Vice President Mike Pence has been under criticism recently for saying that he does not attend events with other women unless his wife is present.
The controversy began with an article published in The Washington Post about Pence’s relationship with his wife, Karen.
Karen Pence has been characterized as her husband’s confidante, prayer warrior, and supporter.
Pence reportedly had a special phone installed in his office in the White House which is a direct line for his wife to reach him.
Pence has said that he does not attend events where he would be alone with other women if his wife is not present, especially if there is alcohol involved.
"In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either," the Post reported.
Although this may seem like a simple act of respect for a spouse and a protection of his marriage, Pence’s adherence to the so-called Billy Graham Rule, has brought on the heat, especially from liberals.
Philip Sherburne, editor of Pitchfork, even went so far as to compare Pence’s guidelines for his marriage to Sharia law: “So the GOP is up in arms over Sharia law, yet Mike Pence won’t have a business meal with a woman that’s not his wife,” tweeted Sherburne. “Sure, that checks out.”
Others condemned Pence’s decision not to be alone with other women from a biblical perspective. “Jesus warns against this--if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. Problem is, sin is never in the hand. It’s in the heart,” tweeted Laura Turner.
Conservative writer and commentator Maggie Gallagher said she was “fighting off liberals on my Twitter account” regarding this issue. “They have this theory that it somehow disadvantages his women employees. I’m guessing in reality the women who work for him are grateful to have a boss who doesn’t hit on them. It’s not that hard to leave a door open or invite a colleague in,” she wrote.
Photo courtesy: Reuters/David Becker
Publication date: March 31, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.