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PostSubject: Pat Robertson and Alzheimer's   9/16/2011, 2:13 am

I'm sure by now you've seen this story in the news.

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Pat Robertson: Divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer's is justifiable

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 media's laying it on pretty thick since at first glance it's such an egregious display of hypocrisy, but I don't think its as cut and dry. I think I have to agree with him.

I don't think he was giving a greenlight for divorce to anyone that's sick, but referring to the specific example provided where the wife is completely unreachable and the husband had already started seeing another woman... Arguments of adultery aside, divorce would be the logical choice, wouldn't it? He's no longer remaining faithful, and though she isn't dead, the relationship definitely is, and no amount of prayer will fix it. Do the vows you took matter if the other no longer remembers them? Or you? Shouldn't you be able to move on in such an awful situation if you wish?

A religious zealot finally acknowledges that that applying his 2,000 yr old text to modern life isn't quite as black and white as he's previously claimed, openly admitting on national TV that's there's a whole lotta grey in there.... I think the media should be supporting that instead of stomping him back into his crazy fundamentalism.
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PostSubject: Re: Pat Robertson and Alzheimer's   9/16/2011, 6:35 am

I don't believe you should see anyone else while your spouse is alive - no matter what condition they have.
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