Despite disagreement on Haiti, Robertson remains invited to McDonnell inaugural
A spokesman for Virginia Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell says McDonnell disagrees with remarks by his longtime friend Pat Robertson about the recent Haiti earthquake, but Robertson remains invited to McDonnell's Saturday Inauguration.
"The Governor-elect disagrees with the comments that were made," said spokesman Tucker Martin. "The scope of the natural disaster and the suffering of the people of Haiti is heartbreaking. His church, St. Michaels in Glen Allen, has a sister church, St. Jean-Baptiste parish in Dos-Palais, Haiti, and parishioners regularly minister there. The Governor-elect's thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti. He encourages all Virginians to donate to the Red Cross and the other relief organizations coordinating the humanitarian response to this devastating tragedy."
On his 700 Club television show Tuesday, Robertson attributed the earthquake to Haiti's "pact with the devil" that allowed the country to overthrow the French but resulted in their being "cursed" ever since.
Robertson has long been an ally of McDonnell's, since they met while McDonnell attended the Virginia Beach law school founded by the minister. Robertson gave McDonnell a late $25,000 campaign donation and visited with him and his family in his hotel suite on Election Night. McDonnell confirmed to the Richmond Times Dispatch recently that Robertson had been invited to Saturday's festivities and that he expected Robertson to attend.
Martin said Thursday that about 30,000 people have received invitations to the event and that Robertson's remains valid.
The Christian Broadcasting Network has posted a statement from spokesman Chris Roslan indicating that Robertson was discussing Haiti's history, which has led "countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries believe the country is cursed."
"Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God's wrath," the statement reads.
January 14, 2010; 4:11 PM ET
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