At no time during her term as second lady of the United States has Karen Pence been slammed with so much criticism from the left as the time when she announced she as going back to her teaching job.
The wife of Vice President Mike Pence has taught at Immanuel Christian School for twelve years in the past, but her announcement this week that she’s going back there to teach art drew a flurry of mainstream media outlets and liberals attacking her for working at a school that is based on biblical values and actually expects its staff and students to abide by them.
News outlets called the school “anti-gay” for not allowing teachers and kids to promote homosexual or transgender lifestyles, and LGBT activists told Karen she should be ashamed of herself. One group even mocked her by sending her school 100 copies of the LGBT rip-off of a children’s book she and her daughter created.
Now the vice president is saying enough is enough and is standing up for his wife as the firestorm continues — a firestorm that threatens not only Immanuel but all conservative faith-based institutions.
“My wife and I have been in the public eye for quite a while. We’re used to the criticism. But I have to tell you, to see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us,” Pence said during an interview with EWTN managing editor Lauren Ashburn.
“We have a rich tradition in America of Christian education and, frankly, religious education broadly defined,” he continued. “We celebrate it. The freedom of religion is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution prohibits a religious test for holding public office.”
“So, we’ll let the critics roll off our back,” he added. “But this criticism of Christian education in America should stop.”
Many other conservative commentators and faith leaders spoke out as well.