Christian university launches petition against Mike Pence’s visit

Christian university launches petition against Mike Pence’s visit April 23, 2019
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MORE than 6,600 have signed a petition calling on Taylor University in Indiana to cancel a visit by Vice President Pence, above, who is due to give a commencement address later this year.

This prompted evangelist Franklin Graham to angrily ask:

What are these people smoking?

The petition says that, by giving Pence a coveted platform for his political views:

Taylor makes our alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump-Pence Administration’s policies, which we believe are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear.

Graham took to social media to ask:

What are these people smoking? There couldn’t be a better, more qualified, more inspirational speaker for graduates to hear from or a better example for them to follow in life.

Graham recalled Pence stating that he is a “Bible-believing Christian” and wondered if:

That is what they are objecting to.

Despite the backlash to Pence’s scheduled appearance at the university in his home state where he was once governor, Taylor University has thus far stood by its invitation to the God-besotted VP calling him:

A good friend to the University over many years and a Christian brother whose life and values have exemplified what we strive to instill in our graduates.

When Pence gave a commencement address at Indiana’s Notre Dame university 2017, 100 students walked out in protest. Those opposed to that visit said in a press release:

During his time as governor of the state of Indiana and now as Vice-President, Pence has targeted the civil rights protections of members of LGBT+ community, rejected the Syrian refugee resettlement program, supported an unconstitutional ban of religious minorities, and fought against sanctuary cities. All of these policies have marginalized our vulnerable sisters and brothers for their religion, skin color, or sexual orientation.

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  • Milo C

    I think Graham has too much in common with 45 to comment objectively. Not that he has ever spoken objectively.

  • Aloha

    He wants to present himself as a Reverend Bible Scholar, but then he can’t even read a single paragraph. The petition clearly stated the reasons for their opposition, and none of them were, “But he’s a Bible-believing Christian.”
    Religious persons used to be considered the highest scholars in a farming economy, but their lack of research and investigation is becoming very apparent.

  • Kit Hadley-Day

    let him come and speak, and then have to either watch a large chunk of the audience walk out on him or empty chairs for people who refuse to attend. That makes a far better point than deplatforming him. the media would absolutely love it.

  • Zetopan
  • barriejohn

    I’d love to see Trump addressing an empty chamber of the British Parliament, too!

  • Kit Hadley-Day

    watching all the MP’s walk out on him would be priceless, even if just a significant chunk of them did it would be great.

  • Jack the Sandwichmaker

    Isn’t a “Good Christian” who is willing to instead throw his support behind an immoral conman for wordly political power a particularly BAD role model?

  • barriejohn

    Trump can’t be “an immoral conman”; he was “sent by God”!

    https://www.indy100.com/article/lou-dobbs-mueller-report-trump-god-fox-news-8877936

  • Jack the Sandwichmaker

    Graham believes the Bible is primarily about hating the right people and supporting the rich, so opposing those things would be opposing the Bible

  • huzonfurst

    Don’t forget to bring PIES! Lots and lots of PIES to throw!
    In cardboard ‘tins’ so as not to waste any valuable aluminum…

  • ilr1950

    Graham and Pence both need to be flushed down the nearest toilet

  • Kudos to the college students of Indiana. It appears that they have far more ethical values than do their morally challenged “leaders.”

  • Geez, I would LOVE to see that! Let’s hope it happens.

  • But what about the poor whipped cream?!? Even shaving cream deserves a better fate than THAT.