(National Sentinel) Un-Christian: The editor of a faith-based website lobbed a criticism at Vice President Mike Pence’s stated rule that he never dines alone with women who are not his wife, launching a cascade of anger and outrage from the Veep’s supporters.
Earlier this week, The New York Times published an op-ed by Katelyn Beaty, an editor-at-large for Christianity Today, bearing the headline, “A Christian Case Against the Pence Rule.”
Discussing the Pence rule in the context of the Harvey Weinstein scandal — a Hollywood executive accused of widespread sexual abuse — Beaty said despite the fact that some people say the rule would prevent those kinds of accusations, that’s not necessarily the case.
“[T]he Pence rule is inadequate to stop Weinstein-ian behavior,” she wrote. “In fact, it might be its sanctified cousin. It’s time for men in power to believe their female peers when they say that the rule hurts more than helps.”
Beaty wrote that her experience with the rule, which is practiced by scores of Christian men other than Pence out of respect for their wives and relationships, was that it led to an obsession with preserving the appearance of purity instead of common sense.
She added that he precept of the rule was mistaken.
“The Pence rule arises from a broken view of the sexes: Men are lustful beasts that must be contained, while women are objects of desire that must be hidden away,” Beaty wrote.
“Offering the Pence rule as a solution to male predation is like saying, ‘I can’t meet with you one on one, otherwise I might eventually assault you.’ If that’s the case, we have far deeper problems around men and power than any personal conduct rule can solve,” she claimed.
Critics say that the rule says nothing of the sort, but is intended to avoid contact that might be later misconstrued as improper by a partner or spouse.
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Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume tweeted that though it was mocked initially, mostly by liberals, Pence’s rule was “looking better” all the time in light of so many sex scandals among Hollywood types and political figures.
“Mike Pence’s policy of avoiding being alone with women other than his wife looking better every day, though widely mocked when it first became known,” he tweeted.
Many Twitter users attacked Beaty, saying he wasn’t trying to protect himself from assaulting women but from being wrongly accused as doing so.
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