Vice President Mike Pence is offended that you’re offended.
Pence — who has a rich history of support for an anti-gay agenda — shot back at criticism of the school his wife was recently re-hired at to teach art, calling the uproar over its policies “deeply offensive.”
“To see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us,” Pence told the Catholic Eternal Word Television Network. “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. … We’ll let the critics roll off our backs, but this criticism of Christian education in America should stop.”
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Shortly after it was announced Karen Pence was hired at Immanuel Christian School part time to teach art, reporters surfaced aspects of the school’s application process that requires potential employees to sign off on school policies that include banning gay and transgender people from attending or teaching at the school.
Similar morality contracts are common practice at evangelical and Catholic schools, but the application language raised eyebrows given Mike Pence’s past support for legislation that allows discrimination against LGBT people among other things.