CNN anchor John King noted on Friday that taxpayer dollars are being used to pay for Karen Pence’s Secret Service protection while teaching at a private school that prohibits LGBTQ students and staff members.
“Does it matter all taxpayers pay for her housing? All taxpayers pay for her Secret Service protection? It’s not her fault she needs protection, this is the world we live in. But all taxpayers subsidize her life. Does it matter?” asked King, who anchors “Inside Politics.”
King’s remark came after Pence announced she would be teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia, that has a “parent agreement” posted online that requires potential employees to pledge that they believe marriage is between a man and a woman and that they do not engage in “homosexual or lesbian sexual activity” or “transgender identity,” according to the employment application.
Parents are also required to sign a clause indicating that the school “reserves the right” to refuse admission to or discontinue enrollment of a student if their activities are “in opposition to the biblical lifestyle the school teaches.”
“I understand that the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission to an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student if the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home, the activities of a parent or guardian, or the activities of the student are counter to, or are in opposition to, the biblical lifestyle the school teaches,” the agreement states.
“This includes, but is not limited to contumacious behavior, divisive conduct, and participating in, supporting, or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity, promoting such practices, or being unable to support the moral principles of the school. (Lev. 20:13 and Romans 1:27.) I acknowledge the importance of a family culture based on biblical principles and embrace biblical family values such as a healthy marriage between one man and one woman. My role as spiritual mentor to my children will be taken seriously.”
Vice President Mike Pence lashed out at critics for questioning his wife’s new job teaching at a school that bans LGBT students and faculty by saying attacks on Christian education are “deeply offensive.”
Democratic California Rep. Ted Lieu fired back at Pence, saying he was cloaking his hate in his “purported religious beliefs.”
“I’m a follower of Christ. You know what Jesus said about homosexuality? NOTHING. But he did say a lot about love,” Lieu said. “Stop cloaking your hate in your purported religious beliefs. It’s just hate.”
CNN notes: “In 1991, however, Pence, then an elementary school teacher, wrote a letter to an Indiana newspaper in which she objected to an article that embraced gays and lesbians, The Washington Post noted in 2017. It’s unclear whether her attitudes have shifted as public opinion has changed dramatically on the issue.”
The Human Rights Campaign slammed the news of Pence’s employment at Immanuel Christian.
“Why not teach at a school that welcomes everyone, instead of choosing one that won’t serve LGBTQ kids, kids of LGBTQ parents?” said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president for policy and political affairs at the Human Rights Campaign, in a statement to HuffPost. “The Pences never seem to miss an opportunity to show their public service only extends to some.”
Karen Pence previously taught at the school while her husband was a member of Congress.
Mike Pence previously signed a religious freedom law that was criticized as a pathway to legal anti-LGBTQ discrimination while serving as Indiana governor. As a congressman, Pence supported a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage.
Some conservatives took to Twitter to object to King pointing out the fact that she gets secret service protection while teaching at an anti-LGBT school.
Full clip of @JohnKingCNN questioning whether or not @VP Pence's wife @SecondLady should receive secret service detail for her Christian faith. Imagine he questioned Islam or any other faith? It'd dominate the news cycle. pic.twitter.com/QMzkxLrhtY
— Will Ricciardella (@WillRicci) January 18, 2019