10 years ago, if people heard the Second Lady was choosing to make time to teach children art alongside her other many duties, what would they say? They would applaud, undoubtedly.
Not today. Because after Obama's terms, we live in a different America: one where the biggest sin is being associated with anything anti-LGBT, especially within a religious context.
And that's the firestorm Karen Pence finds herself in now after deciding to resume her previous teaching position with Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia. The Second Lady had taught there for 12 years before her husband became vice president, while he was representing Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District.
After the news was announced, Newsweek (amongst others) came after Pence, calling attention to the private school's stance on LGBT matters. "Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, has started a job teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia, which refuses to enroll LGBT students and hire LGBT employees," reported Newsweek.
Indeed, and appropriately for a private Christian school, Immanuel does have a biblical policy about sexuality, as outlined here: “Moral misconduct which violates the bona fide occupational qualifications for employees includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as the following: 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, and sexual abuse or improprieties toward minors as defined by Scripture and federal or state law.”
Franklin Graham took to Facebook on Thursday to defend Pence. "I’m thankful that our nation has a vice president and second lady who serve and represent our nation so well! Karen Pence was a teacher for 25 years before her husband Vice President Mike Pence was elected as governor, then vice president," said Graham.
"Now she is investing in the lives of young students by teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Virginia twice a week. What a memorable blessing this will be for these students! The Pences set a great example—let’s remember to pray for them in all of their responsibilities."
Pence's spokeswoman similarly blasted the "absurd" criticism. “It’s absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school’s religious beliefs, are under attack,” Kara Brooks said.
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