Mike Pence tells Christian students to stand strong against ridicule

Mike Pence tells Christian students to stand strong against ridicule May 13, 2019

LAST Saturday America’s God-besotted Vice President Mike Pence delivered a commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and he used the occasion to warn that Christians no longer command the respect they deserve.

Addressing students at one of the world’s largest Christian schools, Pence who has been under fire for his own cock-eyed religious views, warned graduates that they have to stay strong against the challenges they’ll get from Hollywood, the media and the secular left.

Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs. Be ready.

Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr with Mike Pence at the Liberty University commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, Virginia.

With his wife, Karen, sitting on stage as he spoke, Pence recounted the “harsh attacks”  they endured when she returned this year to teaching art at a Christian elementary school where she’d worked when he’d served in Congress. Unlike her previous stint, this time Karen Pence faced scrutiny after news reports pointed out that the school bans gay students and teachers.

Said Pence:

Throughout most of American history, it’s been pretty easy to call yourself Christian. It didn’t even occur to people that you might be shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible. But things are different now.

Pence said the graduates will be asked not just to tolerate things that violate their faith, but to endorse them.

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Pence didn’t specifically mention this, but he’s been a targeted on the presidential campaign trail by gay Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg, above, who demanded to know how Pence can square his faith with both his support for Trump and his opposition to gay marriage.

Last month Buttigieg said at a gay event:

If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade. And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand: that if you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.

Although he was warmly received at Liberty, Taylor University in Indiana is not too keen on having Pence give a commencement address next week. An online petition started by a Taylor alum complains that the address will make the school:

Complicit in the Trump-Pence Administration’s policies, which we believe are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear.

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  • Norman Parron

    And as usual a Republican is dead wrong, the xtians get more respect then they deserve, as they deserve NONE!!

  • WallofSleep

    “… Christians no longer command the respect they deserve.”

    They once did, but that was thousands of years ago. Since then, they have enjoyed far more respect than they deserve, none of it earned.

  • Chris Hogue

    …,but also continue to stand strong against reality.

  • Anri

    That’s the thing about secular government, Mr. Pence.

    It doesn’t support the religions you like, too.

  • LastManOnEarth

    Liberty grads won’t be ridiculed or shunned for being Christian, they will be ridiculed and shunned for being assholes.

    Many Christians manage to not be assholes.

  • Bezukhov

    But these RWNJ Evangelicals practically beg to be ridiculed. It would be rude not to.

  • larry parker

    The quality of Pence’s speech matched the quality of education the grads received.

  • Broga

    Poor, victimised, whining, martyred Pence. He is so victimised that he is Vice President while in the large sections of god besotted, sunk in ignorance USA, an atheist stands little chance of being elected as the town stray dog catcher.

  • Broga

    Pence and his lot are such hypocrites. How do they get away with it? How do the dare stand there representing the very opposite in their lives and philosophy of what they preach? Don’t they, or their passive audience, read the KJ Bible?

    “Matthew 5:5-9 English Standard Version (ESV)

    5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

    6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

    7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

    8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

    9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.”

  • Chris Hogue

    They may read it, but comprehension is key. Anyone who speaks about their faith in public is misunderstanding this passage also from Matthew 6:6-8:

    6 But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.…

  • Delta

    “traditional Christian beliefs”

    So if he’s all about traditional beliefs, shouldn’t he be converting to the Eastern Orthodox church or something?

    It should also be pointed out that, if I remember correctly, Liberty University is one of only a few colleges/universities in the US that refuses federal funding, because if they accepted it they’d have to comply with Title IX (which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex).

  • Ann Kah

    Religions no longer deserve the respect they command.

    FIFY

  • Pennybird

    So now he knows how LGBTQ people feel being on the receiving end of Pence-approved shunning and ridicule.

  • persephone

    Liberty was set up as a college directed towards Christian homeschoolers, so it’s not as though they’re pulling from a high quality, well-educated, section of students. They basically promised the paranoid fundagelical parents that their kids could get real degrees, while never having to breathe the same air as Satanic heathens. The quality of the education is really poor, but W. gave a bunch of grads jobs, so they’ve been building up political power for a while now.

  • persephone

    If they read it, they’re taught that it only applies to fellow Christians, even just the members of their specific sect. So we filthy heathens can rot. They’re the ne plus ultra of biblical verse cherry pickers. One time, I was on a forum for the show “Wife Swap.” One of the women was from a complementarian family, so there were a lot of fundagelicals participating. I challenged one over Proverbs 31. He disappeared for a bit, came back, and was suddenly really nice. He said he’d never read the whole chapter before, and that it was never taught in his church. We had an awesome discussion after that.

  • persephone

    The radio station employees where he used to give his op-eds thought Pence was the stupidest person ever. This article is a great example of not only Pence’s general ignorance and stupidity, but also his self-assuredness in dispensing complete BS based only on his beliefs:
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/andrewkaczynski/mister-ill-make-a-man-out-of-you

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    I can’t help myself; I’m awful.

    Religions no longer deserve the respect they demand.
    FIFY.

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    That’s exactly the point.

    ~”Those nightclub victims got what they deserved.”

    If they would tone down the venom and seething, rabid hatred, our social climate wouldn’t be this way. If they showed the slightest bit of comPASSION instead of contempt and RESENTMENT, civility might not be so scarce. Something about get the plank out thine own eye before discussing the mote in someone else’s…

    But god is that way:
    Love (or pretend to, but definitely OBEY) me or I’ll settle the score by brutally torturing you for eternity; so what’s not to love? I drown entire planets full of people, except Noah, his sons, and their property/wives; so cruelty is my middle name, that must be worshiped. I allow Job’s children to die so I can win a wager, with satan/lucifer/devil/evil/enemy; so pettiness gives cruelty a run for its money in my personality. And speaking of Job…

    That wager shows my insecurity. Why else would I NEED the admiration and approval from satan/lucifer/devil. After all, I mention Job to s/l/d, at this “celestial cookout”; I was “extra thirsty”. I likely had the admiration and approval of the other suck-up angels there; they couldn’t wait to kiss my @ss. Those puppets would have thanked me if I spit in their face. But s/l/d? I HAD to get his admiration and approval.

    And the insecurity feeds into the vanity. For I am… THE GREATEST!! (M. Ali style).
    Everyone I know (that I haven’t brutally tortured) agrees; and those many people can’t be wrong…

  • rubaxter