Accusations by women who allege sexual harassment by men in high-profile positions are usually either denied outright or followed by an apology.

Immorality and criminality issues are clear, yet neither is the root cause of this behavior. The root cause is “elitism.” The perpetrator typically is an elite member of his profession with the power of his position. The victim is typically a powerless subordinate whose career is at risk.

Even when apologies of “remorse and regret” result in forgiveness by the victim, such forgiveness needs to be followed by still another action by the man if individual and community reconciliation is to be achieved. That action is repentance.

Repentance means “to change one’s way of life as the result of a complete change of thought and attitude with regard to sin and righteousness.” (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament Based on Semantic Domains, 1988.)

Bill Clinton. Ted Kennedy and others apologized profusely – as has Sen. Al Franken -- yet no behavioral change is in evidence (i.e., no repentance).

Alabama Judge Roy Moore totally denies his alleged harassment of teenagers 40 years earlier. He can’t apologize if he denies the allegations; however, his unblemished and unchallenged behavior during the ensuing 40 years tells us, even if he did “cross the line” earlier, he demonstrably “repented” long ago.

This reality of repentance is totally ignored by Establishment (elite) politicians and members of the (elite) media. Moore’s proven repentance alone should permit his candidacy to continue and, if elected, permit him to serve.

John Pryor, Bakersfield