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Title: Pat Robertson: Divorcing A Spouse With Alzheimer's Is Justifiable
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Published: Sep 15, 2011
Author: By TOM BREEN
Post Date: 2011-09-15 15:06:42 by Brian S
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Views: 9891
Comments: 33

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."

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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.

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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," she added.

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

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"There's the physical level. There's also the emotional level of feeling like you're losing that person you love," Kallmyer said.

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.

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#1. To: Brian S (#0)

"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.

What a cold hearted, money grubbing thing to say.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2011-09-15   15:41:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Fred Mertz (#1)

Cold hearted like misrepresenting a dog rescue to amuse yourself and the idiot on an personal attack thread, freddy?

On topic: I can't think of much else other than a sudden violent death that is worse that the slow drifting away this horrific disease brings about. It has to be terrifying for both victims, the spouse afflicted directly, the spouse that can do nothing to stop it yet forced to watch as their partner drifts slowly away forever.

I wouldn't wish this on anyone. And I wouldn't dare pass judgement on how anyone handles it.

Proxy IP's are amusing.....lmao

Badeye  posted on  2011-09-15   16:01:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Fred Mertz (#1)

After all the mean things said about Terri Shiavo's husband for hooking up with another woman?

With the economy still in the dumper -- maybe permanently? -- and full-time jobs becoming as scarce as rain during a drought, huge percentages of Americans have had their (misplaced) faith in the American dream shaken, the upper-middle-class consumerist lifestyle is exposed as a mirage for anybody who plays by the rules. Capitalism and the America that embraced it as a way of life is now and forever more a failure. It does me good to know that the generation that voted in Reagan and his ideology will see their America die from that ideology before their very own eyes and knowing they had a hand in its destruction.

Godwinson  posted on  2011-09-15   16:06:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Badeye (#2)

Till death do us part is the way it is supposed to be.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2011-09-15   16:06:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Fred Mertz (#4)

Till death do us part is the way it is supposed to be.

You didn't.

Proxy IP's are amusing.....lmao

Badeye  posted on  2011-09-15   16:13:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Badeye (#5) (Edited)

I live with 4-legged girls better than I do with 2-legged ones. End of discussion.

I do respect and appreciate what you and the old lady do for our 4-legged friends.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2011-09-15   16:15:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Fred Mertz (#6)

live with 4-legged girls better than I do with 2-legged ones. End of discussion.

I do respect and appreciate what you and the old lady do for our 4-legged friends

I'll take a rescue dog over most humans any day of the week.

Proxy IP's are amusing.....lmao

Badeye  posted on  2011-09-15   17:13:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Gooberloserton, Remora boy (#3)

After all the mean things said about Terri Shiavo's husband for hooking up with another woman?

LOL!

YOU really are a F ing MORON goober.

HOW, (exactly), is the case of a man trying to KILL his wife, the same as a man trying to KEEP HIS WIFE ALIVE idiot?

It's absurd that YOU libTURD SCUM even have the sand to EVER TRY to talk about MORALITY anywhere, about anybody else, you gibbering hypocrite creeps!

IMO Robinson is wrong here, but, grief changes people. It's wrong to judge people under stress by everyday rules.

That's what REAL life teaches us ALL, like it or not.

But you kulture of DEATH libTURD baby killing TRASH have no room to talk about anybody anytime.

Sabe libTURD SCUM?

SCUM.

Spoiled, stupid and ignorant, brain dead phuckwads, libTURD fools, tools, and idiots, are the real sickness; the messiah "king" obammy and his regime are only the symptoms.

Mad Dog  posted on  2011-09-15   17:29:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Fred Mertz Remora boy, Badeye (#6)

I live with 4-legged girls better than I do with 2-legged ones. End of discussion.

I do respect and appreciate what you and the old lady do for our 4-legged friends.

The TRUTH is, (I am sorry to say), is that loving and caring for dogs is not an indicator of being a good person.

HITLER was a famous dog lover.

I wish that it was otherwise.

But it is not.

Spoiled, stupid and ignorant, brain dead phuckwads, libTURD fools, tools, and idiots, are the real sickness; the messiah "king" obammy and his regime are only the symptoms.

Mad Dog  posted on  2011-09-15   17:34:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Fred Mertz (#1)

What a cold hearted, money grubbing thing to say.

Does anybody know what the health of Robertson's wife is? Sounds like he's setting up a "Jesus says it's ok" defense to me.

Skip Intro  posted on  2011-09-15   18:49:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Fred Mertz (#1)

If liberals had started talking about Reagan in the past tense and inferred his afflicted self was dead because he no longer could care for himself or remember even that he had pretended to be POTUS for eight years Robertson and company would of hollered bloody murder.

Hypocrate.

Ferret Mike  posted on  2011-09-15   20:31:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Ferret Mike (#11)

Would have...

Hypocrite...

Appreciate your thoughts Mike.

I can't believe ten years ago I couldn't care about you. I've come full circle and I love you.

I'm certain the gay bashers will quote my previous sentence.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2011-09-15   21:41:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Fred Mertz (#12)

Mike was ranting about gay rights and faggots. A K A Stone deleted it so you don't have to look at it. Say thank You. THIS POST HAS BEEN CHANGED BY A K A Stone

Ferret Mike  posted on  2011-09-16   0:54:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Ferret Mike (#13)

Thanks for the kind words by the way.

My pleasure and thanks for saying it like it is.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2011-09-16   6:49:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: Brian SS the racist (#0)

If someone's spouse turns into a liberal that's a good reason for a divorce on the grounds of gross stupidity, imho.

Happy Quanzaa  posted on  2011-09-16   6:54:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Ferret Mike (#13)

Ever since I quit the YEC nonsense for Theistic Evolutionism I like to razz him (Stone) with the Cladistic stuff. The guy doesn't understand that "reptiles" no longer exist Cladistically. They now form the Synapsida (which includes the Mammals) and the Sauropsida / Diapsida (which includes the birds) within the Series Amniota.

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Coral Snake  posted on  2011-09-16   6:57:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: Ferret Mike (#13)

Get lost asshole.

A K A Stone  posted on  2011-09-16   6:57:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: A K A Stone (#17)

Real Christians don't use that kind of language.

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Coral Snake  posted on  2011-09-16   7:11:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: Coral Snake (#18)

Real Christians don't use that kind of language.

So if someone says asshole they are not a christian? lol.

A K A Stone  posted on  2011-09-16   7:14:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#20. To: Coral Snake (#18)

You tell him, CS. Good luck on trying to teach him any civilized manners.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2011-09-16   7:38:01 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#21. To: Brian S (#0)

What a piece of shit...

America...My Kind Of Place...

"I truly am not that concerned about [bin Laden]..."
--GW Bush

"THE MILITIA IS COMING!!! THE MILITIA IS COMING!!!"
--Sarah Palin's version of "The Midnight Ride of Paul revere"

I lurk to see if someone other than Myst or Pookie posts anything...

war  posted on  2011-09-16   7:52:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#22. To: Coral Snake, A K A Stone (#18)

Real Christians don't use that kind of language.

God asks us to rid ourselves of foul language. It’s in the Bible, Colossians 3:8, NIV. “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

Bibleinfo.com

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Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Statist and all ships at sea. Your demonization of the Tea Party has worked - you need no longer fear it! Carry on!!

Get Outta Dodge!  posted on  2011-09-16   8:23:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#23. To: Mad Dog (#9)

The TRUTH is, (I am sorry to say), is that loving and caring for dogs is not an indicator of being a good person.

Never claimed it was.

Proxy IP's are amusing.....lmao

Badeye  posted on  2011-09-16   8:39:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#24. To: Ferret Mike, war, buckeroo (#21)

Ferret Mike had a lengthy, nice post in reply #13. Goldi deleted it.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2011-09-16   8:56:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#25. To: Fred Mertz (#24)

Well...you know as well as anybody, when Stone's site is doing well he just HAS to fuck it up...

Where's CZ been?

America...My Kind Of Place...

"I truly am not that concerned about [bin Laden]..."
--GW Bush

"THE MILITIA IS COMING!!! THE MILITIA IS COMING!!!"
--Sarah Palin's version of "The Midnight Ride of Paul revere"

I lurk to see if someone other than Myst or Pookie posts anything...

war  posted on  2011-09-16   9:07:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#26. To: Badeye (#23)

The TRUTH is, (I am sorry to say), is that loving and caring for dogs is not an indicator of being a good person.

Never claimed it was.

I never claimed that YOU had said it.

I said it.

No problem, I respect semantic accuracy.

In fact, I respect accuracy in ALL of it's forms.

Spoiled, stupid and ignorant, brain dead phuckwads, libTURD fools, tools, and idiots, are the real sickness; the messiah "king" obammy and his regime are only the symptoms.

Mad Dog  posted on  2011-09-16   15:39:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#27. To: Mad Dog (#26)

We're cool.

Proxy IP's are amusing.....lmao

Badeye  posted on  2011-09-16   15:40:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#28. To: Badeye (#27)

That must be why "they" hate us?

;^)

Spoiled, stupid and ignorant, brain dead phuckwads, libTURD fools, tools, and idiots, are the real sickness; the messiah "king" obammy and his regime are only the symptoms.

Mad Dog  posted on  2011-09-16   15:43:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#29. To: Mad Dog (#28)

No, I think they recognize we took their prom dates, and lunch money.

Proxy IP's are amusing.....lmao

Badeye  posted on  2011-09-16   15:55:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#30. To: Get Outta Dodge! (#22)

anger

That is why I don't use the NIV. It is flawed.

Matthew 21:12–13

12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”

But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

From those verses it is obvious to me that Jesus was angry. In the last verse it mentions "anger without a cause". So nothing wrong with being angry but there is something wrong with being angry without cause.

A K A Stone  posted on  2011-09-16   19:53:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#31. To: Badeye (#29)

Kind of "delicate" aren't they?

Spoiled, stupid and ignorant, brain dead phuckwads, libTURD fools, tools, and idiots, are the real sickness; the messiah "king" obammy and his regime are only the symptoms.

Mad Dog  posted on  2011-09-16   23:03:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#32. To: Mad Dog (#31)

metrosexuals who's battle cry always boils down to 'I'll sue!'

lmao

Proxy IP's are amusing.....lmao

Badeye  posted on  2011-09-17   9:51:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#33. To: Badeye (#32)

LOL!

"Metrosexuals" ARE WAY "butch" compared to MOST libTURDS.

"It's not FAIR!!!" "Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" "Mommy, uh I mean, Big GOOBERMENT help us! "It's NOT FAIR Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!"

Ouch!

The TRUTH hurts!

But just libTURDS!

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spoiled, stupid and ignorant, brain dead phuckwads, libTURD fools, tools, and idiots, are the real sickness; the messiah "king" obammy and his regime are only the symptoms.

Mad Dog  posted on  2011-09-17   14:34:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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