Watch: Pat Robertson Says It's Ok to Leave Your Spouse if They Get Alzheimer's [VIDEO]
Robertson: Alzheimer's is "a kind of death."
Pat Robertson has a gift. The 700 Club host has that extra special way of reaching deep into your soul, grabbing your heart ... and destroying every notion you carry that mankind might be a sane and compassionate species. His powers were on full display this week, as the televangelist claimed it's OK to leave your spouse if they get Alzheimer's.
Robertson, infamous for his controversial far-right views, said on his Christian television show that a man has the right to divorce his wife if she has Alzheimer's because it is "a kind of death."
He was responding to a write-in question from a man who felt he should be able to see someone else while his wife was dying from the terrible neurological disease.
"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," Robertson said.
But, what about that whole "for better or worse, in sickness and in health" bit from your marriage vows? Surely that must be a sin.
"If you respect that vow, you say 'til death do us part,'" Robertson said. "This is a kind of death."
Unsurprisingly, Robertson's shocking callousness toward the devastating disease prompted a wave of complaints to the 700 Club. On Wednesday however, Robertson's network said he had no further comment on the issue.
But don't take let Robertson have the last word. While Alzheimer's can put a severe strain on a marriage, experts say it is by no means a death sentence.
"I don't think an Alzheimer's diagnosis is like death," Beth Kallymer with the Alzheimer's Association told CBS News. "Even in the final stages, people can still connect and relate and have a need for intimacy - even when they don't know who you are."
Check out the clip of Robertson below.