Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Just Beat Her

Pat Robertson, sometimes televangelist and occasional political commentator has just voiced a fairly strong opinion about what he thinks one should do when their wife won't listen to them.  And it's a winner.  It's probably his best wacky statement since he said that Todd Palin should hold Levi Johnston under water until the thrashing stops.  That was a good one!  Here's the marital dilemma he was faced with:

Michael wrote:  "My wife has become a real problem.  She has no respect for me as the head of the house.  She insults me and she even went as far as stretching her hand to beat 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.

As you can tell, Michael has quite the dilemma on his hand. The first problem being that he sees himself as the "head of the house" and expects to be worshiped like a king.  Head of the house?  Really, Michael?  Maybe your wife is just sick of your condescending attitude.  That aside, he's looking for some help and for some reason, turned to Pat Robertson.  His response?  "Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her. "  OK, then.  That's kind of hard to argue with, yet there's really so much to say about it. 

His co-host woman decided to take her response to the level of "In lieu of that..." to see if maybe he could come up with something a little less inflammatory.  That didn't really go so well.  He replied, "You don't want to go to Saudi Arabia?  You know, I think...this man's gotta stand up to her, and he can't let her get away with this stuff.  And, uh, you know, I don't know...I don't think we condone wife beating these days, but something's gotta be done to make her..."  And here is where his female cohort chimes in with: "Not physically...I mean, why would she not want to talk through their problems?  That's so unlike..." Ummm, what?!  Why would she not want to talk through things?!  Maybe because he's a jackass who thinks that he's the head of the house and she knows that there's no point in talking to him because unless she worships him and never speaks up, it's not going to be considered 'resolved' in his mind.  And that's so unlike...what?  A woman?  OH, trust me.  Women are very good at not talking about things.  We can go for a very long time without talking.  And at first, men enjoy it.  Then they start to get a little worried.  Then they become afraid.  But back to Pat. 

 He continues on his addle-brained advice with:  "She is just totally, uhhhh, uhhhhh, uh, 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.  And she probably had temper tantrums when she was a kid and you know, the little girl and 'I hate you!  I hate you!'  And she wants to slap her father and that's the same kind of thing.  She's just...she's transferred the father.  Now, she might...well...I hate to say that everything's gotta need some psychological counseling, but..."
Wow.  A guy he doesn't even know anything about writes him six sentences and from those six sentences he can already tell you what the guy's wife's childhood was like and what his wife's demeanor is like.  That's amazing!  He should be on America's Got Talent.  (He'd probably get more votes than those dogs that do all of the tricks.)  And I can see why he's teamed up with whoever this woman is because she jumped in with:  "But I think you need a third party here."  Right.  Because Michael gave you all of the information that you needed to know in those six sentences.  Basically, he's not being respected by his bitch of a wife and he's the perfect individual at all times.  Sure.  Who wouldn't get that impression from what he wrote? But wait.  There's more! 

Pat continues on with:  "Yes.  Definitely.  But that's the problem.  She does not understand authority.  When she was growing up, nobody made her behave.  And now, you've got a 13-year old in a 30-year old woman's body and she is acting like a child.  Now what do you do with that?  You can't divorce her according to the scripture.  So, I say move to Saudi Arabia."  And the cohort laughs and laughs!  Because how funny is wife beating?  Pretty funny!  It's hilarious!  There's no other solution than to just beat her into submission.  That seems to be a pretty good idea to Pat.  And he seems genuinely disappointed that we're not condoning wife beating anymore.  (Did we ever really condone it?  I'm not so sure that it was a cultural norm that was ever totally embraced by all.  But that's just me.) 

And this guy still has some sort of a show?  People are actually writing to him and asking for 'advice'?  Maybe it's because he tells them what they want to hear.  "You can't divorce her, so just beat her until she steps back in line!"  That's essentially what he has said without actually coming out and saying it.  Well, he did kind of come out and say it.  But he sort of tried to take it back.  Doesn't matter though.  Once it's out there, it's out there.  Is he married?  He probably is.  And I'll bet you that if I asked his wife if he was the "head of the house" she'd say yes.  Why would she say anything different?  After all, she wouldn't want to get beaten.

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