The Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, returned to teaching this week. Good for her, right? See for yourself. Ms. Pence has signed on to teach art classes at a Christian school in Virginia known for having a current ban against LGBTQ children, for requiring its employees to publicly declare their religious beliefs, and for forcing employees to affirm that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
Immanuel Christian School has been likened to something straight out of “The Handmaid’s Tale”, a frightening show that depicts a society under strict moral and religious rule with ‘offenses’ punishable by physical and emotional torture and beyond. According to the school’s website, which details it’s religious beliefs and expectations, applicants who seek employment there are also required to describe their faith in Jesus Christ, affirm that they are a born-again Christian and keep a “moral purity” in their lives.
One such item in the “Articles of Employment” (which requires that the candidate initial their agreement) states the following:
“Moral misconduct which violates the bona fide occupational qualifications for employees includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as the following: heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites, and sexual abuse or improprieties toward minors as defined by Scripture and federal or state law.”
Kara Brooks, spokeswoman for Ms. Pence, pointed out that she is returning to the school after having taught there for 12 years previously. Ms. Brooks said in a statement, “It’s absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school’s religious beliefs, are under attack,” but declined to comment as to whether Ms. Pence signed the morality agreement. The school was unavailable for comment as well.