Well, televangelist and former Republican Party presidential candidate Pat Robertson is at again.
On the Christian Broadcast Network's “700 Club” television show Wednesday, Robertson fielded a question from a woman seeking advice about her cheating husband. She explained that in her view, her husband had committed the ultimate act of betrayal and that she was finding it impossible to forgive him. His philandering had ruined their relationship and destroyed any notion of trust that she once thought they shared. Should she find a lawyer and move on?
The “godly” Rev. Robertson ignored her pain and her points about trust, betrayal and forgiveness. The first thing she must do, he ordered, is: "Stop talking about the cheating! He cheated on you, well, he's a man."
And in a most condescending and patronizing tone, he asked why she was getting so worked up about her husband's sleeping with another woman? What's the big deal, kiddo?
Instead, he offered that what she should do is focus on the beautiful life she enjoyed with him before discovering his wayward ways. The good reverend broke it down into nice, neat, precise socioeconomic terms that anyone can appreciate. He listed the benefits that she'd been receiving all of her married life—basically free of charge.
"Does he provide a home for you to live in, does he provide food for you to eat, does he provide clothes for you to wear, is he nice to the children … is he handsome?"
Being married to a handsome man is particularly important, you see. That alone—having a handsome husband—is an extra added benefit for any woman. I mean, after all, what self-respecting woman wants to be married to an ugly man?
And, then there is this about handsomeness: Handsome men are expected to and do have carte blanche to cheat.
Okay, not just handsome men, but all men, really. “Like it or not, males have a tendency to wander a little bit,” the Reverend Robertson told the woman. It's the law. Well, not God's law, maybe, but certainly nature's law.
But! All is not lost. Robertson, ever the problem-solver, offered her a sure-fire, fail-safe solution: "What you want to do is make a home so wonderful that he doesn’t want to wander."
You see, ultimately, it's always the woman's fault anyway.
So, because men cheat simply because they are men; because they have no control over their libido, women must understand and accept and live with this truth.
Wives must make the best of what may, at first, appear to be a painful situation. They must look on the bright side. Be positive. "Don't worry, be happy," as it were.
Instead of fussing, nagging, and harping on what is “wrong” with your life as the wife of an adulterous pig, said the Rev. Robertson, "Begin to thank God that you have a marriage that is together and that you live in America and good things are happening."
Pat Robertson is a leading light in the Republican Party. He's run for president more than once, and to this day, presidential hopefuls seek out and compete for his advice and endorsement.
Also, his is the party of “traditional family values,” don'tcha know. Same-sex marriage is strictly taboo, of course—a sin against God and man. But, adultery is ... well, just “natural” and inevitable, at least as far as men are concerned. I doubt, however, if Robertson's “view” works in the other direction. Cheating wives. Wonder what he would say about that.
I have a question for Rev. Robertson myself: Where is this “truth” found in the Bible? Especially the part about “nature's law” versus “God's law”? I thought they were one and the same, God and nature.