Friday, January 15, 2010

The myth of Haiti being dedicated to the devil

The idea that Pat Robertson is touting that Haiti has "a pact with the devil" has been around for quite a while.  In 1791 the Haitians who were mostly slaves successfully organized a revolution to overthrow their French masters.  This was one of the first of many anti-colonial revolutions that in a sense put "the fear of God" into European imperialists.  They reacted by demonizing the mostly black revolutionaries and hinting that they must have had supernatural help in overthrowing their "civilized" white Christian overlords. This type of propaganda has been used against Haiti ever since, and is still very popular in right wing "dominionist" Christian circles. Here is a good article about this sordid history from the religious site - Talk to Action:

"Haiti has been portrayed as a nation of people who ritually sacrifice children and attack their enemies with voodoo dolls and "zombies." Historians debate whether the "Vaudoux" or "Vodou" ceremony in which leaders of the slave rebellion are supposed to have participated actually took place. Regardless, Haitian voodoo is not devil worship, unless viewed in the context that all non-Christian religion is demonic. Much of the mythology around Haiti is a product of imperialism, political intrigue, and Hollywood."...(Cont.)...