Second Lady Karen Pence now teaches art part-time at a school where the faculty promises to reject same-sex marriage, trans identity, and even premarital sex.
The Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Va., where Pence just accepted a position, requires staff in their employment contract to confirm they are born-again Christians who will live by a certain set of evangelical principles, according to The Washington Post.
A bizarre job application available online for the school includes a “statement of faith” and a commitment to “maintain a lifestyle based on biblical standards of moral conduct.”
The form outlines “moral misconduct,” which includes “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.”
It lists molesting children last, though it also says that particular sin is disqualifying even if done in applicants’ past.
The form makes clear those involved in any of the activities, “or who condone such behaviors,” cannot be employees at Immanuel Christian School. That includes confirming a belief that marriage can only be between a man and woman. The school may terminate employees for any immorality or violation of school terms.
Any applicants for a job at the school much check on the application that “I understand that everything Immanuel Christian School does is subject to the Truth set forth in the Bible.”
It’s unclear if a mere association with Donald Trump, who has struggles with extramarital sex, could be disqualifying.
But Pence unsurprisingly sailed through any vetting process, and herself has a history of expressed homophobia. That includes campaigning for a congressional candidate who wants gay people jailed.
A Washington Post profile of Pence in 2017 revealed her as the source of many of husband Vice President Mike Pence’s anti-LGBTQ views.
"School should be a place where every child feels welcome, free to identify, and empowered to learn without fear or distraction," DNC LGBTQ Media Director Lucas Acosta said in a statement. "No child should fear expulsion, discrimination or any other retribution by school officials for coming out or allying with LGBTQ people. By teaching at a school that bans LGBTQ parents, teachers, students and allies, Karen Pence is actively supporting and promoting an institution that endorses discrimination. And this is just the latest example of this administration using its power and platform to discriminate against the LGBTQ community."