Pat Robertson was asked that question. His answer was simple: you’ve got to stand up to her, and oh, how he wishes he could announce on television that you should beat her.
How clever! To simultaneously advocate domestic violence while distancing oneself from it, and at the same time get in a little Muslim bashing! Who says Pat Robertson is senile? He’s not — he’s just evil.
But he’s wrong. You don’t need to be a Muslim to beat your spouse; we’ve got relatively few Muslims here in mostly lily-white Minnesota, and we’ve still got a tremendous number of domestic violence cases.
One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. 1 One in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
The majority (73%) of family violence victims are female. Females were 84% of spousal abuse victims and 86% of abuse victims at the hands of a boyfriend.
And then there’s this juicy statistic: in Minnesota alone in 2006,
5,295 battered women and 5,131 children used
Minnesota emergency shelter services.
Were they all Muslim? Hey, Pat, maybe you can crack a joke about how those 5,000 women and children have learned a little something about submission and respect.