September 16th, 2011
05:22 PM ET

Pat Robertson makes controversial Alzheimer's claims

Pat Robertson, former presidential candidate and well-known televangelist, gave advice on his TV talk show “The 700 Club" this week that doesn't sit well with some people familiar with Alzheimer's disease.

A viewer named Andreas asked about his friend, who started seeing another woman after his wife developed Alzheimer's: "He says that he should be allowed to see other people, because his wife as he knows her is gone. I’m not sure what to tell him. Please help."

Robertson acknowledged that this is a "terribly hard thing" but also said the person in question is correct. "I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but to make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her," he said.

"Isn't that the vow we take when we marry someone, that's for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer?" his co-anchor asked.

There is the vow of "till death do us part," but Alzheimer's is "a kind of death," he said.

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Paul R. Wolpe, director of the Emory Center for Ethics in Atlanta, takes issue with the idea that spouses of Alzheimer's patients don't have to have any fealty to their spouses because of the disease.

"I think he misunderstands how important emotional support is to people with Alzheimer's. Except for the most extreme and close to death people with Alzheimer's, they respond to emotional context. The emotional part of their lives is the last part to go," he said.

It's extremely therapeutic in many cases for people to maintain relationships with their spouses with Alzheimer's, he said. There are situations in which a spouse will choose to divorce a spouse with Alzheimer's or start a relationship with someone else while remaining married but will continue to remain connected to the Alzheimer's patient.

Wolpe is troubled by the idea that it's OK to abandon an Alzheimer's patient because he or she is already dead.

"I think abandoning a spouse because they have Alzheimer's is unethical. Divorcing them or not divorcing them isn't an issue to me so much; it's abandonment," he said. Robertson "did not say you have any responsibility to continue to try to support them emotionally, to visit them."

Not everyone took such a hard stance on Robertson's remarks. Beth Kallmyer, senior director of constituent services at the Alzheimer’s Association, emphasized how stressful it is for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients to watch their loved ones in this condition, which can result in their grieving for a spouse while he or she is still alive.

As for whether Alzheimer's is a kind of death, Kallmyer said she understands that some people may see it this way but said this also raises the need for education about the disease. "That person, even in the end stages, is still a person with a full history and a life that's been lived," she said.

But it can feel like the person is slowly dying. Kallmyer and colleagues get calls from caregivers who don't know how to talk to their spouses anymore. To that, she says:

"Talk to them like you used to talk to them. Do you know a favorite song that you could sing? To continue to have those conversations, and when people in the later stages are engaged with like that, there is a reaction, people react, and they can benefit from that," she said.

If you have a question or need support, call the Alzheimer's Association's 24-hour hot line at 1-800-272-3900.

soundoff (959 Responses)
  1. Susan

    This is whats wrong with america today! No morals, loyalty, love ! If it were you could you hinestly say u would? Im cna an sometimes they cry out for there husband or wife , disease is bad enough, but too hear the heart felt cry for there love, i have no words!

    September 16, 2011 at 21:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      Google diamond mines and Pat Robertson if you want to know what a truly evil, hypocritical demon Pat Robertson is.

      September 16, 2011 at 22:49 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      In April, 1997 two pilots who worked for Operation Blessing charged that planes linked to Robertson and his ministry flew mostly to haul equipment for ADC's private diamond operation. Robert Hinkle, the chief pilot told reporter Bill Sizemore that of about 40 flights within Zaire during the half-year period he was there, "Only one or at most two" were related to the humanitarian mission of Operation Blessing. The rest were "mining-related."

      "We got over there and we had 'Operation Blessing' painted on the tails of the airplanes, Hinkle told the Virginian-Pilot, "but we were doing no humanitarian relief at all. We were just supplying the miners and flying the dredges from Kinshasa out to Tdshikapa."

      September 16, 2011 at 22:53 | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      Could you maybe proof your remarks first, or run a spell check? It is hard to figure out what you are saying with so many words spelled wrong. Very hard.

      September 17, 2011 at 00:45 | Report abuse |
    • Dennis Pence

      Pat Robertson has never impressed me as being a "true" Christian. God tells us "You will know them by their fruits" – and this man's fruit is rotten to the core. God will deal with him – have no doubt. The rest of us will just ignore his ignorance in the meantime.

      September 17, 2011 at 00:52 | Report abuse |
  2. ROGER

    the man is all heart. perhaps he envisions himself as the protestants pope and ultimate authority to issue decrees,

    September 16, 2011 at 21:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • cb

      The Pope wouldn't tell someone to leave their wife.

      September 16, 2011 at 21:38 | Report abuse |
    • ROGER

      yes he would – if it was for another man

      September 16, 2011 at 21:57 | Report abuse |
  3. CyndyP

    Pat Robertson's world is so far away from religious reality, I am surprised he has any following left at all.

    September 16, 2011 at 21:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. JudyTTexas

    I believe it is a person's "Choice" what decision they make on this issue. They are the only one who will have to live with it.
    As I always say, only obligation I have in life is to my "God"...I really wouldn't give a damn what anyone thought!

    When you're on YOUR deathbed, I'm sure you won't be thinking about ME!

    September 16, 2011 at 21:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. philojazz

    Based on Mr Robertson's previous "proclamations" on ethical/moral topics, I am surprised (no, I guess not 'surprised', but rather, 'disappointed' or 'dismayed') that anyone, and I do mean anyone, actually takes the man seriously. Talk to friends, to relatives, read a novel about Alzheimer's, go to an Alzheimer's support group.....do anything but listen to this hateful man.

    September 16, 2011 at 21:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jeff

    wow, what great Christian values he portrays. He is probably going to say the spouse got alzheimer's because of something they did to offend God. It is sad there are people in this world that are like this. sad...

    September 16, 2011 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Tex71

    The 700 Club: AmeriTaliban in its purest form. Pat Robertson is so like Osama bin Laden that one cannot help but believe (hope?) they share the same cell in the afterlife.

    September 16, 2011 at 21:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Alverant

    I wonder how many time he counciled a woman against leaving her abusive husband.

    If he's going to use the line "she's already dead" then how can he be against abortion because the embryo isn't yet alive. The whole thing stinks of patriarchy and chauvinism.

    September 16, 2011 at 21:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      And is it really surprising that this petty, ignorant, evil man would say such an ignorant, petty, evil thing?

      September 16, 2011 at 22:39 | Report abuse |
  9. Paul Willson

    This is the opinion of someone who should know better . He needs to learn not to react to everything he asked about.
    I know the agony of watching a loved one leave you from alshiemer/dementia . You ache and ache and now 3 years later it still hurts . So Mr Robeertson please shut up

    September 16, 2011 at 21:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      You are giving Pat Robertson entirely too much credit by saying he should "know better". He's a complete fool, a bigot, a hypocrite, and one of the most evil people walking the earth today. That he would say such a moronic thing surprises no one.

      September 16, 2011 at 22:42 | Report abuse |
  10. Marc

    Mr. Robertson is unfortunately WRONG. Marriage, as defined in Genesis 1:26, is a fusion of two people. Jesus Himself quoted the passage when explaining God's position to religious leaders who had made a whole set of rules to justify and simplify divorce. Jesus said that divorce was permissible only because of the hardness of man's heart. Marriages made with a vow add another layer of accountability, since God holds vows to be a solemn thing Finally, a man is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. If He abandoned His church every time they were hard hearted, forgot to speak to him, ignored him, or behaved badly (like Alzheimer patients), then nearly all of his church would have been abandoned. On the contrary, He promised, "I will never leave you, nor forsake you". Mr. Robertson is powerful, connected, wealthy, runs a university and a broadcasting network, but he has not brought honor to God by this declaration.

    September 16, 2011 at 21:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Suzette

      Pat Robertson was not advocating divorce.....only that this man not date other women while married to his wife with Alzheimers. This man already broke his vows to his wife..... Pat said....if you are going to see...date.... other women, make sure your wife is cared for, get a divorce and get on with your life. Pat did not say it was the right thing to do, only that if he were going to date he should move on. He stated what a sad, difficult situation it is for both the man and his wife. This has all been misconstrued.
      Watch the original 700 Club program!

      September 16, 2011 at 22:05 | Report abuse |
    • j

      Suzette is the dumbest woman on the planet. When someone says to divorce someone, they are advocating divorce. Im sure your probably writing your 700 Club donation as we speak...

      September 16, 2011 at 23:29 | Report abuse |
    • Suzette

      no, J.....Ive never given him a dime. The acusation here is that Pat Robertson is advocating that someone divorce someone because they have Alzheimers. He suggested divorce becasue the man is already seeing other women.

      September 17, 2011 at 00:45 | Report abuse |
    • ardie

      sorry suzette, this is all semantics, bottom line is...he gave the man justification to move on. He didn't tell the caller to go to his wife and be by her side through thick and thin, sickness and in health, richer and poorer. I have stage four cancer, does that justify my husband to seeing other women? Maybe John Edwards got some advice from Pat Robertson?

      September 17, 2011 at 23:45 | Report abuse |
    • ardie

      Well this involves adultery.

      September 17, 2011 at 23:48 | Report abuse |
  11. bc

    Kind of a death? Then how would he explain a fetus that cannot survive outside the womb? Kind of a life? Or kind of a death?

    September 16, 2011 at 21:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. BENJI

    He is a false prophet. God specifically states the ONLY reason to get a divorce is for ADULTERY, not Alzhemeirs.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Suzette

      ....the man in question was already seeing other women, it had nothing to do with the Alzheimers.

      September 16, 2011 at 22:07 | Report abuse |
  13. MS

    Pat Roberston I wish Jesus was here today just so he can tell you what a total @ss you are.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. bailoutsos

    He speaks for God. Didn't Martha Stewart divorce her husband when he got sick? She also heard the voice of God.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • musings

      Now don't you go dragging Martha through the Pat Robertson mud. Her husband left HER for a younger staff member who was working for them – they were business partners as well as a married couple. And unlike Robertson, she actually delivered a lot of value and not just hot air.

      September 16, 2011 at 23:25 | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    There's 'compassionate conservatism' at it's finest. I never thought I'd wish Alzheimer's on anyone, but Pat Robertson is now the exception. The irony is that he and a lot of his followers don't realize that they're earning a first-class ticket to Hell.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. kat

    This man knows nothing about Alzheimer's disease! Your spouse does not "suddenly leave you" and they are NOT dead!!!
    Their cognitive functions change over time (as long as 20 years in some cases), but even in the end, the essence of a person (their soul or spirit) is there. I am blessed to work with many, many wonderful people who journey thru AD and, while it is difficult many days for them and their family members, the spouses stay true and continue to show their love! Would Robertson suggest that someone should divorce their spouse if they are incapacitated by a stroke, in a coma, or any other dibilitating condition????? This man should SHUT UP.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Suzette

      He never said to divorce because his wife is sick, kat. He said to divorce because the man was dating other women. Watch the show......

      September 17, 2011 at 00:50 | Report abuse |
    • Nimnim

      Suzette–give it up, girl-you are a loonie-tune

      September 17, 2011 at 19:55 | Report abuse |
  17. Mike in Montana

    Pat Roberrtson is an idiot and has been one for years. I wouldn't doubt that Pat Robertson has Alzheimer's disease. Does he read the Bible, concerning marriage and it certainly doesn't talk about getting a divorce if your partner in marriage is sick, physically or mentally. The entire Pat Robertson staff.., should resign, because of Pat Robertsons' comments. Mike in Montana

    September 16, 2011 at 22:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. 2011cnn2011

    Pat I just lost all respect for you...Jesus said never to divorce...faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love....love sometimes means to having to sacrifice..
    Bearing ones cross....seems you have lost sight of some scriptures that really matter...or are your words greater than Jesus's?

    September 16, 2011 at 22:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      You "just now" lost respect for him!!!??? He's been saying nasty things like this for decades. He's an evil, hypocritical, moron who does business with one of Africa's most murderous dictators. Google diamond mines and Pat Robertson. Didn't you hear what evil things he said after the earthquake in Hatii?!!

      September 16, 2011 at 22:46 | Report abuse |
  19. Ryan

    Pat Robertson is a disgusting human being. All his self-rightous, judgemental garbage will lead him to the deepest depths of hell.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. rw2011

    Why does anyone care what this bonehead says? Natural disasters are God's punishment? And now this? Why does anyone send him a nickel or give a rat's ass what he says? He's an idiot pure and simple. His opinions rank right up there with those of Pee Wee Herman. Wise up, people. Start believing in and voting for reason.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Ulises

    Of course lots of christian extremists are going to listen and agree to this wacko.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Jan

    We've known for a long time that Pat Robertson is an idiot. He proves it every day with his ignorant comments. But this latest revelation is good news for his family - he won't care if they immediately dump him if he's diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. damabl

    Oh Patty boy, You are one hell of a hypocrite.
    If this is your religion, well you can have it!
    You must truely be the low life that I have
    always thought you were.
    Boy, that frame of mind, must really make
    your wife have warm & fuzzy feelings for
    Is it just the money? Republican all the
    I am sure there is a special place in hell
    for you & your cohorts.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. rhonda

    pat robertson, you are a sociopath. you are a psychopath. you are a shell of a human.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • damabl

      I must disagree, you give him too much credit,
      he can not be human, even animals have more c
      ompassion than this little ignorant a** hole!

      September 16, 2011 at 23:18 | Report abuse |
  25. n3kit

    There's more hope for a man with alzheimer's than for a man like pat robertson. The ever present smile on pat's face everytime I see him on tv makes me want to throw up everytime. A deceitful man will also deceived.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Jethreaux

    Another word from one of America's most insipid and incidious character flaws.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. rhonda

    wow! no wonder people say christians are hypocrites. WWJD? hmmm? i think that most christians think that these evangelists represent what jesus teachings are. wow! evangelists are disgusting! they portray christianity to be a circus of psychos worshipping a christ. all that christ wanted was you to follow his teachings, not to worship him or to worship someone else that claims to teach his teachings. We are all human BEINGS, not human DOINGS. theres no amount of money that you can make or car that you can drive or vacation that you can take or power that you possess that will impress Jesus. i bet pat robertson has another woman all lined up. and i bet that he takes viagra.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Don't you people realize?

    Pat Robertson has not been a relevant,christian leader since September 13th 2001, after his display with his master, Falwell had his rant over what caused 9/11

    September 16, 2011 at 22:49 | Report abuse | Reply
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  30. Jacqueline Lewis

    Obviously, Mr. Robertson has not lost a loved one to Alzheimers. If he had, he would know that amidst the illness, it is important to treat these patients with honor... to respect them... to show dignity. They may be losing their minds, but they can surprise you in moments of clarity. Shame on you, Mr. Robertson. I want to say that you anger me... but it's clear that you're not even worthy of stealing that from me. My father had Alzheimer's Disease, and I am sad to know that someone like you - with the capacity to influence so many people - is enormously ignorant about how to discuss Alzheimers. You should be ashamed of your comment.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Suzette

      What exactly was his comment, Jacqueline? Did you watch the show?

      September 17, 2011 at 00:54 | Report abuse |
  31. Allen

    Perhaps Pat Robertson doesn't understand scripture, and so it wouldn't be his fault. The marriage vows state "for better and for worse, for richer and for poorer, IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, till death you do part. Alzheimer's is a SICKNESS. Read the Bible Pat.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. saywhaaat

    Pat Robertson is at the age where he's also at risk of having the disease. Maybe he's giving a message to his wife that if he's at the end stage of that disease it's okay to him to have his wife banging another man while he's languishing with the disease in another room. On the other hand with all of Pat Robertson's rhetoric did it ever occur to his love ones and the journalistic world he might already had the symptoms.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Relictus

    I have to agree with Pat. Once the mind is gone, there's no longer a "relationship" there. People want to hear that someone will love them always, no matter what – but love has limits. Real limits. Cold, hard limits.

    September 16, 2011 at 22:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • damabl

      Then it is not true love!
      Oh, God, protect me from your followers!!

      September 16, 2011 at 23:13 | Report abuse |
    • moi

      Your significant other is lucky-if you ever develop Alzheimer's they have a free pass to dump you in a nursing home and not even feel guilty!

      September 16, 2011 at 23:26 | Report abuse |
    • DCW

      moi–having had a mother with Alzheimer's and a friend with a spouse who's lived with ALS for 20 years, I'd like to think that if I'm incapable of being a functional half of a marriage, that I would give my spouse permission to live a healthy life, go places, do things, accomplish something, rather than tie them to me with vows and promises that often do the them, what disease has done to me. That's not love. Yes, I'd tell my spouse to LIVE. This is something that can actually be discussed and decided before one becomes disabled. Choices can be made while the ability to make them is still there. Do we do it? Or do we live as if it will never happen to us? You'd be surprised how caring that spouse will still be to his/her disabled partner. I wouldn't want to strip someone else CAPABLE of life just because I was no longer capable.

      September 18, 2011 at 14:06 | Report abuse |
  34. Sheila

    I can't believe this. Alzheimer's may rob someone of parts of their abilities but it is not death. That person in their mind rejoices to see a familiar face or hear a familiar word, song, or watch an old favorite tv program. They want to see the grandkids etc.

    The only thing is I caution not to leave someone with this disease alone with someone vulnerable or with young children as they can act unpredictably and even violent. Some caregivers have been killed. Some people with this disease are quite passive.

    See the disease does not affect all the same parts of the brain in the same order in each person, so symptoms and timing of symptoms can vary from patient to patient. But we are to have 1 wife, 1 husband.
    If the husband is lonely, encourage him to be involved in good volunteer work, hobby clubs etc so that he can have friendships and stay busy.

    For people who have family members with this disease: If you hire caregivers, you need 1 day shift, 1 night shift, and 1 weekend shift. This is one of the hardest disabilities to deal with, and caregivers are humans with lives who need rest and to take care of their health too. I find too many families being "cheap" as they are hoping to save as much money as possible to line their own pockets when the patient passes on. There is a God.

    September 16, 2011 at 23:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DCW

      And God has not appointed you co-counsel. How do you know what's in the mind of the afflicted patient?

      September 18, 2011 at 13:58 | Report abuse |
  35. thes33k3r

    Moore: 'Christianity isn't about power...." Ha....Ha Ha......AHHHHHHHHHH Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!! Yeah right.

    September 16, 2011 at 23:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Rose

    One must walk in another mans shoes before they speak. I watched a family that took care of a Mother with this disease. I was horrified at what I saw. The Mother was violent, hit anyone in the house in the face including the children. This Mother lived for several years and they did take care of her. However, this very sick person took all peace from the home. She would leave and walk for miles while family members tried to find her. What I saw was one person in a family that ruined the lives of seven other people. Eventually they got in home help but I will not pass judgement after what I experienced and neither should you. All the reports that I have seen mentions nothing about how violent and dangerous this disease can cause a person to be. It is obvious many of you just do not have the facts. I think Rev Pat Robertson was referring to extreme cases. No one has mentioned that he was trying to stop this man from adultery. If the man is going to start dating other women and having relationships he should divorce his wife first. Did not say it was right but it would be better than adultery. This story has no good answers.

    September 16, 2011 at 23:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mom has Alzheimer's

      While I feel sympathy and empathy for this husband with a sick wife, the fact that he asked Pat Robertson for advice reveals he is probably a Bible believing Christian. Therefore he needs to adhere to what the Bible says and not what Pat Robertson says. It would be the same type of situation if your spouse was brain injured in an accident, became paralyzed in an car crash, had a brian tumor, etc. etc. Life has no guarantees and when you vow "for better for worse, in sickness and in health, til' death do us part" you better mean it or don't say it.

      September 16, 2011 at 23:23 | Report abuse |
    • Mom has Alzheimer's

      The Bible says a person who divorces and then remarries IS committing adultery.

      September 16, 2011 at 23:24 | Report abuse |
    • Suzette

      I have been saying that over and over, Rose. It was about the man seeing other women, not about his wife having Alzheimers. I, too, have seen the severe side of Alzheimers. We were not told the details of the situation. We don't know how long they were married or how severe her Alzheimers is. Only that he has begun to see other women and that he is angry at God. I personally don't judge this man......I haven't walked in his shoes. Neither do I judge Pat Robertson for trying to answer a very difficult question. MOST people doing the judging have not even watched the show and are responding off of hearsay.

      September 17, 2011 at 01:04 | Report abuse |
  37. Mom has Alzheimer's

    Mr. Robertson has just given that man a green light to commit adultery. Show me, Mr. Robertson, where Jesus/God said it was okay to divorce your ill spouse?????????? What if God chose to heal your wife, Sir? What then? What is your excuse going to be then? And if she does eventually die from this terrible, mean disease, you are not a free man until then. This whole thing is shameful.

    September 16, 2011 at 23:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DCW

      What righteous anger! If you're going to spout "what would Jesus do" judgements, this answer this: Jesus defied the law when he defended his disciples plucking and eating corn as they walked on the Sabbath. He said to those screaming "SEE! They just sinned! Now whaddya say to that, Jesus?" Jesus told them, what man having a donkey that's fallen into a ditch, wouldn't retrieve it, even if doing so on the Sabbath is a sin? Hm. What is Jesus really saying? He's showing them the difference between the spirit of the law and the letter of the law. The letter of the law would mean the man couldn't save his donkey, even though it might be the only thing keeping him from starvation or other necessity of life. The spirit of the law allows for reasonable exceptions. You're all saying that a somewhat healthy, functioning relationship isn't necessary? You're telling the man, hey, you promised, well, so did his wife. Stop and go back and read everything that Jesus is attributed to have ACTUALLY SPOKEN. He doesn't go around spouting the letter of the law, which is what God established, he actually breaks law. Everything Jesus spoke of was not to render the law useless or void, but as said, he came to fulfill the law. What does that mean? Maybe it means that the law has come full circle. Maybe in the case Pat Robertson is talking of, a reasonable exception could be made. But shouldn't that be between the man and God? Not you, not Pat Robertson. On judgement day, that man won't answer to you or Robertson, but to God. Judge what is right for YOUR life and leave others alone.

      September 18, 2011 at 14:22 | Report abuse |
  38. Uglyduckling86

    How can you claim that you are so religious?? My grandma had ALzheimers and she didn't even know who my grandpa was by the end. But he stayed totally loyal and faithful to her and wouldn't even let her move into a nursing home. He hired a nurse and spent almost every waking minute with her. He is an example of a true moral man. Unfortunately she passed away, but when she did go, she went in her own home with my grandpa by her side, not like some rejected outcast like Mr. Robertson suggests.

    September 16, 2011 at 23:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DCW

      So all men are supposed to be like your Grandpa? I think not. He did what he felt was right for him, but it doesn't mean it's right for every man. When did God die and appoint you judge, anyway?

      September 18, 2011 at 14:26 | Report abuse |
  39. TheBossSaid

    Just another reason why I dumped Christianity. Even my own wife deserted me when the elders of our "church" threw me out of their church for criticizing them for their ungodly ways. I follow Jesus but I no longer have anything to do with modern Christianity. It's a pile of rubbish. About the only places left where there are true Christians is in China where it costs you your life for following Jesus.

    September 16, 2011 at 23:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. sparknut

    It's been obvious to me for some time that Pat Robertson is suffering from dementia himself.

    September 16, 2011 at 23:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Lenny Pincus

    Oh, after literally decades of saying idiotic horse manure, the US is finally recognizing that Pat Robertson is a con artist? Congratulations for being thirty years behind the curve.

    September 16, 2011 at 23:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Mr. Bojangles

    Can't you see different younger generations doing their own variation of this same thing from whatever, like cancer or ? any real or imaginary convenient thought to name and spin and BOOM! bye bye. Unless you are so shallow you are using someone who is suppose to be family then you must have never really known them or loved them. Whose your best friend? Whose your worst enemy? It's only one person, it's you. My sympathy to everyone who has gone through Lewes, dementia, Alzheimers, MS, cancer, strokes, on and on with loved ones.

    September 17, 2011 at 00:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. CarchariasUh

    Alright, here's the thing about Alzheimer's... #1, it looks like a German word. #2. It happens in brains. #3...I will bet that in 99-100% of Alzheimer cases, there is an ARIES family member who feels like they aren't getting enough attention... #4 Its not funny. #5 My step-dad/step-grandpa was recently diagnosed with Altzheimer's and I got in a lot of trouble when he started showing signs of it, acting ridiculous, and I punched him in the face.... However, I noticed that once I made it clear that I cared about him and was trying to break through that he was out of line, he was back to normal for a while.... And so, the only cure possible for Alzheimer's is really just families checking on their older relatives that they care about...and if they don't care about them, then there should be places for Altzheimer's diseased people that give people without strong families a chance to have a grandma/grandpa... Its not fun to see my grandpa fading... And, its not fun when you realize you have to just stay away from him for the most part because he can't control himself as well as he used to...my grandpa will always be a genius to me and he has been more of a father than my biological one.

    September 17, 2011 at 00:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      dude – you gots issues

      September 19, 2011 at 14:50 | Report abuse |
  44. The Dude

    Conservatives are vile swine.

    September 17, 2011 at 00:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Greg Gilbert

    Doesn't seem very Xtian like, but I don't take issue with Pat Robertson for saying that, it all depends what stage of Alzheimer disease the person has. The person could be end stage and I hope my wife doesn't stick around with me when I don't even know who I am. Let her live her life.

    September 17, 2011 at 00:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. David

    Christians are hypocritical, judgmental @ssh@les. I'm reminded of the bumper sticker which says: Dear Jesus, please protect me from Your followers. These are angry, mean-spirited people. If you doubt this, just read the comments that will follow what I just said from the "Christians" out there. Go ahead. Hate away some more....You know you want to.

    September 17, 2011 at 00:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Jason, Chicago IL

    There's some real modern Christian leadership for you. Do the right thing, unless it's inconvenient.

    That's what Christ did, right?

    September 17, 2011 at 00:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DCW

      Christ also broke the law and defended doing so. Oops! Really? REALLY

      September 18, 2011 at 14:27 | Report abuse |
  48. Jackson

    This is part of the problem when we give a microphone to someone and have him speak for "all" Christians in general. The views of Pat Robertson are just that; his idiotic and moronic views. They are not the views of mainstream Christianity or the people who faithfully attend, worship and support religion in this country. For anyone has attended a wedding in a church lately, the vows include "for sickness and in health; until death us do part." To lump all of us with his stupidity is the same thing as stereotyping all Jewish people as being cheap, all Mormons as having multiple wives or all Muslims as being on a jihad. Aren't we past the point where one person creates a stereotype?

    Pat Robertson has proved time and time again that he shouldn't be given a microphone or his fifteen minutes of fame. He and Glenn Beck should drive off together somewhere in a sound proof room where they can't pass along any more garbage in the name of religion.

    September 17, 2011 at 00:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Sherri

    I wish the stupid media would quit quoting this idiot. He is a crazy man who says crazy things. I am not a religious person, but, I took a vow when I got married and it did say 'for better or worse, in sickness and in health'. I can see the moral dilemma, but still, if you take a vow...

    September 17, 2011 at 00:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. jon markham

    This is a case of another wacked out user type who is merely using religion to cover up his personality disorder and other issues. I am actually the most religious American of all and I don't even go to church.

    September 17, 2011 at 01:00 | Report abuse | Reply
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