Pat Robertson’s Disaster Relief Comes With Faith Healings
January 15, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The day after the poor island country of Haiti was struck with a powerful earthquake on Tuesday, causing untold devastation, loss of life and raw human suffering, TV televangelist Pat Robertson appeared on his program, The 700 Club to blame the horrific natural disaster on the past sins of the Haitian people. The odious Robertson claimed that Haitian slaves made a pact with the devil more than 200 years ago and that the Caribbean island has been cursed ever since. Robertson was condemned for his shameful statements. But the Christian Broadcast Network, which produces The 700 Club, issued a statement defending Robertson’s remarks. The CBN pointed to Robertson’s humanitarian organization Operation Blessing, which had already shipped millions of dollars worth of medicines to Haiti and was deploying disaster workers “to ease the suffering.”
But Operation Blessing’s relief workers provide a little something extra to disaster victims; they offer “faith healing” to “cure” their injuries .
During Friday’s 700 Club, Operation Blessing workers were shown handing out food to the poor in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attempting to “cure” injured people “in the name of Jesus.” The voice-over said during the clip that relief workers “did more than hand out food, they prayed for miracles.”
One recipient of Operation Blessing’s faith healing had a bandaged hand and she claimed that she felt a “tingling.” Another man was shown stooped in pain with an injured back, while one of Pat Robertson’s relief workers prayed over him and then asked him to stand up.
h/t Right Wing Watch