Second Lady Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, has a new job. Upon learning what it is, the mainstream media and other liberals promptly threw a tantrum.
According to NBC News, Karen is returning to her art teaching job at an elementary school in Virginia. But liberals, who often claim to stand up for teachers, are focusing entirely one aspect part of the story.
“Karen Pence to teach at school that bans LGBTQ employees, students,” wrote NBC News in a headline.
“Second lady Karen Pence takes job at school that bans gay students, employees,” wrote USA Today.
“Karen Pence to teach at school that bans gay students, parents, employees,” Politico warned.
“Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans LGBTQ Employees And Kids,” gasped the Huffington Post.
So what is this school’s stance? According to Immanuel Christian School’s employment application, employees must agree with the school’s theologically conservative, biblically-based statement of faith and be willing to teach in agreement with it in order to be hired. They must also agree to “strive to live a personal life of moral purity that is separated from the world according to Scriptures.”
The school is attached to Immanuel Bible Church and follows the biblical definition of marriage being between a man and woman. It affirms that “God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and woman who are married to each other” and that employees must strive to abide by that.
Immanuel Christian School also says that homosexuality, extramarital sex, pedophilia, living a transgender lifestyle, and viewing pornography are “moral misconducts” that employees must be free of. Employees are also not allowed to promote those behaviors to students at the school.
The school’s parent agreement also lets parents know what the school teaches about faith and lets them know that if they believe differently, this school is not the right fit for their family. The school will not let in children that are engaging in homosexual or bisexual activity and will not allow parents to promote such lifestyles on campus to other kids.
“This is what every authentic and credible Christian school ought to do,” conservative writer Matt Walsh wrote for the Daily Wire. “The point is clear enough: if you are manifestly and in principle opposed to Christian morality, you obviously do not belong at a Christian school.”
A quick search for similar codes of conduct from Islamic schools in America reveal more restrictive — but more simply stated — rules for teachers and students.
The Annoor Islamic School in Wichita, Kansas, for example, says all employees must “abide by precept and example the highest Islamic virtue and personal decorum, both in and out of school to students, to parents, and fellow faculty members in judgment, respect, and Islamic living.”
The Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy in Philadelphia says it has a “zero tolerance policy for conduct that violates Islamic principles.” Rules include very strict dress codes and a prohibition against “casual touching between opposite sex.”
A generic code of conduct provided for adaptation by Islamic schools and posted on Scribd that school have employees agree “to recognize that the school was founded and has adopted the principles of Shariah and to practice the same.”
Yet liberals are choosing to go after Karen’s new school and not the many other faith-based schools around the country with strict codes of conduct based on religious beliefs.
The executive director of LGBTQ youth advocacy group, Eliza Byard, called the policies at Immanuel “deeply disturbing.”
“Why not teach at a school that welcomes everyone, instead of choosing one that won’t serve LGBTQ kids, kids of LGBTQ parents? The Pences never seem to miss an opportunity to show their public service only extends to some,” scoffed JoDee Winterhof of the Human Rights Campaign.
“There's almost nothing the Pences can do to redeem themselves in our eyes at this point," said Rick Sutton, and LGBT advocate and co-founder of Freedom Indiana.
Karen’s spokeswoman, Kara Brooks, responded to the criticism, saying in a statement that "Mrs. Pence has returned to the school where she previously taught for 12 years. It's absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school's religious beliefs, are under attack."