Rosie Gray writes at BuzzFeed:
Televangelist Pat Robertson, who campaigned with Mitt Romney this past weekend in Virginia, advised a viewer of his show today to move to Saudi Arabia in order to be able to beat his wife.
Robertson's tone indicates he's joking -- “Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her,” he said, adding that the man "can’t divorce her according to the Scripture, so I say: Move to Saudi Arabia.”
The response came as part of the 700 Club's "Bring it On" segment, where viewers can send in questions for Robertson to answer.
Robertson's tone is that of someone trying to inject humor into a very difficult marital situation. He did not succeed.
My advice to Robertson: It's foolish to try to offer specific counsel to married couples on air, especially if you are not trained in these matters, and especially if the only information you have is a letter from a viewer.
It is important to respect the biblical insistence that, yes, there are real answers to the basic challenges of life in a broken world, but none of this is to applied in a simplistic, ham-fisted manner from afar.
Speaking of Saudi Arabia, Robertson himself may not need to leave the country, but with this kind of on-air performance, he may want to consider leaving TV land.
Watch the segment on video here.