Televangelist — a Former Presidential Candidate — Fires Off Controversial Alzheimer’s Remarks

Sep 15, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A religious broadcaster and former Republican presidential candidate raised a few eyebrows with comments he made on CBN’s "The 700 Club," the AP reports. Pat Robertson advised a viewer that a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is a justifiable reason for divorcing a spouse, according to the report.

"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 in response to a question from a viewer.

As the chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Robertson advised the viewer to seek advice from "some ethicist besides me," but also said he wouldn’t put a guilt trip on anyone who opts for divorce in that situation, according to the story.

Robertson added, "This is a kind of death," referring to Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable neurological disorder.

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