The Ultimate Hypocrisy …

Did you ever wonder what Mike Pence’s wife, Karen, does for a living?  Well … ‘for a living’ is likely a misnomer, for I’m fairly certain that Mikey brings home enough to pay the bills … but Karen is, indeed, gainfully employed.  She is a teacher.  An art teacher.  At a school.  A school that bars LGBT students … and teachers.

The school is Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia, where Ms. Pence previously taught from 2001 to 2013.  The school does not allow gay students and requires employees to affirm that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, despite the 2015 Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v Hodges. The school’s employment application equires candidates to describe their faith in Jesus Christ, affirm that they are a born-again Christian and vow to adhere to specific standards in their personal and professional lives.  Welcome to 1692, the year the Salem witch trials began.  Welcome to the Dark Ages!  Is it not the ultimate hypocrisy that the wife of a man who has sworn to uphold the Constitution is so blatantly in defiance of the values espoused in that document?

Item #8 on the employment application requires that an applicant initial the following statement:

“I understand that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning; the uniting of one man and one woman,” it reads, adding that certain “moral misconduct” would be disqualifying, such as “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.”

Karen Pence signed her initials, agreeing to the above statement.  Karen Pence, the wife of the man who is likely to, through order of succession, become the next President of the United States.  Think about that one for a minute.

Unlike public schools, private schools can require students and employees to follow specific religious beliefs and adhere to certain behavior in their private lives. They are not restricted from teaching from religious texts in class and are not subject to employment discrimination laws.

As I have stated on numerous occasions, I am not against any religion per se, although I do not ascribe to any religion myself.  I believe in the doctrine of “live and let live”, and as long as people do not attempt to enforce their own beliefs on others, I do not care what religion people choose to follow.  But this … is an abomination.  If parents wish to send their children to a parochial school, as long as they are willing to fully fund their child’s education with no assistance from taxpayer money, I have no problem with that.  However … when said religious schools are exempt from federal employment discrimination laws, then yes, I have a problem … a BIG problem.  When they exclude children who do not fit into the narrow confines of their own moral views, then yes … I have a problem.

For those who might not understand my objection, let’s turn the tables just a bit.  Let’s say I want to start up a school for African-American LGBT students and I refuse to hire any white Christians, simply on the basis that a) they are Caucasian, and b) they are Christian.  How long do you think before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) shuts my school down?  Yep … less than a day after the first complaint. eeoc-1Discrimination, whether it is in employment, education or housing is wrong.  Discrimination against a specific race, age, disability, national origin, religion, gender, or gender identity is wrong.  Such discrimination is against the law.  Period.  And here’s a really terrifying thought …

“It is a place that partners with families, always looking far into the future, preparing a generation of young people who will someday take our place as parents, teachers and leaders.” 

Mike Pence, Karen Pence and the Immanuel Christian School need to get over their feelings of superiority and come into the real world where people are different, yet can live together in a world of peace, mutual respect, compassion, and love.  Isn’t that, after all, part of the Christian dogma?  Or has it changed?

A side note:  Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte, wrote a book about a bunny … or more specifically, a day in the life of the Vice President as seen through the eyes of her bunny, Marlon Bundo.  Last spring, late-night comedian John Oliver re-wrote the book just a bit, making old Bundo gay, hooking him up with another boy bunny, and sending the two on a quest to get hitched.

Oliver’s book was an instant success, and even Charlotte Pence bought a copy, saying …

“I have bought his book. It doesn’t have to be divisive. I think that everybody can come together over Marlon.”

And the real kicker … the Trevor Project—a nonprofit dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth, which split the proceeds from Oliver’s book with an AIDS nonprofit—announced that it had shipped 100 copies of the thing to Immanuel Christian School!  Along with the books, they included a note …

“Policies and rhetoric that exclude or reject LGBTQ youth can lead to increased risk for suicide and depression, and it’s our organization’s mission to end suicide among LGBTQ young people.  With your help, we hope you will change your school’s student and employee policies to accept LGBTQ students and employees.”lgbt flag

 

25 thoughts on “The Ultimate Hypocrisy …

  1. I will totally forgo commenting about Mike and Karen Pence, because…I am at a loss to find one nice thing to say about Mike and the only nice thing that I can find to say about Karen is that she does have talent with watercolors ( Marlon Bundo). Eldest Daughter has the March 2018 Marlon Bundo book by Charlotte Pence, it was given to her on her birthday as a joke by friends. Another book she received at the same time is “Thump : The First Bundred Days” by Timothy Lin and two other co-authors ( I had to go and find the book for this information). That book is intended for Trump supporters, hence the joke in giving it to her! But back to Charlotte, according to eldest “D” there are two sequels featuring Marlon Bundo due to be released this year in the Spring and the Fall ( she just shared this tidbit). I have a book by Charlotte that I picked up on a whim in December at the monthly book swap that I attend, “Where You Go : Life Lessons from My Father.” It is in mint condition and appears unread…perhaps someone else receives books as jokes too (however, in all fairness I have found other books in this condition there as well). That said, I have every intention of attempting to read the book, but haven’t been quite that desperate just yet for reading material. I have always finished a book once started, whether it actually appeals to me or not. I find that sometimes you have to get well into one before you get caught up…this could be a first! Thank-you!

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    • I had to Google “Thump : The First Bundred Days”, for I had never heard of it … I think I will not be buying that one 😉 As for Charlotte’s book about the “Life lessons” she learned from her father … well, I won’t be buying that one either. This is one area in which you and I differ … if I get 30-50 pages in and am not liking the book, it’s time to put it in the Goodwill box and move on to something else. Life is short and there are so many books on my TBR list that I’ll never get to them all, so why waste my time with a book I’m not enjoying? Let me know how the Pence book goes!

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  2. Dear Jill,

    The anti-immigration hard-liners are not the only ones backing the president’s wall and shutdown policies. The so called White Evangelical Christian community is also supporting President Trump with his border wall and his shutdown. I do detect a racist gene within the hearts of Trump supporting Evangelicals.

    Mrs. Pence is the perfect example of how these peoples think and how they have managed to have President Trump backtrack on pro- LGBTQ and transgender laws. He is catering to this base.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Quite so, Gronda. I’m curious, though, as to why some people, especially those who claim Christian values, buy into the fear-mongering, while others like you, me, and the majority of the nation, do not? What makes the difference? Culture? The way they were raised? Education? Perhaps some combination of all of those.

      Hugs!

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  3. I was absolutely stunned to see the location of the Christian school…….that’s my hometown! The town where I was born and raised……and learned at my public school about the Constitution, about the idea of equality of all men and women. The place that taught me how to argue successfully, to raise others up instead of finding differences to see the sameness of us all. The Churches we attended NEVER made mockery of the human condition, and never allowed prejudice against those different from themselves to feel as if they were “less than” due to those differences. That town was a light for others to follow……..and to now see that a “school” is promulgating bigotry and hatred in the name of “Jesus” is beyond the pale for me. I am so ashamed of my hometown right now.

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  4. I find it amazing the things some people (who call themselves Christians, and specific kinds of Christians specifically) seem to be able to get away with in the name of religion – how is this NOT hate and discrimination? But, what really got my attention yesterday was the story about The Trevor Project’s donation…I laughed and laughed and laughed!

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    • It is, indeed, hate and discrimination, and here I thought Christians said they were all about love and treating everybody right. I try very hard not to make the mistake of lumping people into categories and making assumptions based on their religion, so I will only say that it seems some people have forgotten the core ‘values’ of their religion and allowed arrogance and greed to replace love and compassion. Yes, I loved the Trevor Project’s donation!!! And so did Pence’s daughter, which tells us that she is perhaps a better person than either of her parents.

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  5. oops, sorry about the misspelling of his name, I was doing it from memory without looking first and that’s probably not a good idea. Spelling has always been a bit of an issue and there are probably a couple of reasons for that which go beyond the scope of this blog.

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    • No worries, my friend! Spelling and grammar are my nemeses, and I use editing software, but when it comes to proper names, even that can’t help! What I hate are some of the Russian names that have strange combinations of consonants that are impossible to remember.

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  6. Like you, I also have a big problem with schools that aren’t required to adhere to the federal discrimination laws. I do have to say though, that having Mike Pents as president, in my oppinion, and others who like yourself and me are more towards the center of the political spectrum, as we have discussed previously, would be a much worse choice than trump but they’re both really bad. Trump is an authoritarian and pents would want to set up a theocracy and both are as equally unconstitutional.

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    • You are right … Pence would likely try to turn our secular government into a theocracy, but if Trump is removed from office, Pence will have less than two years as president, for I don’t see him as being able to win an election on his own in 2020. I think Congress would stop him at every turn during those two years, although admittedly I would be nervous of his presidency. I still think, though, that Trump simply must go, for he is a danger … his instability, his lack of concern for the people of this country, make me think that two more years of him in office is likely to cause a complete erosion of our foreign alliances … alliances that are crucial for our national security.

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  7. 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈

    I wonder what they would do with

    ‘Gender Non Specific’
    or
    ‘Non Binary’

    I just don’t get these people. Do they not know the statistics on kids born as hermaphrodites?

    When I was still a teenager, (18), I did some training on a hospital ward for babies born with congenital defects. Half of them were hermaphrodites.
    Back then, the hospitals decided that they must be treated, surgically and quickly. They would determine the dominant sex with blood tests and then remove the bits that were recessive (supposedly). Physical girls grew up with the minds of girls, and vice versa, or there were many shades in between. The surgery was almost secretive and parents shamed into keeping quiet that they had unusual offspring. Except that it wasn’t unusual.
    I had my eyes opened. When I told this story back to people, they didn’t really believe me.

    Today, in Britain at least, these kids are left to grow up into puberty… When they can decide what they feel that they are. Surprise, many of them like themselves just the way they are.

    The Christian Right have forgotten what love is. Their teachings are all about good and bad, and of you are a Catholic, they take your babies and shame unwed mothers, but won’t allow contraception, and don’t even mention abortion. It is not religion, it is dogma for its own sake and own self serving purpose. 🤮

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