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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Divorce in Alzheimer's Cases


Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson stunned "700 Club" viewers Tuesday when he said divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer's disease was justified.


The remarks sparked outrage throughout religious and medical communities.  

"I'm just flabbergasted," said Joel Hunter, senior pastor of the 15,000 member Northland Church in Orlando, Fla. "I just don't know how anyone who is reading Scripture or is even familiar with the traditional wedding vows can come out with a statement like that. Obviously, we can all rationalize the legitimacy for our own comfort that would somehow make it OK to divorce our spouse if circumstances become very different or inconvenient. ... That's almost universal, but there's just no way you can get out of what Jesus says about marriage."

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Posted by: Oklahoma City Divorce Attorneys | Sep 22, 2011 7:38:11 PM

Pat has been known to make radical statements like that in the past.

Posted by: Oklahoma City Cleaning Service | Sep 23, 2011 6:42:22 PM

I can't believe he said that!!!

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Lawyer | Sep 23, 2011 6:51:16 PM

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