Hey, Christian singles! Pat Robertson, host of Christian Broadcasting Network’s The 700 Club, is chock full of dating and marital advice. New girlfriend’s family look more like a sloppy bowl of United Nations soup? Dump her. Tired of the “til death do us part” vow after your spouse has been devastated by Alzheimer’s and you want get back on the prowl? Divorce her. Your betrothed acting like a petulant child, unwilling to accept you as the head of the household? According to Pat Robertson, convert to Islam and beat her.
“My wife has become a real problem,” writes a distraught husband, Michael, in a letter to Robertson. He continues, “She has no respect for me… I’ve lost my self confidence. Her words hurt so much and she refuses to talk through our problems. Please tell me what I can do.” Robertson’s sound advice? “Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her.” But he wasn’t finished there:
I think this man’s got to stand up to her and he can’t let her get away with this stuff. I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days, but something’s got to be done. She’s rebellious. Chances are she was rebellious with her father and mother. She’s a rebellious child and she doesn’t want to submit to any authority… You’ve got a 13-year-old trapped in a 30-year-old woman’s body and she is acting like a child.
“What do you do with that?” asks Robertson, “You can’t divorce her according to the scripture. So, I say, move to Saudi Arabia.”
If this Michael has a 13-year-old trapped in a 30-year-old’s body for a wife, perhaps he should consult someone with experience in these matters like Mark Ruffalo, for a gentler approach.