Pence defends wife's teaching job at school that bars gays

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Vice President Mike Pence defended second lady Karen Pence's decision to take a teaching job at a school that discriminates against LGBTQ individuals and families, suggesting that the uproar over it is an attack on Christianity.

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Mike Pence ultimately concluded, "The criticism of Christian education in America should stop".

Pence is referring to his wife's employment at Immanuel Christian School in Virginia, where she will teach art.

"We hope Immanuel Christian School will adopt policies of inclusion for LGBTQ young people that make them feel safe, accepted, and loved".

Criticism was swift, with HRC's JoDee Winterhof saying that the Pences "never seem to miss an opportunity to show their public service only extends to some".

The Vice President continued, "We have a rich tradition in America of Christian education and, frankly, religious education broadly defined". Last year, he spoke at a summit hosted by the Family Research Council, designated an anti-LGBT "extremist group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"The attacks on Christian education by the mainstream media have got to stop."
Tune in tonight for part one of my full interview with the Vice President on @EWTNNewsNightly at 7 PM EST on @EWTN.

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It requires them to believe in and practice biblical sexual morality and traditional marriage between one man and one woman.

Specifically, the school's policy prohibits "moral misconduct" including "heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites".

Karen Pence has taken the rare step of accepting a teaching position during her tenure as Second Lady of the United States.

The school also requires parents of students to sign an agreement that the school can deny admission to or remove a student whose behavior or lifestyle is "in opposition to the biblical lifestyle the school teaches".

The literary trolling, however, comes with what the Trevor Project calls a "heartfelt note" urging the school to change its student and employee policies.

In response, The Trevor Project announced that it has sent 100 copies of a pro-gay book created by talkshow host John Oliver, which is a parody version of a children's book illustrated by Karen Pence about the vice president's family rabbit. But it's unlikely the school library has an LGBTQ corner.

Cue headlines like this: "Karen Pence teaching art at school that bans gay students, parents".

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