Very few people will be taking Pat Robertson’s marriage advice seriously…we hope. On a recent broadcast on the “700 Club”, an “elightened” husband wrote in and asked Robertson’s advice on how to make his wife toe the line and see him as head of the house.
Robertson, who is considered a highly moral man by his flock, did not admonish the sexist husband for not seeing his wife as his equal. Instead, he offered this commentary:
“Well, you could become a Muslim — then you could beat her,”
Okay, everyone close your mouths because there is more. In case you might think that Robertson caught this blunder and tried to make amends, think again. After laughing about this comment with his female co-host, The televangelist continued with his thought and said,
“I think this man’s gotta stand up to her and he can’t let her get away with this stuff,” Robertson said. “I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something’s got to be done.”
While non-radical Muslims everywhere are going, “What?”, I too am perplexed by these comments. I might be a little misinformed about Christian teaching, but exactly when did Jesus say beating your wife is okay? I can’t seem to remember learning this. Maybe while everyone was focusing on eating their miracle loaves and fishes, Jesus just snuck that rule in there when no one was listening. Or maybe it’s a missing Beatitude or the less known Silver Rule. Yes, that sounds logical.
Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Silver Rule – Beat your wife senseless if she doesn’t think you are king.
Well, do not worry if you missed this important broadcast. Rumor has it that on next week’s show, Robertson will instruct his flock on other controversial domestic issues such as when it’s okay to knock off the elderly and infirmed and how to blowtorch puppies to rid them them of demons.