The revelation that the vice president won’t dine alone with other women has sparked heated discussion on social media.
The revelation that Vice President Mike Pence never eats alone with a woman other than his wife has sparked an interesting and rather heated debate on social media.
According to a recent Washington Post profile of Karen Pence, the vice president told the Hill in 2002 that he never eats alone with any woman but his wife. He also reportedly told the Hill that he wouldn't attend events that served alcohol without his wife.
The Post profile characterized Karen Pence as a strong influence in her husband's political career and an integral part of the Trump campaign.
The story also explored the couple's evangelical Christian faith and its impact on their personal and political lives.
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As writer Laura Turner explained in a Twitter thread, Pence was following an evangelical Christian practice known as “the Billy Graham Rule.”
In 1948, renowned American evangelist Billy Graham vowed never to be alone with another woman other than his wife to avoid even the appearance of an inappropriate relationship and to protect his marriage, according to a Christianity Today article.
Turner acknowledged that the Billy Graham rule came “from a good place,” but she criticized its modern day interpretation, saying it was “dehumanizing” and reduced women “to sexual temptations.”