Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, is returning to teaching, baduming a job as an art teacher at a Christian school in Virginia, where she previously taught. The school prohibits LGBTQ students and employees. Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia prevents employees from engaging in homobadual "badual activities" and does not approve "transgender identity" in accordance with their employment application. A "parent agreement" says that it will not admit students who participate in or tolerate homobadual activity.
"I recognize the importance of a family culture based on biblical principles and I accept biblical family values, such as a healthy marriage between a man and a woman," says the parents' agreement. "My role as a spiritual mentor for my children will be taken seriously."
Such a requirement is common in Christian schools, and the Immanuel Christian School specifically prohibits all badual activity outside of marriage (premarital bad, coexistence, extramarital bad, for example) in addition to homobadual badual activity. The wording of "transgender identity" focuses on an identity, not an activity.
The application also asks school personnel to sign a commitment to "live a personal life of moral purity." Applicants are also asked to explain their "opinion on the creation / evolution debate".
Pence previously taught at the school for 12 years, while her husband Mike Pence was in Congress. As Second Lady, Pence has also promoted art. In 2017, he announced a platform called "Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART", highlighting artistic therapy as a mental health profession.
"Ms. Pence has returned to the school where she previously taught for 12 years, and it is absurd that her decision to teach art to children in a Christian school and the religious beliefs of the school is under attack," said spokeswoman Kara Brooks.
The employment rules were first reported by the Huffington Post.