Pat Robertson: Disobedient Wives ‘Must Be Spanked’

Jun 17, 2013

Pat RobertsonChristian television personality Pat Robertson stoked controversy today by telling a female caller that disobedient wives should be spanked by their husbands.

On a segment on the long-running 700 Club the 83-year-old Robertson explained to a woman seeking relationship advice that an occasional slap in the rear is the clearest path to marital bliss.

"Ma'am, with all due respect, it seems like the problem in your marriage is disobedience," he told the caller. "When a wife disobeys her husband the holy bond between the two starts to disintegrate and all sorts of problems start to crop up.

"The apostle Paul tells us in Corinthians the importance of submission. And when you lose that submission in a marriage, there's only one solution: a sound spanking on the bottom.

"Wives must be spanked by their husbands. It's the only way to keep biblical order. Nothing too hard, just enough to let her know he's the one in charge. So I have to ask, when was your last spanking dear?"

Hear Her Roar

The woman, who had called for advice about her husband's serial infidelity, was shocked by Robertson's question and responded angrily.

"Excuse me?" she admonished. "I ask you how to confront my husband over his cheating, and you tell me to get spanked? My's husband's never spanked me. I would never let that happen.

"And what kind of crazy, chauvinistic mummy would even suggest such a thing? Do you ever think before you speak? Or are you trying to sound like a outdated male pig?"

"You see that's exactly the kind of attitude that tells me you're not getting the discipline you need at home," Robertson retorted. "If your husband kept you in line, you wouldn't have such a mouth on you sweetheart.

"I know you're confused with all the the feminism, lesbianism and vegetarianism in our culture. But God made woman to do three things: obey men, have babies and cook meat. So stop worrying about what your husband is up to, and just get back to basics."

Robertson is the chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network and a former Southern Baptist minister. He has hosted the Christian news program The 700 Club since 1966.

  • Karen Mitchell

    So that’s how ole’ Pat gets his freak on – spanking Mrs. Pat.

  • vito33

    Robertson went on to say, “My personal recommendations for a good healthy spanking include the ‘Tantric Satin Pleasure Whip’ or perhaps the ‘Fur Lined Paddle’, which when combined with, say, a candy-flavored ball gag, really do the trick. I know it’s kept my marriage going strong!”

  • polliwogg

    Any man who ever lays a hand on me had better give his soul to god immediately. Cause once he falls asleep, his azz belongs to ME!

  • sonofeire

    The Daily Currant is SATIRE . Robertson never said any such thing.

  • Larry

    At least he’s not saying behead your wife like Obama’s friends in the ‘religion of peace’.

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    This is yet another example of what religions and/or beliefs in imaginary
    gods does to both man and/or society. Sad. :O/


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  • radsenior

    This pompous pulpit pounding preacher promulgates pleasure spanking women! These are the same tactic and beliefs of the Taliban, Al Qaeda and radical Muslim sects. Women are possessions, not human beings! It is beyond belief this man has any credibility left. Wake up, America! We need to vote out of office these radical fringe elements! Wake up America and vote out the combative TEA-types from local and state offices! The 2014 Mid-term is a-coming! As is 2016, and 2018!

  • kcponte

    Hey Larry, Hate much?

  • de braincleaner

    this is satire, right??

  • Bobbie Jo Justice

    just call me Miss Disobedient. ….. pat, a question for you, what if the woman likes to be spanked?

  • Your satire is almost as good as The Onion. 😉

  • No, but he has been pretty close which is why I had to do a double take on this one.

  • Cece

    Sadly, I read several headlines and didn’t figure it was satire until “pope comes out as gay.” I could totally see Ann Coulter refusing to fly with a black pilot.

  • stupidityannoysme

    Exactly what office does Pat Robertson hold?

  • lostlegends

    How very Moslem of Old Pat.

  • Right.

  • Guest

    All of this sounds straight out of the Onion or from Andy Borowitz. You know, robertson is a very strange man and the good thing to come from this hysterical rant from him is that it says in no uncertain terms where the modern repub party stands. Wives are to be treated like children. What an idiotic answer from robertson. And I really like that she gave it back to him. That was pure pleasure to listen to. I do have some advice for the woman who called this wack. Leave your husband. Just do it. If he cheats once he will cheat again. On the flip side it’s true also. If you want to play around just don’t get married. It would solve a lot of problems. I hope this all turns our okay for her.

  • You do realize that this is satire, right?

  • Jimmy Ball

    When was the last spanking of your monkey Mr. Robertson?

  • dominickJ

    Robertson is a archaic A###hole!!!

  • msmoderate

    Ol’ senile sob is into S&M & ignorance.

  • msmoderate

    I think he meant to say vagina terrorism.

  • msmoderate

    Way more bizarre than “The Onion”. What a wonderous freak, yet he’s mainstream. Go figyah.

  • Churchlady320

    None of his “mandates” is in the Bible, but adultery is a sin via the Ten Commandments. Wow – talk about cherry picking the Bible? He just makes stuff up.

  • Churchlady320

    Don’t be a sap – Christianity says no such thing. He’s just rolling his own. It’s an example of what dementia does to one’s brain. He’s pitiful and hardly to be taken seriously.

  • April Guardi

    Oh thank the gods!!!!!

  • gailallen

    These stories leave me with tears in my eyes …I’m laughing so hard…this is now my number one site for entertainment …good thing I’m not American so to be its just good humour whether true or false …no attachment to it at all ..just a full belly laugh…good job Daily Current

  • Just Truth

    Chill out, this isn’t true. Good grief.

  • Noreen Antao

    He has got it all wrong. The man is supposed to be the spiritual head of the household not use this to make his wife cook, have babies and do whatever he wants her to do. The wife is the bride of the church (Christ) and should be treated as that! Well I feel better I got my 2 cents in :}

  • radsenior

    Satire or not – There are stupid people who are gullible enough to run with this and make it believable. Forrest Gump said: “Stupid is as stupid does!” This yayhoo holds no political office, but his minions of followers are those gullible. This posting reminds me of the Wall Street Journal, quoting the Heritage foundation, with Rush Limbaugh’s high school picture proudly displayed, glorifying Jim DeMint as passing gas upwind from everyone else – NEWS-worthy?

  • TheMadProfessor

    Is it really accurate to describe Pat as 83 years old? Sounds to me like his brain died a long time ago…

  • radsenior

    He holds no political office, but there gullible people who follow his every word!

  • radsenior

    True or not – There are stupid people who are gullible enough to run with this and make it believable. There are some who follow like lemmings and do not research the failings of pompous pulpit pounding preachers. This posting reminds me of the Wall Street Journal, quoting the Heritage foundation, with Rush Limbaugh’s high school picture proudly displayed, glorifying Jim DeMint as passing gas upwind from everyone else – NEWS-worthy?

  • anon

    I watched the 700 club from June 17th – yesterday – and none of this was there. Pat always reads questions and answers them – he never dialogues with people. So this is obviously some sort of sick satire.

  • Papa Smurf

    Oh how Christians forgot the Garden of Eden. Thinking that women are possessions and not help meets (aids). Let me remind the men of this country that woman was taking from man, not from his head to be supreme, nor from his feet to be walked on. But, from his side to be EQUAL, from under his arm to be PROTECTED, and close to his heart to be LOVED and RESPECTED. “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and
    he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
    And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and
    brought her unto the man.” Genesis 2:21-22

  • vito33

    Don’t tell them that!
    Their comments are funnier than the story!

  • Kory

    Look if you think it is right,or wrong really doesn’t matter .. What does God say , cause none of you really has a say in the matter ..It only matters what God says

  • Guest

    Q. Are your news stories real?

    A. No. Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to
    address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to
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  • Guest

    Good grief. Robertson never said this. It is all satire! Read The Daily Currant’s “About” page!

  • mellow 1

    The story was funny, but the responses are FUNNIER!!

  • roygbiv

    People…this is a JOKE for pete’s sake…poor Pat. Oh my gosh!!

  • Mahboob Khan

    Finally, Pat Robertson is sounding like Muslims. He seems to be inspired by Qur’an 4:34 “Men have charge of women because Allah has preferred the one above the other and because they spend their wealth on them. Right-acting women are obedient, safeguarding their husbands’ interests in their absence as Allah has guarded them. If there are women whose disobedience you fear, you may admonish them, refuse to sleep with them, and then beat them. But if they obey you, do not look for a way to punish them. Allah is All-High, Most Great”. The intention is to avoid the drastic step: divorce!

    I am glad that the Truth is coming out from a Christian leader.

  • Mahboob Khan

    Men love to spank the bottom of women out of love. Ha ha.

  • Mahboob Khan

    Now a days penis and vaginas are out of control that’s why we see bastards everywhere.

  • Yee L. Yang

    Bill Burr’s got it right LOL.

  • tom

    some women like to be spanked and demand it.

  • janet james

    Man you have lost it. No where in my bible kjv does Jesus say to spank his wife you show me that. Maybe you did to read that part again!!!! God help you he is cheating on her the only reason GOD gives for devorice read again

  • BethQ

    You go Pat, said by a VERY happy Christian wife!! He has a terrific sense of humor and at 83 years old, I love how he puts things so “right out there” God bless you Sir!!

  • Gram11

    The Bible says wives should be obedient, BUT, it also tells husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church and “gave Himself for it”. If a husband loves his wife like that….it’s not hard to let him be the leader of the household. BUT, what if the husband beats or psychologically abuses his wife? I don’t believe that Christ would want us to “submit” to that.

  • Joan Rogers

    I dare any man lay a hand on me in such a manner. Husbands and wives submit to one another. Maybe Pat needs a good old fashion thrashing by another man. He must be senile. I do not care to hear this man anymore. He had better get right with God before it is to late. I hope his wife puts the fry pan to use, over his head knock some sense into him.

  • algebra

    was this first published in The Onion?

  • Sukanth Kumar

    What’s wrong with it??? Don’t judge the Ministers of God it is not your work, don’t serve satan with these gossips ,”if you feel wrong talk to him in person if he does’nt respond write him a letter if he doesnt respond again speak to the congregation if he doesnt respond again tell it around the world in public” this is what Paul says. As i’m anointed with the Spirit of the Most High i can tell you guys He is very disappointed with this repent now!

  • Guest

    You all had better wake up and realize a demon when you see one.

  • Guest

    I am not a troll. I am a woman who sees what is happening in this world. It is so sad that men actulaly advise others to do evil to women. Women in the United States of America. I keep telling you all to rise up and stand together and support eachother and stop being so catty to other women. I keep blogging about how evil men are and this man shows the real evil. We are in our last days. Now this man is hiding behind religion and some people will actually believe him to be real.
    Women please speak up and stop being so scared to have an opinion!!
    Valley Wildcat 6-24-13

  • Joe Rizoli

    I really don’t think spanking is Biblical for errant women. But I do believe that headship if applied by Biblical standards in a loving way works. It’s when headship principle is violated by the MAN and by the woman that we get problems with marrige, the kids and everything else. The Bible has some very specific loving ways for men to deal with their wives. The wives are to be cherished as the ‘weaker” vessel. Also remember, the headship principle puts man under Christ so how the man treats his kids and wife is going to make him accountable to the Biblical headship principle. Belive me, most men have no idea of this headsip principle and what is Biblically required for them as husbands.
    It is not easy to follow or put into practice by todays standards.

  • Leah B

    Excellent, any husband who takes this neanderthal’s advice can be charged with assault and battery and put behind bars. We can wipe out this crap in a few months.

  • Sophia

    This is stupid I watch the 700 club all the time he didn’t say this at all! I don’t like the daily currant this sarcasm is straight up offensive to Pat cause people are actually believing this!

  • Alexandra Schoonover

    What an idiot! This is just violence wrapped up in piety. And it just promotes the Devil.

  • Alexandra Schoonover

    Uh! Can a wife spank a disobedient husband? Naughty, Naughty boy!

  • charben47

    Tough girl, huh? You do have a right to your own opinion There are times that it’s not what you say that counts, it’s how you say it and how you mean it. Sorry, but with that kind of attitude and attitude, if I was a man, I wouldn’t want to lay a hand on you either. In fact, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near you. You sound too gruff. Maybe you’re the one that should do some soul searching yourself. It would help you to be a softer, gentler woman.

  • charben47

    God wants men to be the spiritual leaders in their families as well as the head of their own households. Sorry, feminist ladies, but you just can’t have two people in a marriage both wanting to be in control, make the final decisions and run the show. It doesn’t work that way and God knew it. That’s why he gave that responsibility to the man. He made Adam with a larger frame and Eve with a smaller one. To be honest, I don’t really know for sure the real reason God chose the man over the woman, but he did tell Eve, after she ate from the forbidden fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, in the middle of the Garden of Eden, that her desire would be for her husband and HE (her husband) WOULD RULE OVER HER. (his wife) Also, as a Christian, and since I believe in him, his word the Holy Bible, and love him, who am I to question him?! He created the heaven and the earth, the universe and all that’s in it. I think it’s safe to say, He knew and still knows what he’s doing. He doesn’t make junk, people do. It’s been said that men are logical and think with their brains, women are more emotional and think with their brains and hearts. A funny note now: Mrs. asks Mr. “Do you love me still?” Mr. answers Mrs. “Yes, better than any other way!” I do agree with that God would rather have men treat their wives in a loving ways. I mean if God chastised us and spanked us men, woman and children for every sin, every wrongdoing infraction we committed against him and our fellowman, none of us would have any bottoms left to spank, or at least. they’d be flat, not rounded. I don’t think Pat Robertson is condoning physical violence against women. Some women are very strong willed. high spirited and will fight like a cat with claws to have their own way Sometimes, when all else fails first, then a few firm swats by her husband’s hand on his wife’s bottom could be all it would take to: 1. Show her that he means business and is going to get his point across to her. 2. That he is doing it out of love, concern and care for her, not to be mean, only to correct and show her the error of her ways. and 3. It will help her to remember she needs to think twice before she does something like that error again. No, she’s not going to like it, I know I wouldn’t , not to mention it would sting, be humiliating and embarrassing. It might hurt a little, but I think it would probably hurt her pride more. Hopefully, he get through to her and she will tell him how sorry she is that she disappointed him. Afterwards, it’s very important for her husband to hold her close, comfort her, let her know he loves her, especially if she’s crying and that he didn’t want to have to do that to her. I don’t think that is abuse, but not every woman needs it and it should only be used as a last resort and not very often. Isn’t that better than a marriage breaking up and children getting split up by a divorce.

  • polliwogg

    So, I see you believe that smacking your spouse around is acceptable behavior?

  • charben47

    Polliwogg, are you kidding me? First of all, the only thing I believe in smacking around are my lips when I’m eating something yummy. Second, I wouldn’t even dream of smacking my spouse (husband) around, because he’s bigger, taller and stronger than I am, and I wouldn’t like the consequences that would most likely be levied against me by him, if I did. I’m not that stupid. Personally, I don’t believe that smacking your spouse around, as you call it, is acceptable behavior. However, I was looking at it from a man’s (husband’s) point of view. Since God wants him to be the leader and head of his family, and only when all else he does, fails to get his point across to get through to his wife, and only as a last resort, a few firm swats from his hand to her bottom may do wonders and or wake her up at least. Everyone is different. A husband should know his wife well enough to know what will work for her. I’m not talking about abuse here either, a correction is more like it. Some wives are very strong willed, highly spirited and want things to always go their way, others are more compliant, and then there are those who would cry their heart out if their husbands so much as lifted a finger on them to correct their errant behavior. I don’t that is abuse, if it’s done out of love and concern for his wife, for correction. I don’t believe in or condone any physical violence, mental or sexual abuse. God doesn’t want any woman to be treated that way or for husbands to be harsh with their wives. By the grace of God, I’ve been blessed, married to a good man for 40 years and have never been taken in hand (spanked) by my husband. I would be mortified, embarrassed , and humiliated if he did. But I’m pretty sensitive, it doesn’t take much for me to be cry be crushed and feel bad when my husband is unhappy with something I’ve done. No one feels worse about it that I do when he tells me that he’s disappointed with me. In my case, he doesn’t have to physically correct me. Now I want to and need to apologize to you for the first comment I made to you. I’m sorry if I offended you, That’s not like me to make someone feel bad. I guess it just hit me the wrong way how you said it. I wish you the best Polliwogg. Take care and God’s Blessings always!

  • charben47

    Amen, Kory!

  • charben47

    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1st Corinthians 13 verses 4-8.)

    An now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1st Corinthians 13 verse 13)

  • charben47

    Quit spanking her.

  • charben47

    That’s the trouble, they demand it!

  • charben47

    Wives are not to be treated like children, but when they act like children who are spoiled little brats, always wanting things to go their way, they shouldn’t be surprised if their husbands treat them like children.

  • charben47

    Good, mature men who respect God and women don’t “love” to spank the bottom of women, period! Men who “love” to spank the bottom of women don’t do it out of love for them, they do it because they like to concentrate and inflict pain on only one area of women’s bodies, place themselves above women, take control of women, it makes them feel important, and they get turned on sexually by doing it. Men who really respect and love women know of nicer and better ways, than that way, to love them.

  • charben47

    Only if a husband agrees to let his wife do it, and, or a wife is physically stronger than her husband is so she will be able to handle him. The chances of one or both of these two possibilities happening for a wife measure slim to none. My question is, why would a wife even want to, when there is a better way to handle his disobedience to her without causing him physical pain? She may be upset and feel angryenough to hurt him physically, but she would be much better off to:
    1. Distance herself from her husband long enough to calm down, chill out, get rid of the anger, and relax, so she can think things through, in a better frame of mind.
    2. She then can think about how her husband disobeyed her, and how it hurt her. She can ask herself how important this is to her and their marriage on a scale from 1 to 10. She can think about what she’s going to say to her husband and how she’s going to explain it to him. She can pray about it, as well. It, also, would be a good idea that she thinks about some of the nice things he’s done for her, in the past, and remember how happy they both were on their wedding day.
    3. When she’s ready, she can go talk to her husband (hopefully he won’t be preoccupied at that time) and tell (confront) him, in a civil manner, what he has done and why it hurt her. She needs to let him explain fully, listen carefully, and not interrupt him. Then she can give him her feedback on what he was saying. Chances are he already knows he’s wronged her, and is already feeling bad about it. If he’s a good husband, he will tell her he’s sorry. may ask her to forgive him, and who knows, he may even bring her or send her a bouquet of flowers in a few days or less. The most important thing, though, is that they talk it over together, that it gets resolved so that both of them feel right and good about it.

  • Karla

    I think this “pastor” was severely sexually abused as a child. Poor guy.

  • Sadie Legrande

    Still running his mouth with stupid senile babble I see.

  • Sadie Legrande

    He probably was.

  • Sadie Legrande

    He’s more like the minister of senile delusions. I can’t wait for his funeral.

  • Sadie Legrande

    He is senile. Why do you think he goes on endless retarded rants and endless incoherent babbling about nothing? He’s delusional. Senile.

  • Sadie Legrande

    Demons aren’t real.

  • Sadie Legrande

    Well god has to be real first. Otherwise who gives a flying hoot?

  • Sambini

    Some of these comments are hilarious but the fact that so many don’t realize that this is all satire is kinda scary.

  • Bun Beating Fun

    What Pat has failed to consider here is that some husbands lack the god-given will to do the illustrious deed. Blame it on low testosterone or watching Lifetime TV, it is the sad reality nonetheless.

    Therefore, we here at Bun Beating Fun would like reach out to those pathetic wimps and lend a hand as it were… well, to some of them anyway. We do ask that they send us a recent picture of their misbehaving wives first.

    Praise the lord.

  • Igor

    Russia is best in pilitic policy. and spanking to be good for person who want it.

  • Igor

    is politic Russia best then yes. spanking for people is fun if the people think it fun.

  • Oleg1014

    it is that Russia the people like spanking if not act good. man can get spank from woman yes. and spank it hurt butt or fanny.

  • Concerned Christian

    He has gone nuts! He is a perfect example of why people don’t trust Christians. I am a Christian, and it is amazing that ministers misinterpret scripture to suit themselves. So I guess if she just kept her mouth shut and obeyed her husband, then he wouldn’t cheat…he is profoundly misrepresenting the true interpretation of the scripture. Cheating, whether the wife or husband, is a sin! Period! And, for the cheater to obtain a “get out of jail free” card instead of taking responsibility for his/ her actions is absurd! He didn’t directly say that, but it is strongly implied. If I were this woman, I would seek advise from someone other than a TV evangelist. Find an humble man or woman, one that seems to seek to live out the fruit of the Spirit. Someone who doesn’t expect you to donate to their cause or ministry. Someone who is Christlike! Christ was sacrificial, and He DID NOT treat men or women the way that Pat Robertson suggests. Why would any woman want to get married if she was going to be treated like this??? I am so tired of some of these ministers who think they are mini-gods. It is doing so much damage to our lost world! People need to see that we (Christians) are the real deal! None of us are perfect, but our character should attract people to God!