In today's "Shockingly Bad Advice from an Old White Hypocrite" column, we're featuring long-time contributor Pat Robertson, who said Tuesday that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer's is, like, totally cool, because the disease is "a kind of death."
Fielding questions from viewers, Robertson was asked by a man what kind of advice he should give to a friend who began seeing another woman after his wife started suffering from 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."
He added that the man should "Get some ethicist besides me to give you the answer," which is probably the best advice he's ever given.
Robertson's co-host, Terry Meeuwsen, asked him about the whole vow part of marriage, particularly the kind of relevant part about caring for your spouse "for better or for worse" and "in sickness and in health."
"If you respect that vow, you say 'til death do us part," Robertson responded. "This is a kind of death."
I'm going to skip over the hypocrisy of calling a pile of cells a human life in the abortion debate and calling the gradual erosion of mental faculties death when it comes to caring for a spouse because, well, duh.
And yes, of course it's hard for married couples when one partner has Alzheimer's. But that's what you signed up for. Marriage is apparently only an unbreakable and sacred vow when we're trying to prevent gay people from taking part in it — for the rest of us, it's still just something we can wiggle our way out of with specious reasoning when things get tough.