You may have already seen this:
Reprehensible? Yes. Surprising? Sadly, no.
Three things occurred to me while watching this abomination. First, these comments, coming as they do from a noisy – even obnoxious – political “defender” of marriage, only serve to make the case for extending civil marriage to everyone. If, as Robertson apparently believes, marriage is nothing more than a contract that can be voided upon the incapacitation of a contracting partner, not an enduring, divinely sanctioned covenant, then he has no grounds whatsoever for claiming some special privilege for heterosexual unions.
Second, during the 2005 controversy over the removal of Terry Schiavo’s feeding tube, Robertson characterized the judge’s order that the stricken woman be removed from life support as “judicial murder.” In the video above, Robertson justifies divorce on the grounds that a woman with Alzheimer’s is “gone,” that Alzheimer’s is a “kind of death.” He goes on to say that he wouldn’t “put a guilt trip on” a man who decided to abandon a wife who is, in Robertson’s view, all but dead. Huh? So, in 2005 it was “murder” to remove the feeding tube of Terry Schiavo, who every medical expert agreed was in fact “gone,” but in 2011 it’s okay to abandon a spouse with Alzheimers, despite the fact that she continues to be conscious, alert, and will even enjoy many moments of crystalline clarity? Again, he has made the case for those who wanted to end Schiavo’s ordeal, even those who wanted it ended precipitously. Again, if his standard for “life” is so low that he counsels divorce and abandonment of an Alzheimer’s patient, he hasn’t a leg to stand on when someone wants to pull the tube from a woman in a persistent vegetative state.