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September 22, 2011

Robertson and Alzheimers

Robertson and Alzheimers

I’ll never forget seeing my father’s pain as he cared for my grandmother as she suffered from Alzheimer’s. He did it because it was the right thing to do. She was his mother, and he chose to love her, even if she didn’t seem like the same person.

Last week on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson said a man could divorce his wife if she had Alzheimer’s since it was “a kind of death.” He then added, “but get some ethicist besides me to give you the answer.” Yes, please get another answer because his answer couldn’t be more wrong. Our vow for better or for worse must include worse.

Robertson’s words deeply contradict a Biblical worldview of what it means to be human. Alzheimer’s can be considered “A kind of death,” but so could depression, brain damage, Parkinson’s and all sorts of conditions. But even so, a “kind of death” isn’t death, and it doesn’t make anyone less human or less worthy of dignity and love. No one loses the image of God, even if they no longer know it. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Pat Robertson: Alzheimer's Makes Divorce OK
Katie Moisse and Jessica Hopper | ABC News | September 15, 2011

Pat Robertson's Comments Threaten to Undermine Alzheimer's Advocates' Goals
ABC News| September 15, 2011


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  • September 23, 2011 // 09:35 am //  # 
    Hannah Teater's avatar Hannah Teater

    WOW!!!!!!! no i totally disagree with Pat Robertsons’ phylosophy..why should a man divorce his wife just because shes got Alzheimers. The Bible tells us taht it is wrong to divorce your partner so we should take it at that and not have divorces. Like you said a kind of death is not a death and so that means that tehyare still human….even if they do have Alzheimers and all sort of other conditions. Thanks for teaching me new things. i never really thought about these things before. God bless you

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