Karen Pence: Immanuel Christian School requires applicants to reject same-sex marriage, trans-identity

The school where the wife of vice president Pence, Karen Pence, has taken a part-time job, requires potential employees to confirm certain religious beliefs that homosexual and transgender applicants want to exclude, including that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

The Immanuel Christian School, a private K-8 school in Springfield, Virginia, outside of Washington, sets out the position in its application for teachers and support staff in a section in which applicants must initiate a set of standards beginning with a promise that they will be born-again Christians to be.

One of the items is a promise to "lead a personal life with moral purity."

"I understand that the term" marriage "has only one meaning, the unification of one man and one woman in a single exclusive covenant union as defined in Scripture," says the section, which says that God's sexual acts alone between "a man and a woman who are married to each other".

"Moral misconduct that violates the bona fide professional qualifications for employees includes, but is not limited to, such behavior as the following: heterosexual activity outside of marriage (eg sex before marriage, cohabitation, extra-marital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy , transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of man and woman, sexual harassment, use or display of pornographic material or websites, and sexual abuse or inappropriateness to minors as defined by Scripture and federal or national law. "

Robert W. Tuttle, a professor of law and religion at the George Washington Law School, said that the language of the school about sexuality was typical of other conservative Christian institutions, and was not surprised by Pence's school choice, which he said was well within her rights.

"They have taken a certain number of positions on issues that are confrontational," he said about Trump's White House. "The board seems to live on wedges, so if you pay attention to this, you just get their interest in driving another wedge, and this confirms their bona fide behavior with religious conservatives and they seem to be doing that kind of thing, because Donald Trump whatever he says is not. & # 39;

The passage was noted by HuffPost reporter Rebecca Klein on Twitter in the hours after the new Pence function was announced.

The application says that employees are subject to termination for "sexual immorality," it described above. In another part potential teachers are asked to explain their views on the debate about creation and evolution.

It is not clear whether Pence has signed the moral promise as part of her employment. The school did not return a request for comment. The Pences have long been known for their religiously influenced conservatism.

Kara Brooks, a spokeswoman for Pence, pointed out that the second lady taught at school 12 years ago when Mike Pence was a member of Congress. "It is absurd that her decision to give children art lessons at a Christian school, and the religious beliefs of the school, are being attacked," Brooks said.

In a parent agreement, the school organizes its website, and it notes that it has the right to refuse access or to disable students if the activities of the student or their parents or carers are against the biblical lifestyle adopted by the school. This includes "approving sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bisexual activity, promoting such practices or not being able to support the moral principles of the school."

JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president for policy and political affairs in the human rights campaign, questioned the choice of Karen Pence for the institution in a statement to HuffPost.

"The Pences never seem to miss a chance to show that their public service is limited to a few," she wrote.

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