Pence Complains He Can’t Practice Religion With LGBTQ+ Hate Anymore

Vice President Mike Pence recently gave a graduation speech at Liberty University that has raised some eyebrows — to say the least.

Liberty University is a well-known Christian university that has attracted plenty of criticism. University President Jerry Falwell Jr. is an over-the-top supporter for President Donald Trump. Falwell’s support has included censoring students critical of the president, purging staff who dared to suggest the university was too close to Trump and applauding the president’s Charlottesville remarks that suggested there were “very fine people” among a mob of neo-Nazis.

Seems like the perfect place for Pence to show up and give a commencement address, right?

Pence had a lot to say. But the true crescendo in this address was warning the mostly Christian audience that they’ll be persecuted for their faith.

“Throughout most of American history, it’s been pretty easy to call yourself Christian,” Pence said. “It didn’t even occur to people that you might be shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible.”

Phew. Definitely a dark and ominous picture! I hope Pence goes into more detail about how exactly “things are different now.” I’m sure it’s something incredibly dramatic given the level of his rhetoric.

“Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs,” Pence said, parroting a popular right-wing refrain. “So as you go about your daily life, just be ready. Because you’re going to be asked not just to tolerate things that violate your faith; you’re going to be asked to endorse them. You’re going to be asked to bow down to the idols of the popular culture.”

What Pence is complaining about is that in the past, Christians could persecute and oppress people in the name of God without being called out as charlatans and hypocrites. That’s a harder needle to thread in 2019, and Pence isn’t happy about it.

It’s just not fair, is it? Several decades ago, far-right, pseudo-religious conservatives could turn a blind eye to queer people dying of HIV/AIDs and face absolutely no political consequences. They could condemn people to hellfire and make them social outcasts for whom they love. But things just aren’t the same anymore. And worse, now people expect these faux Christians to show love and equality to everyone and not attack people for political gain and moral superiority.

Dark times we are in, indeed!

In case there was any doubt that Pence’s remarks were in strong part referencing the gains in LGBTQ+ equality, he gave a tangible example that made it crystal clear.

“When my wife Karen returned to teach art at an elementary Christian school earlier this year, we faced harsh attacks by the media and the secular Left,” he said.

Karen Pence had been correctly criticized for teaching at a school that forced parents and job applicants to sign a pledge that condemns and disavows all “homosexual or lesbian sexual activity,” “bi-sexual activity” and “transgender identity.”

Mike Pence’s temper tantrum in front of a bunch of college graduates would be entertaining if it weren’t so ominous. The Trump administration will continue its war against LGBTQ+ people under the banner of religious liberty — as long as it’s able to get away with it.

It’s up to us to raise our voices to make sure it doesn’t.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

91 comments

Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvin22 days ago

Equality feels like oppression to people used to privilege

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Barbara V
Barbara V26 days ago

Well, isn't that just too bad. Extremist Pence is a sick soul if ever one was, and his nastiness against innocent human beings proves it. In my book he's faux all the way around.

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William T
Vincent Tabout a month ago

thanks very much

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Doris F
Doris Fabout a month ago

@C2...what happens with C2 ?????
All actions are break down ! hmmmpfff :-(

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Shae Lee
Shae Leeabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing

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hELEN hEARFIELD
hELEN hEARFIELDabout a month ago

TYFS

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Emma L
Past Member about a month ago

thanks for sharing

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niarica l
Past Member about a month ago

o

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Renata B
Renata Babout a month ago

Oh, poor man, let us a declare an international day of grief for him!

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Peter B
Peter Babout a month ago

tyfs

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