September 17, 2011

Idiot of the Week: Who is the Idiot Here?

If there is one thing my Idiot of the Week posts have had in common, it would be that he idiocy they highlight is fairly easy to spot. Some may disagree with my choices, but few would argue that there wasn't at least some idiocy there worth highlighting. This one may be a bit different.

Pat RobertsonPat Robertson is undoubtedly an idiot. He has been "honored" in this series many times for saying incredibly stupid things. He is one of the Christian extremists who can be counted on to claim that his god is punishing people or buildings through natural disasters, and he's well known for his bigotry.

In spite of being a real Christian, Robertson seems to have finally gone too far for at least some Christians. However, this is where you'll have to decide whether this latest bit of idiocy rests more with him or with his critics.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that some Christians are upset with Robertson over some recent comments he made on his "700 Club" about those suffering from Alzheimer's disease. After a caller reported that a friend has recently started dating other women while his wife is afflicted with Alzheimer's, Robertson said:
What he says basically is correct. 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.
This prompted a flood of negative comments on Christianity Today's blog from Christians claiming that he was not being sufficiently "Christlike." The dean of the school of theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary even issued a statement denouncing Robertson as violating some sort of "gospel."

So who is the idiot here? Was Robertson correct to suggest that someone should consider divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer's (presumably in the later stages of the illness), or were his critics correct? What do you think?

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