The Devil and Pat Robertson

I thought you should read the following letter.  The Minneapolis Star-Tribune published a letter from Satan to Pat Robertson, responding to his comment that Haiti’s persistent troubles, including the earthquake, are due to a pact the nation made with Mephistopheles.  Actually, it wasn’t Satan who wrote the letter but Lilly Coyle of Minneapolis writing in the persona of the hellish one.  I think she got it down pretty well.  What say you?

—– Frank James, January 15, 2010

Dear Pat Robertson,
I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the
shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks
people when they are down, so I’m all over that action.

But when you say that Haiti has made a pact with me, it is totally
humiliating. I may be evil incarnate, but I’m no welcher. The way you
put it, making a deal with me leaves folks desperate and impoverished.

Sure, in the afterlife, but when I strike bargains with people, they
first get something here on earth — glamour, beauty, talent, wealth,
fame, glory, a golden fiddle. Those Haitians have nothing, and I mean
nothing. And that was before the earthquake. Haven’t you seen
“Crossroads”? Or “Damn Yankees”?

If I had a thing going with Haiti, there’d be lots of banks,
skyscrapers, SUVs, exclusive night clubs, Botox — that kind of thing.
An 80 percent poverty rate is so not my style. Nothing against it —
I’m just saying: Not how I roll.

You’re doing great work, Pat, and I don’t want to clip your wings —
just, come on, you’re making me look bad. And not the good kind of
bad. Keep blaming God. That’s working. But leave me out of it, please.
Or we may need to renegotiate your own contract.

Best, Satan

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