A creative, cunning, communal response to Pat Robertson

Posted: 20/09/2011 in Uncategorized
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It’s a general policy of mine not to hurl out rage porn or otherwise be inflammatory when I write this blog. Which is why I decided to wait a full 24 hours before posting my thoughts on our dear friend Pat Robertson. If you did not catch the buzz yesterday, here’s the relevant info.

Leaves you a little speechless doesn’t it?

The only person I have ever known to have alzheimer’s was my late grandfather. I assure you, he did not suffer a “kind of death” and his family did not abandon him to a rest home. In fact, I visited him about once a week before the time of his death.

As obscene, callous, and disgusting as this response is, many people believe that it is more the result of dementia than malice. What is great about the internet age is that we do not have to wait for a doctor’s prognosis. We can simply ask the man himself. So, just as the reader sent this great question about the alzheimer-stricken woman and her husband, let’s ask Pat Robertson if he’s lost his marbles. Here’s how I’ll word my e-mail.

Dear 700 Club,

For many years, my church community has listened and followed to a great Bible teacher. He has been loved by many and we have all given him spiritual and financial support. Sadly, our teacher is aging now. He has said some things that do not sound Biblical. Many of us our concerned that he is showing signs of dementia and possibly even the beginning of alzheimer’s. Despite our prayers, we are still very worried.

Is it acceptable to call for this minister to step down, even though he is very kind and has been a teacher for years? What should the congregation do?

Yours,

Georgia Stulteris

Please join in on the effort if you care.

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Comments
  1. Kelly Mercer says:

    As much as I dislike Pat Robertson, I agree with his statement that Alzheimer’s is a kind of death, especially once it has passed a certain stage. I’ve described it as such for years and I know many that describe it this way as well. My grandmother’s illness went without treatment for far too long (she had been prone to lying and had estranged herself from my mother for a few years) and by the time she was receiving any sort of care it really did nothing. The worst part about it was that she was in great physical health and was thus such an extreme danger to herself and anyone that she lived with that it took moving her several times before we found a home that was suitable and the moves did even more damage. We felt relieved when she came down with pneumonia and simply hoped it would end because she, as a person, had been dead for a long time already and if she actually physically died then we felt we could finally mourn for the last time (as opposed to mourning after every visit in my case). She forgot my mother and all three of her husbands. Only my mom’s father was alive at the time and he was furious that she could forget him, so I can understand the bitterness that this man might feel towards God over the illness. Knowing the type of man my grandfather is, if he had been married to my grandmother still he would have started seeing other women as well.

    This isn’t to say I agree with divorce or with seeing other women or with abandoning your spouse or anything that is or might be happening here. Its the time that they are from, all of these aging men, none of them really know how to grieve. This is exactly how my grandfather grieved the death of his last wife, by shacking up with other women. People that can’t express their feelings often resort to sex because its a release of intense emotion and allows them to feel something when they’ve shut everything else down for fear of hurting too much.

    Pat Robertson is an idiot not because of how he describes Alzheimer’s, but because he thinks that divorce will allow this man to grieve for his wife, but his actions will stay the same and his actions are an avoidance of grief. What the man really needs is counseling and a support group, like everyone that has an aging parent or spouse with Alzheimer’s and everyone that is experiencing intense grief. Then he will learn to come to some kind of peace with the situation and perhaps even peace with God, which is not what Pat is advocating for at all.

    I’m not sure if these sentiments lend themselves to being involved in your effort or not.

  2. Jin roh says:

    Thank you for the very nice post and story about your Grandmother, Kelly.

  3. “A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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