain freedom over 200 years ago. "Something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it" explained the tele-evangelist to his many listeners, "and they got together and swore a pact with the Devil. They said, "We will serve you if you'll get us free from the French' True story. And the Devil said, "OK, it's a deal', but ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another".
This, of course, is an utterly barbaric notion, one that stinks to high heaven. I feel dirty by even having to repeat it in order to refute it. Suffice it to say that the Devil never liberated anyone; that the Haitian Revolution under the brilliant leadership of Toussaint L'Ouverture was, as his name literally reveals, "the awakening of all saints"; and that the Haitian people far from being cursed are, like the Son of God was, really crucified. If anyone has made a pact with Mephisto it is the crucifier, not the crucified.