Making sense of hell on Earth

VIEWPOINT

“[The Haitians] got together and swore a pact to the devil ... ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”

When I heard Pat Robertson quoted in the news immediately following Haiti’s Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, I imagined his theology to be an extreme anomaly, akin to Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church and its “God hates fags” campaign. Little did I suspect that I would be in Haiti three months later, working side by side with an American missionary who shared Robertson’s perspective.