Romney campaigner Pat Robertson tells man to beat his wife

Mitt Romney spent Saturday campaigning with religious right extremist Pat Robertson.  Romney was using Robertson to “prove” that he’s a “real” Christian.

Which is ironic, since most would question Robertson’s claim to speak for Christianity.  (It also makes you wonder what Mitt Romney thinks a real Christian is – if he thinks Pat Robertson is God’s messenger.)  Here’s Mitt and Pat together at an event this weekend.

Yesterday, fresh off of campaigning with Mitt Romney just 48 hours before, Pat Robertson told a caller to his TV show to beat his wife. Via Right Wing Watch:

For example, today on the 700 Club’s “Bring It On” segment where viewers ask Robertson questions, one man wondered how he should go about repairing his marriage with a wife who “insults” him and once tried to attack him.

Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her,” Robertson responded. “This man’s got to stand up to her and he can’t let her get away with this stuff,” Robertson continued, “I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done.”

He later said the woman is a “rebellious child” and pondered if she has psychological problems. Robertson told the viewer that since he “can’t divorce her according to the Scripture, so I say: move to Saudi Arabia.”

Robertson’s network has now censored the broadcast, but fortunately Right Wing Watch got it first:

It’s not clearly if Mitt Romney is just as confused about Christianity as Robertson, or whether he’s simply pandering to extremists again, in a desperate effort to save his floundering presidential run.

Either way, it’s time for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to issue a statement about wife-beating. Are they for it or against it?

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