Pat Robertson on Divorcing Alzheimer’s Victims

Posted By on September 17, 2011

This one left us reeling. It has to be seen to be believed. From Doug Phillips’s blog:

The eugenic mindset is this—when people become a burden or when they don’t meet the standard approved by the elite for human acceptability, simply dispose of them. The eugenic mindset plays upon the fears and selfishness of individuals. It emphasizes the financial strain and emotional cost of caring for the unlovely and burdensome. With serpent-like stealth, it appeals to “compassion” as a justification to abandon, deprive, and even kill those who are weak. It is the argument for pulling the plug on grandma, for food and water deprivation of the comatose trauma victim, and for letting the potentially brain-damaged preemie die.

But today the discussion has reached a new level. And this time the argument has not come from the evil step-child of Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood, but from Evangelical leader Pat Robertson. There is no mention of course of eugenics, or the Bible, or any source other than the speaker’s feelings, but millions watching on television learned that husbands with wives who have Alzheimer’s should divorce their wives and “start fresh” because an Alzheimer victim is not really a person, for after all, “they are gone.”

Click HERE to watch the video of Pat Robertson. Be sure to watch the second video as well, which is the testimony of a Christian husband who is sticking by his wife through her Alzheimer’s. It is moving and encouraging. Also click HERE to read Russell Moore’s hard-hitting commentary on this issue. Marriage isn’t just about individual satisfaction; it’s about Christ and His Bride.

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Jennie is the wife of Matthew and mother of ten children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.


5 Responses to “Pat Robertson on Divorcing Alzheimer’s Victims”

  1. mamabearCali says:

    It is such a heartbreak to see Christian leaders embrace such a un-Christian attitude. We need to pray that Pat Robertson sees the error of his ways. It is never acceptable scripturally to leave your spouse when they simply become ill. Beyond that some of the most amazing testimonies to God’s grace and sufficiency I have seen have been Christian couples who stayed faithful until the end. When you make your vows you make them not just between each other but between you and God as well.

    I can understand this coming from a secular source, I would even expect it. It is such a heartbreak that a Christian minister would counsel people in such an ungodly action.

  2. Older Christians are a blessing to the body of Christ, because we can learn so much from their years of experience. But part of me really thinks that Pat Robertson should step down from his own show, and pass the baton to his son and the others. When he says crazy stuff like this, it just draws bad attention to Christians as a whole. But a comment like this just makes me think, maybe he’s old, and just not as sharp as he used to be. I really wonder if he would have said something like that 20 or 30 years ago. It doesn’t seem consistent with even his own worldview.

  3. Janel says:

    My FIL died last September. Ever since I’ve been caring for my MIL who has Alzheimer’s. While day to day living can be very difficult emotionally for those of us who knew her in her glory days, the assumption that Alzheimer’s patients can or should be cast aside by family because “they aren’t there” leaves me speechless.

    While my MIL has lost aspects of who she is and the life she lived, she is VERY much aware of kindness, love, grace, her solid faith in Christ and the familiar faces who surround her everyday. Will she be that way in 6 weeks, 6 months or 6 years? Only God knows. In the meantime, our family will continue to love her and care for her until we aren’t able or God calls her home. While we may get weary or overwhelmed, we wouldn’t think of doing anything else.

  4. Janel, my parents cared for my grandparents until they died peacefully in their sleep at home. It was hard, hard work for the last year especially, but none of us would ever trade that time we had to be around our grandparents before they died. My mother is my heroine for giving so much of herself to make sure her parents were loved, cared for, and looked after with respect and dignity instead of pushed aside so life could be “normal” for the rest of us. For Christians, normal life should be all about serving others. If we don’t lay down this pattern for our children, what will they do to us when our time comes? God bless you for your care of your mother-in-law.

  5. Mary R. says:

    I wonder if Pat Robertson’s wife has Alzheimer’s? Frankly, Robertson seems a little senile himself; he has said a lot of weird things over the past few years.

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