Follows Lesson From Evangelical Preacher Billy Graham
When allegations began to surface about the sexual misconduct of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, some suggested the solution lies in a philosophy propagated by Vice President Mike Pence.
The VP became a hot topic of discussion on social media when it was revealed through a publication in the Washington Post that he never eats alone with a woman who is not his wife. Pence apparently never attends events that feature alcohol without his wife Karen either.
One of the people who were most vocal in light of the Weinstein story was the former deputy assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka. The British-born intelligence analyst said that the entire debacle could have been easily avoided if people had adopted the Pence way of thinking.
“Billy Graham Rule”
Although now highly attributed to the Vice President, the paradigm was popularized by famous televangelist Billy Graham and is actually quite rampant among evangelicals. The criticism for Pence came from a perspective that the stand purported men had no capacity to draw lines and control themselves when alone with women. It was also seen as a limiting factor for women who would essentially miss out on the opportunity to network and build productive relationships in such environments.
Gorka basically reasoned that if Weinstein lived by the standards preached by Pence and Billy Graham, he would have never been in the position to perpetuate the evils he did. While it is safe to assume that a perverted person will find a way to achieve their deranged means, there is a slight difference from where Pence was coming from.
As a public and political figure, it is not just about what might or might not happen between two people in a private setting. The challenge then is to ensure that no one is denied opportunity because of loose morals from deranged men while maintaining an unquestionable image as a visible figure.