Vice President Mike Pence is hitting back at criticism of his wife's job, BBC News is reporting. It was revealed that second lady Karen Pence would be returning to her job as a teacher at Immanuel Christian School, a private school in Springfield, Virginia. The backlash came when it was revealed that all teachers must sign a pledge that condemns the LGBT community.
The pledge they are required to sign states that marriage is only between one man and one woman -- no exceptions.
In addition, an agreement for parents featured on the school's official website says that the administration can "refuse admission" or "discontinue enrollment" of a student if "the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home, the activities of a parent or guardian, or the activities of the student are counter to, or are in opposition to, the biblical lifestyle the school teaches."
If that weren't enough, teachers must sign an agreement that they will "live a personal life of moral purity." Specifically, this means they will abstain from "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."
Mike Pence recently went on Eternal Word Television Network, a network known for airing only Catholic-themed content, on Thursday, January 17, to defend his wife, who worked at the school as an art teacher for 12 years while he was in Congress.