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Evangelical College Students Just Rejected Mike Pence As Their Commencement Speaker

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We are living through a political age in which the American establishment feels even more entitled than usual. President Donald Trump is at the very top of the right wing establishment of Washington and runs a multi billion dollar business empire, yet he somehow managed to get himself elected to the high office of President of the United States and leader of the free world in spite of having no political experience whatsoever and continues to this day to awkwardly and very damagingly straddle his business and political careers. He has spent his two and a bit years in office so far filling up America’s federal agencies and stuffing all the courts with his cronies and allies who will continue his work of dragging America to the political right long after he is gone.

As a result of the current situation, those like Trump who are in power are not accustomed to having things taken away from them, since they seem to have power over every facet of American society. However, it is easy for them to forget that, as much as they might hate it, the United States is a liberal democracy where ordinary people have a voice, and they will make it heard. This latest report reveals how Vice President Mike Pence found himself on the receiving end of some righteous political fury from a group of very angry students:

“Inviting Vice President Pence to Taylor University and giving him a coveted platform for his political views makes our alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump-Pence Administration’s policies, which we believe are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear,” reads a petition circulated by Alex Hoekstra, a 2007 graduate of the small evangelical Christian college in Indiana, demanding that the invitation to speak at commencement be revoked.

Hoekstra’s complaint about Vice-President Pence appears centered upon the fact Hoekstra is a homosexual, and evidently believes the Trump administration in general, and Pence in particular, somehow are targeting men and women in homosexual community. “As an alumni [sic] of Taylor and as a gay man I’m pretty personally injured by the policies of the Trump/Pence administration and I know that a lot of alumni who identify as other minority groups are personally affected by the Trump/Pence administration,” Hoekstra told Newsweek magazine on Thursday of last week.

That’s right. As it turns out, students are not willing to put up with blatant homophobia, and the Vice President just learned that the hard way.


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