Pat Robertson’s latest comment on condoning divorce when spouse has Alzheimer’s is outrageous and violates the sanctity of marriage, feel many offended Christians.
The television evangelist is known for his controversial comments such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks were God's punishment for the U.S. tolerating abortion and homosexuality, which brought him under strong criticism of the conservative Christian leaders.
The latest controversy took place in his 700 Club program on Christian Broadcast Network when a viewer asked for an advice for his friend who is currently seeing another woman after his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
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 advised.
When Terry Meeuwsen, Robertson's co-host, asked him about marriage vows that couples take to take care of each other for better or for worse and in sickness and in health, Robertson said Alzheimer’s “is a kind of death.
According to many Christian leaders who are strong believers of the marriage institution, the comment was harsh and offending.
His comment on Alzheimer’s not only invoked displeasure among the Christian leaders but also generated strong disparagement by different Social Networking sites.
Bloggers from the Christianity Today's news criticized and showed genuine disappointment.
One comment posted on Sept. 14 says:
“I totally disagree with what Pat Robertson said and I'm shocked that he would give such advice. I know alzheimer's is a horrible disease, but there are other diseases that are horrible as well. Whatever happened to for better or for worse; in sickness and health? I believe God honors those who honor their marriage commitment for the life of their spouse in spite of very difficult circumstances. I believe he fumbled the ball on this one.”
Another reader described Robertson’s comment as “horrible advice given on this Christian program.”
Such irresponsible, callous comments made by Robertson. My father cared for my mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 55...until the day he placed her ravaged body in the grave. He kept his vows. Be ashamed of yourself, Pat Robertson, posted by another reader on the blog.
On Twitter, bloggers criticized him for being “WRONG on his alzheimers statement. Un-Christlike; unbiblical; dead wrong! So sad!
Mr. Robertson’s spokesman declined to elaborate on his remarks on Friday.