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No Mr. Robertson, It Is Not OK To Divorce Your Alzheimer’s Challenged Spouse

I have never really found Pat Robertson an appealing sort of guy and I always wondered why he was given such carte blanche by the Republican Party. He might be a nice guy, but he say some crazy things and then Republicans have to answer for his words. This time though he has stepped out of bounds. When you take those vows of marriage, they implicitly say “in sickness and in health, til death do us part”, no where in those vows before God and family does it say, until your spouse is no longer of use to you. Disgraceful

As a prominent voice in the conservative, Christian world, most would assume that the famed faith leader would allow for divorce — from a Biblical perspective — only under circumstances of adultery. In a video clip that was posted by Right Wing Watch (via Gawker), a woman by the name of “Andreas” writes in to ask Robertson for advice.

According to Andreas, her friend is married to a woman who has come down with Alzheimer’s Disease. As the disease has intensified, the afflicted can no longer even recognize her husband. As a result, her friend has become bitter at God for allowing such an illness to take hold of his wife and he has begun seeing another woman.

Andreas isn’t sure what to tell her friend, as he justifies his actions by claiming that his wife, as he once knew her, is gone. Robertson’s answer to this debacle is somewhat surprising.

“I hate Alzheimer’s,” he says. ”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.”

I think Mr. Robinson you need to pray on those words a little longer and come back and tell us when God denies your are right.

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  1. I am hesitant to condemn anyone on this one. Nowadays, people are divorcing their spouses because they decide they didn’t get to sow enough wild oats in their youth. That I condemn and heartily.

    But we have Huntington’s disease in our family. It is a progressive disease, much like Alzheimers and it generally takes many, many years to utterly and completely destroy a person, both mentally and physically.

    We have a family member who took about 25 years from the onset of symptoms until her death. For the last 10 or 15 years, she had little control over her body physically, until she had absolutely no control for the last 5 years or so. It has been about 10 years since she was able to speak, though she had reflexive squawks and screams for several years.

    Her husband was a great husband and dad for their whole lives, and he never did put her in a home, divorce her or quit taking care of her. But if he had met someone who could be a partner in his life, I don’t think I would have held it against him.

    He gave 15 years of his life as a nurse for her, and I honor him for it, but she didn’t know what it took and a decent home could have probably done as much for her. I’m not even sure she would have wished it from him.

    If he had fallen in love with someone from work, or church, or a neighbor or something, I don’t think she would have wished for him to lose it so she could have in-home nursing care. And I don’t think I would have condemned him for it either, at least not as long as he continued to ensure that she didn’t suffer and that she was cared for.

    • to me it just smacks of a cop out for him to even suggest that a husband or a wife walk away from their spouse they made vows to til death us do part. Since the “feminist” movement this Country and divorces and children have been treated to the abnormal being normal the normal being abnormal I just think he plays into with this “absolution” for that husband who finds he no longer WANTS to care for his wife.

      • Yes, I absolutely think we take marriage vows too lightly. The days of honor and your word being your bond have seemingly slipped behind us. I’ve just seen the terrible toll these long term illnesses take on the spouse.

        I know that if I had Huntingtons, I would not want King Hotchibobo to give up the rest of his life just so I could have my diaper changed by him versus some nurse. I know from experience, I wouldn’t even know who it was doing the duty. And eventually, I wouldn’t even know they were doing it.

        Alzheimers is the same way. If someone wants to take care of the spouse, that is honorable and good, but sometimes a person can linger for 10 or 15 years having nothing but breath in their body. Those of us who love our spouses don’t really wish that kind of burden on them.

        I would hope King would find some lovely lady who would finish raising my kids, help him take care of my grandkids, and live. Of course, I say that now, but if my diaper needed changing, and my nurse didn’t come when I called, I’d probably be mad at King for leaving me there. :-/

  1. I am hesitant to condemn anyone on this one. Nowadays, people are divorcing their spouses because they decide they didn’t get to sow enough wild oats in their youth. That I condemn and heartily.

    But we have Huntington’s disease in our family. It is a progressive disease, much like Alzheimers and it generally takes many, many years to utterly and completely destroy a person, both mentally and physically.

    We have a family member who took about 25 years from the onset of symptoms until her death. For the last 10 or 15 years, she had little control over her body physically, until she had absolutely no control for the last 5 years or so. It has been about 10 years since she was able to speak, though she had reflexive squawks and screams for several years.

    Her husband was a great husband and dad for their whole lives, and he never did put her in a home, divorce her or quit taking care of her. But if he had met someone who could be a partner in his life, I don’t think I would have held it against him.

    He gave 15 years of his life as a nurse for her, and I honor him for it, but she didn’t know what it took and a decent home could have probably done as much for her. I’m not even sure she would have wished it from him.

    If he had fallen in love with someone from work, or church, or a neighbor or something, I don’t think she would have wished for him to lose it so she could have in-home nursing care. And I don’t think I would have condemned him for it either, at least not as long as he continued to ensure that she didn’t suffer and that she was cared for.

    • to me it just smacks of a cop out for him to even suggest that a husband or a wife walk away from their spouse they made vows to til death us do part. Since the “feminist” movement this Country and divorces and children have been treated to the abnormal being normal the normal being abnormal I just think he plays into with this “absolution” for that husband who finds he no longer WANTS to care for his wife.

      • Yes, I absolutely think we take marriage vows too lightly. The days of honor and your word being your bond have seemingly slipped behind us. I’ve just seen the terrible toll these long term illnesses take on the spouse.

        I know that if I had Huntingtons, I would not want King Hotchibobo to give up the rest of his life just so I could have my diaper changed by him versus some nurse. I know from experience, I wouldn’t even know who it was doing the duty. And eventually, I wouldn’t even know they were doing it.

        Alzheimers is the same way. If someone wants to take care of the spouse, that is honorable and good, but sometimes a person can linger for 10 or 15 years having nothing but breath in their body. Those of us who love our spouses don’t really wish that kind of burden on them.

        I would hope King would find some lovely lady who would finish raising my kids, help him take care of my grandkids, and live. Of course, I say that now, but if my diaper needed changing, and my nurse didn’t come when I called, I’d probably be mad at King for leaving me there. :-/

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