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.
I thought being married ment that you were with them in the best of times and the worst of times, through sickness and through health, till death do them part. And if he thought Teri Schiavo was still alive, I have trouble believing that somebody who has lucid moments and is actively responsive to people, even if they are interacting at a diminished capacity, could be considered "kind of dead."
Then again, God doesn't personally tell me exactly what equipment to buy for my studio, or what business deals to enter and reject like he does for Pat. He must have heard something the rest of us aren't. Maybe he's losing touch with reality and going crazy so I think we can consider him "kind of dead."