'F**k These Homophobes': Karen Pence Demonized for Teaching at Christian School
On Tuesday, Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, announced that she would return to teaching art at Immanuel Christian School. HuffPost researched the school and learned that it abides by traditional Christian sexual morality. Cue the outrage. On Wednesday, which coincidentally was Religious Freedom Day, liberal media outlets, LGBT groups, and even a congressman slammed Karen Pence for her decision to work at the school.
"F**k these homophobes!" feminist activist Amy Siskind tweeted.
"Totally insane: Karen Pence is working at a school that bans LGBTQ employees," declared Matt McDermott, director at the marketing firm Whitman Insight Strategies.
Liberal blogger Bill Palmer suggested that Pence's decision to teach at Immanuel Christian School made her "unfit" even to "be around kids."
"Mike Pence is an extremist bigot. Karen Pence is an extremist bigot," Palmer tweeted. "She's unfit to even be around kids, let alone teach them. Anyone willing to allow their kid to be taught by a dangerous monster like Karen Pence is unfit to be a parent. Ask me how I really feel."
America's second lady has a long track record in teaching. As her office noted, Karen Pence spent 25 years teaching elementary school before she became first lady of Indiana in January 2013. While Mike Pence served in Congress, she spent 12 years teaching art at Immanuel Christian School. She is also a watercolor artist.
On Tuesday night, HuffPost education reporter Rebecca Klein dug up a pledge Immanuel Christian School requires its prospective employees to sign. To anyone familiar with traditional Christian sexual morality, the pledge should seem rather unremarkable.
As The Washington Post reported, the pledge involves a commitment "to live a personal life of moral purity."
"I understand that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning; the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive covenant union as delineated in Scripture," the section says, saying that God intended sexual acts to occur only between "a man and a woman who are married to each other."
"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."