Friday, September 16, 2011

Divorce Aligns With Alzheimer's, Says Pat Robertson

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Perhaps one of the biggest criticisms of the evangelical right in America is a tendency to interpret scripture to support or prohibit activities that are considered desirable or less by the party invoking the Bible or the interpretation chosen. (This can be illustrated by a protest sign in favor of gay marriage last year saying: "Leviticus also says not to cut his hair, but I think we're jumping out of it."

Case in point, said that the Bible Thumper, Pat Robertson, argued that divorce is allowed, if one spouse becomes ill with Alzheimer's. Although divorce is not generally considered acceptable among conservative Christians, compared Robertson crippling form of dementia, usually found in older people to be "like death", thus justifying a divorce morally.

At least some Christian leaders have a problem with that. Joel Hunter, pastor of Northland Church in Orlando, Florida, ruled against the creative interpretation of what he believed to be the word of God, saying that Robertson went to the slippery slope was:"I'm just blown away ... I do not know how those who read the Bible, or even familiar with the traditional wedding vows can come out with a statement like that. We can, of course, no rational justification for its convenience, which would in some so make it OK to divorce a spouse if the conditions become very different or uncomfortable.

Hunter continued:

"Of course, you could do it for nothing. ... My husband watches and plays video games, and he left the marriage, and it's like a death ... He is not dead, and if we can not begin to describe things like death, which really is not dead and we must stop trying to distort what Scripture says to our own convenience. "

Funny, this debate is a topic that religion and science converge against the Robertson controversy evaluation. While church leaders have condemned the statements, so does the medical profession sees the ravages of the devastating disease every day. Dr. Amanda Smith, medical director of the University of South Florida Health Alzheimer Center in Tampa, Florida, had this to say about Robertson's statement:

"In order to support the abandonment of her husband in the throes of this disease of the mind flying is absurd. Although Alzheimer's disease certainly affects the dynamics of relationships, marriage vows are taken in sickness and health" .

Have you seen the effects of Alzheimer's disease? Do you think that the abandonment of the ill spouse is morally or intellectually of notice? He followed the teachings of Jesus?


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