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Pence: Criticism of Wife’s Job at Anti-LGBT Christian School ‘Deeply Offensive to Us’

How do you feel about the second lady teaching at an anti-LGBT school?

by Countable | Updated on 1.18.19

What’s the story?

  • Vice President Mike Pence is pushing back against critics questioning his wife’s new job at private school that excludes LGBT+ students and faculty.

Karen Pence recently accepted a part-time job teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, VA, which bars teachers from engaging in or condoning “homosexual or lesbian sexual activity" and "transgender identity.”

“My wife and I have been in the public eye for quite a while. We’re used to the criticism,” the vice president said in an interview with Eternal Word Television Network. “But I have to tell you, to see major news organizations attacking Christian education, is deeply offensive to us.”

He continued:

"We have a rich tradition in America of Christian education and, frankly, religious education broadly defined. We celebrate it. The freedom of religion is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution prohibits a religious test for holding a public office and so we’ll let the other critics roll off our back, but this criticism of Christian education in America should stop.”

What are both sides saying?

"Mrs. Pence has returned to the school where she previously taught for 12 years," the second lady's spokeswoman Kara Brooks said in a statement.

"It's absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school's religious beliefs, are under attack."

Human rights and LGBTQ+ organizations didn’t see it quite the same way.

What do you think?

Is this about freedom of religion or discrimination? Do you support the second lady teaching at a school that discriminates against LGBTQ+ students? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman


(Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Gabriel Silva)

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  • Ronda
    Voted Sad
    01/18/2019
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    I find the Pences’ bigotry “deeply offensive.”

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  • BeStrong
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    01/18/2019
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    Mr Pence, THIS is what ur offended about? Not holding 800,000 Americans hostage Over a damn wall, or Hundreds of Unaccounted for Brown Children at the border, or his own choice to lie Everyday to protect his president. Of course he chooses to be offended on behalf of his religious zealotry. Go ahead snowflake, BE OFFENDED. I’ll just sit here amused as hell. AND, Mrs Pence, ur in public life, ur fair game, stand up and take it like a woman.

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  • Richard
    01/18/2019
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    The trump-pence oligarchy is deeply offensive to millions of Americans.

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  • Miles
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    Hilarious. It’s a private school that people voluntarily go to. They aren’t discriminating, you are for forcing your views. If you don’t accept Christian values, don’t go there. No one criticizes muslims for being anti-lgbt though because they’re a minority in America & pretty high on this years leftist Intersectionality Power Rankings.

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  • Craig
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    Frankly , Mikee I don’t care if you are offended. You are as anti LGBTQ as it gets and your wife teaching at a school that will not hire teachers who are or even CONDONE homosexual acts. Therefore you are supporting this school and its bigoted ways. You are supposed to represent ALL Americans. ALL. So if you are offended, go cry with your boss in the Oval Office. Both of you are the biggest babies around. No wonder this country is the laughing stock. Oh and btw, I think though doth protest too much. I’m just saying. RESIGN!!!

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  • RjGoodman
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    What Mrs Pence does is her business. While I don’t agree with her position, I believe in her right to exercise it. I will continue to advocate for the LGBTQ community and not worry about her.

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  • Max
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    Another offended snowflake.

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  • godquestion
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    01/18/2019
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    It seems the Progressive Left just woke up the other day and realized that the Christian folks actually exist! And there are some who still believe a lot of the same things that all humans have believed for literally the entire history of the human race until the last decade or so. I do find it interesting how the media spins the school as being "anti" anything. As if the school was put in place for no other reason than to be against certain lifestyles. Never mind that all humans at all times and all religious beliefs have held such beliefs for...like...ever. Shocking!

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  • TrulyTexan
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    Awww. Did someone hurt the bigots feelings. Such a snowflake! You hate people for how they are born. We hate you for how you choose to be. Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it.

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  • Chickie
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    01/18/2019
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    You best check yourself VP Bobblehead. You preach your Christianity as exclusive, not inclusive. You place yourself above others who don’t fit your ‘normal’. As VP, you are suppose to serve ALL Americans, not only those who conform to your way of life. My God, my Jesus, loves and accepts all of us. My God, my Jesus, preached to all people. My God, my Jesus broke bread with people from all walks of life. My God, my Jesus, told us we should love our neighbor as we love ourselves. He did not point fingers, practice racial profiling, turn His nose on people who were not ‘like’ Him. Nor did He place Himself above others because of how they choose to live.

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  • Ellen
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    Inclusion not exclusion. They are awful people and should not be in public office or allowed to ‘teach’ children

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  • Mike
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    Not a very inclusive statement from the pence. This is not an attack on religion, his wife works for a school that discriminates, this is not an American value. She could have chosen a school that welcomes everyone but chose not to.

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  • burrkitty
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    Frankly, mr. Vice-prick, I don’t give a damn. You choose to be a bigot. You choose public office. You choose to be a public bigot. Choices have consequences. Every nano-gram of scorn heaped on your shameful head was brought on by yourself.

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  • Ellen
    Voted Sad
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    The Vice President, like any other official, represents the country. America is increasingly left behind as the rest of the world moves forward. We should instead take the lead and embrace the future and stop clinging to the past. If she were a private individual, no one would care but with her position, it further enforces the harmful prejudice against the LGBTQ community that not only breaks families but also leaves children and members of society vulnerable to the worst of hate crimes.

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  • Gabby
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    Anybody who cares about the LGBT community and their rights to exist would never teach at an institution that bans LGBT expression, regardless of their religious orientation. There are Christians who accept and welcome and are part of the LGBT community. These are just bigoted Christians. And it sends a big message to the country when our leaders align themselves with bigotry.

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  • Lee
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    Welp...I guess if you’re badass enough to discriminate against people, you’d better be badass enough to deal with being offended. Whining, delicate snowflakes.

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  • Jacob
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    Poor example to set for the American people. The Pence’s are a perfect example of a people who are using God’s presence and energy destructively.

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  • Hunter
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    Umm... Pardon me, but don’t you think it’s “deeply offensive” to the people of the country who happen to be LGBTQ in the FIRST PLACE?! I mean, people are free to believe whatever and do as they wish. (of course) When you’re literally a national leader or one of the faces to represent the country though? To OK inequality is never a positive platform to stand upon, nor is it a positive message to send to today’s youth or anyone for that matter!

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  • Stewart
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    Cry me a river.

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  • KansasTamale
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    The beliefs of that school are antiChristian. For them to call themselves Christians is an assault on Christ. He would be ashamed that they thought their actions were in line with his. NOW. Should Mrs Pence be teaching there?? OF COURSE NOT!! The constitution guaranteed every citizen had EQUALITY. She should NOT be teaching there. Students being excluded & treated horribly as that school, means that Mr Pence doesn’t believe in the constitution- he should not be in the position he’s in because he does NOT represent ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE US.

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