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Religious broadcaster and former Republican Presidential candidate Pat Robertson stunned religious communities when he stated recently on his television show “The 700 Club” that it was OK for married couples to divorce if one of them has Alzheimer's Disease.
Robertson's comments came after a viewer asked what advice he should give a friend who had been seeing another woman since his wife had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
“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.
Gee, whatever happened to the marital vow about “in sickness and health”? Do we conveniently disregard this when a lifetime partner become afflicted with Alzheimer's?
An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease – a figure expected to rise sharply as baby boomers enter their older years. And about 80 percent of Alzheimer patients who live at home are cared for by family members. The moral dilemma thus created by Alzheimer's will deepen over time.
The King James Version of the Holy Bible, in I Corinthians 13:12 speaks to me the of impact of Alzheimer's Disease thus: “For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face.”
I am not entirely certain that the Reverend Pat Robertson doesn't already have Alzheimer's Disease, for in his supposedly-learned treatise, he apparently has lost touch with reality. I am not sure I will miss him.
Your thoughts and realities may differ, however.
Christian televangelist Pat Robertson has infuriated many of his viewers with his comment that a person is within his/her moral right to divorce a spouse who has Alzheimer's disease. The extremely conservative pastor defended his stance by saying that Alzheimer's disease “is a kind of death.”
Have you had a conversation with your spouse…”Honey, if I am diagnosed with dementia, I would want you to…”?
Certainly Robertson's comments are a good conversation starter.
(Spokesman Review archive photo of Nancy Reagan with husband former president Ronald Reagan, who died of Alzheimer's in 2004)