The religious views of Vice President Mike Pence are well known. He’s a Christian and so is his wife Karen, the subject this week of a “hit” by the left-wing press and their cohorts.
Karen Pence began working as an art teacher at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia, but when it was reported one commentator said: “It’s not a school where everyone is welcome.” And the Huffington Post headline: Karen Pence is working at a school that bans LGBTQ employees and kids.”
Apparently some “investigative reporter” saw an Immanuel employee application with various pledges the prospective employee must agree with, including “marriage is between a man and a woman” and also pledge they will not engage in homosexual activity, nor can students. Fired or expelled, the consequence.
However, it is a fundamental, private Christian school – no surprise there, but neither is it illegal. Many similar schools have strict religious-based criteria and insist their students and employees subscribe to their fundamental biblical views. Notably, Immanuel and many other private religious schools in various states are permitted to “discriminate.”
And another buried news story this week involved Senator Diane Feinstein, a liberal California Democrat who recently questioned the president’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General – William Barr. The senator asked if he was a Roman Catholic. He is. She asked if the “dogma” of the Catholic religion would affect his decision-making – his work as U.S. Attorney General.
No kidding. In what country is she living in? Is this a religious litmus test? Mr. Barr responded that he believed in separation of church and state. “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, etc. . .
That was last week and it didn’t make any headlines, nor did they talk about it on The View. Haven’t we improved in this country founded on religious freedom since the 60s when the late President John F Kennedy’s Catholic religion was a “stumbling block” for his party in the face of the face of the anti-Catholic crowd.
It was reported during the campaign that his Catholicism concerned those who feared JFK would take his “marching orders from the Vatican.” I recall that statement very well and also recall how the future president met with a group of Protestant ministers somewhere in the South to explain and profess his loyalty to the USA and how he believed in separation of church and state.
At the time, I thought it was so inappropriate to question the former veteran of WWII and a former senator about his loyalty. It was as demeaning as it was meant to be.
Fast forward to this week when we heard Senator Feinstein’s echo that bigoted concern at a Senate hearing and the uproar about a Christian school’s policies and questioning the vice president’s wife’s religious convictions. I don’t believe we have come very far, at all.