Having trouble with your wife? Here’s a simple solution: move to Saudi Arabia and become a Muslim. That way there will be no problem when you need to slap her around to put her in her place.
So says the one and only Pat Robertson. In a recent segment on his television show, The 700 Club, a man called in asking for advice on dealing with his wife who was causing him trouble. Robertson told him his best option was to move to Saudi Arabia, become a Muslim, and beat her, using lines such as, “he can’t let her get away with this stuff.”
Robertson then puts the icing on the cake by making sure to remind the man, “You can’t divorce her, according to the scripture.”
Apparently beating and controlling your wife is much better and much more holy than divorce. Is this really the type of society people want to live in? I have so many issues with this, I’m not even sure where to start.
Robertson makes sure to remind the caller that divorce is not okay according to the bible. He enforces this idea, and yet the first suggestion out of his mouth after hearing the man’s problem was to become a Muslim so he could beat her. How completely off-the-charts addle-minded do you have to be to even think that calling a marriage quits and 2 people going their separate ways is a worse offense than a husband putting his hands on his wife in a violent manner? If it weren’t for the fact that he backed up what he was saying with the bible, people would see him as a complete psychopath for these comments, and yet once he adds “according to the scripture,” it all makes sense and he will even have people agreeing with him and supporting his words.
After his co-host, Terry Meeuwsen interjects, making sure to remind Robertson, “Not physically,” he then goes on and tries to analyze the wife’s behavior, dating it back to her relationship with her father. Now, all of a sudden, he’s a therapist, but the worst one I’ve ever heard. He talks of this girl as if she’s a child, acting out, and once again, emphasizes that she needs to be controlled.
I’ve got an idea, let’s just send Pat here to Saudi Arabia instead. We’ll see how he likes it there.
In the meantime, I continue to hope every day for a time when women are not viewed as property, when women are not treated as though they are there for men’s enjoyment and use, when women can actually be seen as people.