The Christian school Karen Pence started working at this week bans LGBTQ employees and students

  • Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen Pence, started teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia on Tuesday.
  • She previously worked at the school for 12 years when her husband was a US representative.
  • The faith-based school prides itself on teaching a “Christian world view and life view,” and has prospective staff and students agree not to engage in homosexual activity.

Second Lady Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, returned to teaching this week at a school that bans homosexual activity among its staff and students.

Pence, who was a teacher for 25 years before her husband was elected to the White House, started teaching art to elementary-aged students at northern Virginia’s Immanuel Christian School on Tuesday.

The faith-based school prides itself on teaching a “Christian world view and life view,” and has shared an “Essentials of the Faith” parent agreement online that says it refuses to admit students who participate in or condone homosexual activity.

A 2018 application to work at the school, found by Huffington Post, makes candidates sign an agreement not to engage in homosexual activity, view porn, or take part in polygamy.

The application says: “Moral misconduct which violates the bona fide occupational qualifications for employees includes, but is not limited to, such behaviours 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.”

The parent agreement further states that parents have to “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.”

INSIDER has contacted Immanuel Christian School for a comment on its policies.


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In Virginia, private employees can legally discriminate based on sexual and gender identity.

Pence previously worked at Immanuel Christian School for 12 years when her husband was a US representative, and the couple’s daughter, Charlotte, attended the school.

“It’s absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school’s religious beliefs, are under attack,” Karen Pence’s spokeswoman, Kara Brooks, told Huffington Post.

Pence was supposed to re-start her teaching career on Monday, but classes were canceled due to heavy snow in Washington, the Associated Press reported. She will work at Immanuel two days a week until May.

“I am excited to be back in the classroom and doing what I love to do,” Pence said in a statement to USA Today. “I have missed teaching art.”

Her immediate predecessor, Jill Biden, wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, taught English at a Northern Virginia community college during Biden’s two terms in the White House.

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