CBN Defends Robertson after Alleged Chile Quake Remarks
Last Friday, the Christian Broadcasting Network released an official statement defending founder Pat Robertson’s supposedly controversial comments concerning the recent 8.8 magnitude Chilean earthquake that left over 1.5 million people homeless.
Robertson, who drew fire in early January from several conservative Christians for his remarks on the Haitian quake, was quoted on Feb. 27 by a blogger at Open Salon as saying, “God is even angrier with them [the people of Chile] than he is with the people of Haiti.”
In its statement, CBN said, “The story currently circulating on the Internet is completely false and was posted by someone as a joke. However, some very ill-informed bloggers are now reporting it as if it were true.”
The blogger also quoted Robertson as saying, “If I had to guess, I’d say it [the earthquake] must have to do with Chile’s persecution and attempted prosecution of their great former leader, and a personal hero of mine, Augusto Pinochet—who, it should be noted, had never been convicted of a crime when the Lord called him home three years ago.”
Despite the alleged falsity of the aforementioned statement, Robertson does have a long history of making controversial comments following large-scale natural disasters, as was the case with Haiti’s devastating 7.0 magnitude quake, which left over 230,000 dead. Citing Haiti’s ancient history with the French and Napoleon III, Robertson blamed the disaster on the country’s “pact [with] the devil.”
CBN was careful to note that “Pat Robertson made no such comments about the Chilean people making a pact with demons. Dr. Robertson is very concerned about the people of Chile and his humanitarian organization is currently responding to the disaster by sending a disaster relief team leader and raising money for the relief efforts.”
They also added that, “Anyone wishing to see CBN’s reporting of the earthquake, as well as Dr. Robertson’s actual comments, which included a heartfelt call to prayer for the people of Chile, can watch complete, archived episodes of the 700 Club at cbn.com.”