The crackpot left won’t let this story go. In a Friday piece for The Guardian, staff writer Jessica Valenti became unglued over the ridiculous media hubbub that Mike Pence stated in 2002 that he doesn’t eat alone with another woman or attend events with alcohol if his wife Karen isn’t present.
Valenti’s column entitled “Mike Pence doesn't eat alone with women. That speaks volumes” was one of the more unhinged hot takes out there and lecture by a liberal to religious conservatives about how faithful marriages should be handled.
“I have to hand it to conservatives: it’s 2017, and somehow they have Americans debating whether it’s appropriate to dine alone with a woman,” Valenti began before adding how conservatives “are commending Pence’s marital devotion and moral fortitude, claiming that such a rule is a smart defense against sexual temptation.”
Naturally, the snarky liberal tried to use the words of conservative writers Erick Erickson and Matt Walsh against them, touting their thoughts on married men interacting alone with women to childishly joke: “Why overwhelming sexual desire is only a danger over a plate of pasta, I’m not sure, but perhaps this explains the noticeable lack of women in White House photos – they’re all out to lunch!”
Invoking President Trump’s comments in the infamous Access Hollywood tape, Valenti continued:
Never mind what it means for the (very few) women who work in the White House, who apparently can’t count on business dinners or mentorship over a meal. The underlying message of a rule like Pence’s is the same one that’s taught to teens in abstinence-only education classes: men can’t control themselves when alone with women.
It’s an insulting view of men, a limiting role for women – we’re there to either entice or domesticate – and an archaic take on gender roles more generally.
A couple things about these claims. The entire premise of this renewed but worthwhile emphasis (supported by leftists) on college campuses to stop the epidemic of sexual assault is predicated on the notion that “men can’t control themselves.” So, Valenti should have treaded more lightly.
Secondly, the entire liberal, feminist worldview is rooted in the evils of the entire male gender, whether it’s harassment, misogyny, obsessing over women as objects instead of people, or women losing elections.
Before getting to the last point, here’s portions of Valenti’s conclusion:
While we were all fighting about Pence’s dinner plans, though, Republicans were hard at work attacking women and their rights while putting on a show of caring about gender justice.
And while Pence trended on Twitter for his old-school sexism, what went largely unremarked on was that the vice-president cast the tie-breaking vote to push forward legislation that allows states to discriminate against Planned Parenthood and other healthcare providers that provide abortion when giving out federal Title X funds.
Pence is a misogynist. We know it from his voting record, we know it from the things that he’s said about women’s rights and now we know it because of his odd personal rule not to dine with women alone. But let’s not let one man’s sexism distract us from his whole party’s sexist agenda.
Lastly, this entire column showcased how the largely-faithless journalism industry remains either ignorant or disregards the realities of sin and human temptations. A few places have tried and failed to correctly cite Bible verses pertaining to sexual temptation, but it’s worth a shot to set the record straight.
Here’s a few examples (using the New King James Version) that doesn’t even include the famous seduction of Joseph by Potiphar’s wife (that hopefully liberals are familiar thanks to Joseph and the Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat):
- 1 Corinthians 6:17-19: But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
- 1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
- Colossians 3:4-5: When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
- Hebrews 13:4-5: Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.