FYI, The Pact With the Devil is Complete Bull Crap!

I heard about the supposed pact that Haiti made with the devil from Twitter when it lit up like a fire storm of tweets about Pat Robertson's remarks blaming the Earth Quake on this pact.

I was like "What the crap?" I was also like "dang Pat, hush! Your doing so much good through Operation Blessing. I know you love the poor and hurting and I know you help them". Like one news commentator said "He keeps saying stuff like that so he's not gonna be remembered for Operation Blessing but for those kinds of comments".

THEN I had friends tell me they knew about this pact. They said it WAS true. But none of them gave me a credible source of this obviously very important information. It's just what has been passed down, generation after generation so now it is believed in many fundamentalist circles as truth. Fact. THAT my friend is what I like to call Fundamentalist Folk Lore.

So I decided to investigate. I love history. I found some great articles, web sites and Historical documents concerning this. The best treatment of this topic is HERE. I say "best" because he is Haitian, he's a Christian, the piece is not a very long read and he did a thorough investigation into this in 2005, BEFORE all the Pat Robertson controversy.

Here's how he explains the historical context of the pact,

The satanic pact allegedly took place at Bois-Caïman near Cap-Haïtien on August 14, 1791 during a meeting organized by several slave leaders, under [Dutty] Boukman’s leadership, before launching what would become Haiti’s Independence War. This brutal period lasted 13 years until the last survivors of the French expeditionary forces, dispatched to Saint-Domingue with the sole purpose to re-establish slavery, were allowed by Dessalines to leave the island and return to Napoleon. Those who made it safely to France wrote and reported about the utmost bravery and supreme courage of Haiti’s indigenous army.

Obviously, the idea that Haiti was dedicated to Satan prior to its independence is a very serious and profound statement with potentially grave consequences for its people in terms of how they are perceived by others or how the whole nation is understood outside its borders. One would agree that such a strong affirmation should be based on solid historical and scriptural ground. But, although the satanic pact idea is by far the most popular explanation for Haiti’s birth as a free nation, especially among Christian missionaries and some Haitian Church leaders, it is nothing more than a fantasist opinion that ultimately dissipates upon close examination.

..because of this message, Haiti has been portrayed as the country born out of Satan’s benevolence and goodwill toward mankind. Shouldn't such a fantastic idea be tested for its historic validity and theological soundness? I invite you to take with me a closer and possibly different look at the available records.

Click HERE to read the entire article.

The really great thing about the information age we live in is that with the click of a mouse we can access historical documents, investigations into such far fetched claims and find the context of such Fundamentalist Folk Lore. And we can quickly find valid sources to verify the bull-crapness of such claims.

1 Thessalonians 5:21, “Test everything. Hold on to the good”.


Jessica said…
Exactly! That's what I told a friend the other day. It is kind of the mentality of how else could a group of slaves gain independence. Haiti has a really interesting and rich history they were the FIRST Independent Black Republic. They also put fear into the southern plantation owners when they began their revolution. Haiti also was in power over the Dominican Republic one time which is one of the many reasons that DR and Haiti have bad relations usually.

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