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Vice President slammed for his 'sexist' principle
By Bill Noles, Jr.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken – Ecclesiastes 4:12
In a world that is moving away from absolutes and becoming many shades of grey, it’s refreshing to see one of America’s top leaders taking a stand to honor and respect his marriage.
But, by doing so, Vice President Mike Pence is being slammed by some politicians, entertainers, and the mainstream media for his principles.
The Washington Post recently published a profile of second lady Karen Pence, recalling the vice president’s comments from 15 years ago, stating that he won’t have dinner alone with another woman other than his wife, or attend an event where alcohol is served without her.
Several days later, on ABC’s "The View," three co-hosts slammed the vice president for his non-conforming principle. Sara Haines, Joy Behar, and former baseball player Alex Rodriguez called it sexist and discriminatory against women by making it harder for women who want to get ahead and meet Pence.
Jedediah Bila and Sonny Hostin, also on the show, both disagreed and said that it was a sign of respect for Pence’s marriage.
"He’s in politics, in one of the sleaziest towns in the country," Bila told the audience in Pence’s defense. "Walk into these bars in D.C., look at a happy hour among politicians and you know the history of politicians that cheat on their wives, that cheat on their husbands. I think it’s nice to see someone say, ‘look, if you want to get ahead, let’s do it in a professional environment, you’re not going to compromise my family or my values.’"
"To Hollywood and the media, it’s more acceptable for a politician to cheat on their spouses and ‘sext’ random women with their young children present, than it is to actually have a healthy, respectful marriage," said Kristine Marsh, of MRC NewsBusters.
"The dust-up shows how radically notions of gender divide American culture," wrote Emma Green of The Atlantic. "That idea might seem disorienting to more socially progressive Americans."
"He seems to be following a version of the so-called Billy Graham rule, named for the famous evangelist who established similar guidelines for the pastors working in his ministry," Green said. "In his autobiography, Graham notes that he and his colleagues worried about the temptations of sexual immorality that come from long days on the road and a lot of time away from family."
"I have to confess: As a present Calvinist and as a former management consultant, I find this all exhilarating," acknowledged Andrew Exum, also of The Atlantic. "The Pences, at the very least, seem to have a healthy understanding of their own weaknesses. And that’s something to which we should all aspire."
"It’s about building a zone around your marriage," Pence said back in 2002. "I don’t think it’s a predatory town, but I think you can inadvertently send the wrong message by being in situations."
Pence also said he often refused dinner or cocktail invitations from male colleagues, too.
Many religions suggest practicing something similar. Orthodox Jews, fundamentalist Muslims, and others refuse to be together alone with the opposite sex if they’re not married. They all believe one thing: The sanctity of marriage should be protected, and sexual immorality should be guarded against at all costs.
"If the worst thing people can say about Mike Pence is that he’s a good husband, then he’s accomplished something very few politicians have," Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, wrote in his weekly newsletter. "Unfortunately, we live in a day and age when marriage is rarely revered—in definition or practice—so the idea that the vice president would take intentional steps to protect his own has apparently come as a shock to some of the elitist media."
"A man tries to do the right thing, but because of partisan politics and the inability of people to see each other as human first, even the simplest decent act is derided as something it’s not," said Gregg Carlstrom of Faithwire.
"I’m thankful we have a Vice President who respects and protects his marriage!" Reverend Franklin Graham, who oversees the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse, posted on Facebook. "Satan is perpetually trying to destroy homes and marriages. We have to be alert and on guard."
"It’s not sexist, as some in the media want to make it out—it’s just smart," Graham said. "You protect and guard the things you cherish. Marriage should be one of those things."
Let’s pray that in the face of ridicule, the Pence’s example will make an impact on others in Washington, D.C.
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous – Hebrews 13:4
This week pray:
- For Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen as they continue to live out biblical principles
- For others in Washington, D.C. to follow the vice president’s example
- That marriage in America will once again become a sacred principle
Bill Noles Jr. is a former Christian newspaper publisher, an entrepreneur, author and writer. He and his wife Diann live in Albany, OR.
The following expressions and comments are from our members and do not necessarily represent or reflect the biblical, world views or opinions of the Presidential Prayer Team
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