Another reason why Pat Robertson is out to lunch

As if Pat Robertson hasn’t already embarrassed himself enough by saying that Haiti made a pact with the Devil and that homosexuality was a cause of 9/11, add another to the list.  Robertson recently comment on his 700 Club program that if a spouse has Alzheimer’s it constitutes grounds for divorce because the evangelist said the disease is “a kind of death”.  This comment came in response to a viewer’s question regarding the topic.

Other awesomely bad Robertson quotes from the show were:

Get some ethicist besides me to give you the answer.” (Robertson translation: I’m crazy help!)

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 translation: That’s what I’d do.”)

I guess the whole, “in sickness and in health” part of marriage vows don’t apply anymore.

The media pressed a spokesperson for the TV network, no reply.  I wonder why.

Watch the clip:

Is Alzheimer’s grounds for divorce? Read and comment.


  1. says

    I was appalled! My Mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s and my Father-in-law is an amazing example of what it means to keep your vow to someone. He pledged to be with her until death and he lives it. I can’t imagine what he has to deal with, and I thank God he has the wherewithal to have someone come to their home to help care for her. But every night they are alone. Every night she hardly knows him. Every night she depends on him to keep her safe – even from herself.

    I cannot imagine my Father-in-law every thinking to himself – “Well, she’s really as good as dead any way, it’s time for me to move on.”

    I get that it’s hard. I get that some will divorce their spouse. Grace abounds for those who need it. But to advocate it, endorse it, or claim it to be righteous? Come on, Pat.