January 18 at 13:13
Vice President Pence has responded vehemently to criticisms surrounding his wife's decision to teach at a private school that seeks to exclude gay and transgender students and staff members.
After the news that Karen Pence accepted a part-time job teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia, the vice president said on Thursday that the negative reaction was "deeply offensive."
"My wife and I have been in the public eye for quite some time, we are used to criticism," Pence said in an interview with Eternal Word Television Network. "But I have to tell you that seeing the main news organizations that attack Christian education is an offense for us."
"We have a rich tradition of Christian education in America and, frankly, broadly defined religious education, we celebrate it, freedom of religion is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution forbids a religious test for public office and so we are going to let the other critics leave our backs, but this critique of Christian education in the United States should end. "
[The school that hired Karen Pence requires applicants to disavow gay marriage, trans identity]
In a job application, Immanuel Christian School requires that applicants accept that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
He says: "I understand that the term" marriage "has only one meaning: the union of a man and a woman in a union of unique and exclusive alliance as described in the Scriptures and that God intends that badual intimacy occur only among a man. and a woman who are married to each other and that God has commanded that there be no intimate badual activity is committed out of wedlock between a man and a woman. "
The application adds that "moral misconduct that violates employees' good faith professional qualifications includes, among others, behaviors such as: heterobadual activity outside of marriage (for example, premarital bad, coexistence, extramarital bad), homobadual or bad "badual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of men and women, badual harbadment, use or viewing of badgraphic material or websites, and badual abuse or irregularities towards minors as defined in the Scriptures and laws federal or state. "
In addition, a parent agreement requires that tutors recognize that the school may deny admission or expel a student who participates in activities that conflict with a "biblical lifestyle," such as "condone badual immorality, activity homobadual or biobadual activity ".
The reaction came when HuffPost reported that Karen Pence had accepted a job at a school that discriminates against the LGBTQ community.
The school did not respond immediately to a request for comments.
The vice president told protesting protesters against abortion when he showed up with his wife at the March for Life in the National Mall on Friday that "she is a mother, she is a champion of military families … She is even an art teacher in a Christian school, and I could not be more proud of our second lady, my wife, Karen Pence. "
Pence's wife has taught at Immanuel Christian School in the past. Kara Brooks, a spokeswoman for Pence, told The Washington Post that the second lady was a teacher at the school for more than a decade when her husband was a member of Congress, adding: "It is absurd that his decision to teach art to children in a Christian school and the religious beliefs of the school are under attack. "
Second Lady Karen Pence will teach art at a Virginia elementary school