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Haiti and the Cross of a Crucified People

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Liberation Theological Explanation of the Crisis in Haiti

(12th Station from Stations of the Cross from Latin America 1492 -1992
By Adolfo Pe'rez Esquivel of Argentina)

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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.

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Assistant Professor of Sociology, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an ordained Christian minister. Participant in the Viva Palestina humanitarian mission to Gaza. Independent candidate for US Congress in 1986, 1992 and 2006.

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