Pat Robertson’s a putz

16 Sep

One of God’s self proclaimed spokesman, Pat Robertson, is declaring it’s OK with the Lord if spouses divorce their partner with Alzheimer’s, and the whole “for richer – for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part” is more of a guideline than a vow.

During a recent “700 Club” program on Christian Broadcast Network Pat was responding to a caller who said a “friend” had begun dating other women while his wife lies seriously ill with Alzheimer’s, and justifies it by saying that “his wife, as he knows her, is gone.”

Robertson agreed with the man saying, “What he says basically is correct. I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her.”

His co-host pressed Robertson about whether that violates the marriage vows. Robertson responded that Alzheimer’s “is a kind of death” and added, “I certainly wouldn’t put a guilt trip on you” for choosing divorce in such a scenario.

This is another symptom of today’s uber-conservative Christianity; what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine and I’m going to do unto others while I can. There isn’t a lot of Christ’s teachings any longer in some so-called Christian’s minds and churches. Robertson is a putz, and his wife should divorce him now while she has a chance and marry a good man she knows she can depend on if her health ever fails her.

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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Lunatics


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One response to “Pat Robertson’s a putz

  1. glv

    September 17, 2011 at 09:11

    I understand a little of the sentiment and the concern. However, these situations are of the utmost difficulty and delicacy. I had something similar in the ward when I was bishop and I will not go into it but it was very complex. Sometimes the ideal has to deal with reality and this is one rare instance where I can kinda see Robertson’s point. At least in the sense that it would be better to divorce a disabled spouse with no mental-recognition functions under adequate care to marry someone else rather than live with that someone else while married to another.


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