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Mike Pence’s Wife Teaches At A School That Is Openly And Proudly Homophobic

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You might reasonably think at this point that the administration of President Donald Trump could not possibly stoop any lower than it already has. The current President of the United States and leader of the free world has proudly boasted that he has sexually assaulted women and physically assaulted journalists, and he is currently the subject of a totally unprecedented investigation into claims that he may have colluded with a foreign hostile government (Russia) to cheat his election. And that is before we even get to his policies.

However, things may have just got even worse – and for a reason that nobody was expecting. One area of Republican bigotry that has perhaps received less coverage and discussion in recent years is to do with sexuality. One example that comes to mind straight away is Trump’s ridiculous attempt to ban transgender people from joining the armed forces, but clearly the primary source of this area of bigotry in the White House is Vice President Mike Pence, whose stringent religiousness and fundamentalist Christianity has resulted in appallingly Draconian attitudes to LGBT+ issues.

That is why it might not be a surprise that it is the Pence, rather than Trump, family that is the source of the latest controversy over homphobia in the current GOP administration. Essentially, wife of the Vice President and Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, has taken up a job teaching art at a school that bans pupils and staff who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. And they don’t even make any effort to hide it.

Mrs Pence is currently teaching art lessons twice a week at Immanuel Christian Elementary School in Northern Virginia. The school’s website contains details of an agreement that must be signed by all parents which essentially gives it the right to flat out refuse admission to anyone it does not believe has the correct views on issues relating to sexuality. The contract says that the school may turn away any pupil who partipates in, or even merely condones, “sexual immortality, homosexual acitvity or bi-sexual activity”.

As if that was not enough, a different agreement makes potential employees promise that they will refrain from “premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex, homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female”. This stuff is horrifying and Draconian but this is a timely reminder that these kinds of disgustingly outdated views still exist in America and are still seen as totally normal and acceptable by many people and institutions – including those at the very top of the White House, it seems.


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