Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A "kind of death"

This is hardly the first time Pat Robertson has said something morally obtuse but it may be the worst. I suppose that if my brother and I were to have taken him as our moral guide we could have abandoned our mother when she suffered dementia since she was "kind of dead."
.... During the show's advice segment, a viewer asked Robertson how she should address a friend who was dating another woman "because his wife as he knows her is gone." Robertson said he would not fault anyone for doing this. He then went further by saying it would be understandable to divorce a spouse with the disease.

"That is a terribly hard thing," Robertson said. "I hate Alzheimer's. It is one of the most awful things because here is a loved one—this is the woman or man that you have loved for 20, 30, 40 years. And suddenly that person is gone. They're gone. They are gone. So, what he says basically is correct. But I know it sounds cruel, but if he's going to do something he should divorce her and start all over again. But to make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her."

Co-host Terry Meeuwsen asked Pat, "But isn't that the vow that we take when we marry someone? That it’s For better or for worse. For richer or poorer?"

Robertson said that the viewer's friend could obey this vow of "death till you part" because the disease was a "kind of death." Robertson said he would understand if someone started another relationship out of a need for companionship. .... [more]
Update: Denny Burk is absolutely right about this.

Pat Robertson Says Divorce Okay if Spouse has Alzheimer's | Liveblog | Christianity Today
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