Thursday, September 15, 2011

700 Club's Pat Robertson is a careless, insensitive BAFOON!!

Pat Robertson is UNBELIEVEABLE! Please read this article and post your comments clicking on the "comment" link at the end of this post. I would love to hear what you think. This man just has no clue and I am really appauled that people actually follow the sick, discusting words of him or that he would have any kind of authority on this subject.

Pat Robertson says Alzheimer's makes divorce OK

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By TOM BREEN, Associated Press Tom Breen,

Associated Press – Wed Sep 14, 9:21 pm ET

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson told his "700 Club" viewers that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer's is justifiable because the disease is "a kind of death."

During the portion of the show where the one-time Republican presidential candidate takes questions from viewers, Robertson was asked what advice a man should give to a friend who began seeing another woman after his wife started suffering from the incurable neurological disorder.

"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," Robertson said.

The chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, which airs the "700 Club," said he wouldn't "put a guilt trip" on anyone who divorces a spouse who suffers from the illness, but added, "Get some ethicist besides me to give you the answer."

Most Christian denominations at least discourage divorce, citing Jesus' words in the Gospel of Mark that equate divorce and remarriage with adultery.

Terry Meeuwsen, Robertson's co-host, asked him about couples' marriage vows to take care of each other "for better or for worse" and "in sickness and in health."

"If you respect that vow, you say `til death do us part,'" Robertson said during the Tuesday broadcast. "This is a kind of death."

A network spokesman said Wednesday that Robertson had no further statement.

Divorce is uncommon among couples where one partner is suffering from Alzheimer's, said Beth Kallmyer, director of constituent services for the Alzheimer's Association, which provides resources to sufferers and their families.

"We don't hear a lot of people saying `I'm going to get divorced,'" she told The Associated Press. "Families typically respond the way they do to any other fatal disease."

The stress can be significant in marriages though, Kallmyer said, because it results in the gradual loss of a person's mental faculties.

"The caregiving can be really stressful on a couple of levels," she said. "There's the physical level. There's also the emotional level of feeling like you're losing that person you love."

As a result, she said, it's important for couples to make decisions about care together in the early stages of the illness, when its effects aren't as prominent.

3 comments:

Leslie Morris Stum said...

Pat Robertson is clearly bat-sh*t crazy and has proven himself to be so on repeated occasions. He is a vehicle of discrimination and hate and people that believe the things he says are beyond help. I am so sorry that someone would say something so insensitive and make an already stressful situation even worse for you and your loved ones.
Karma will get him in the end when "his" Jesus kicks his ass to the curb.

Amy said...

Pat Robertson sounds like he has dementia himself. He's old and should no better than to say stuff like this. He has been off on a lot of things in the last 5 yrs.

Emily said...

He sounded very uncomfortable with the topic and directed the interviewer to ask someone else their opinion. It was a mistake for him to respond; there are many people (Presidents included) who wish they could take back a comment. I bet this is one for him. His organization has done too many positive things to throw him out over a few mistakes. I wish he would've used it as a teaching moment. Thankfully, I have witnessed many married couples (dealing with dementia) who are devoted to one another until their "physical" death. Their devotion is such a beautiful thing more young people should witness....a vow not broken as God intended. I have complete respect for those men and women. I believe one reason we are to take our young children to visit their grandparents in a nursing home is for their benefit to witness the devotion of a spouse and the respect for life and the elderly. Eventhough the elderly are not always mentally aware, we model the behavior of love and respect for our children. We have these long good-bye's for a reason and can learn many life lessons from them. It's up to us as parents to pass these lessons down to our children so they in turn have respect for life.