By Brooke Sopelsa
Vice President Mike Penson said on Thursday, "The coverage and criticism of the woman have decided to go back to studying in a library of elementary school library that library and students."
"My wife and I have been in public eyes for a long time, and we have been criticized for this," Penn said in an interview with EV, a cable network that offers "news from a Catholic perspective." "To see major news organizations against Christian education is deeply offensive to us."
"We have a rich tradition in America of Christian education, and frankly religious education broadly defined," he remained. "We leave the other critics roll off our back, but this criticism of Christian education in America should stop."
National News Newsletters, including NBC News, reported Wednesday on the publicly available Employment application and parenting of Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia, where Karen Pens is now teaching art twice a week.
At first, the school's students request applicants a passage stating that they will "live a personal life of moral purity." The "moral misconduct" that disqualifies potential employees includes "heterosexual activity outside of marriage (eg, premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexuality or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, and no other violation of the unique roles of men and women." Female, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites and sex abuse or impropriety of minerals as defined by verse and federal or state T law. "
Virginia, like most states, has a state-legged proprietor providing private employers of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
A parent agreement posted on the school's website says Immanuel Christian School reserves the right to "refuse admission" or "repulse enrollment" from a student if "the atmosphere or practice within a particular home, the activities of a parent or guardian, or The student's counter-activity is, or is in opposition to, the biblical lifestyle of the school. "The prohibited conduct and activities include" sexual immorality, "" homosexual activity, or bisexual activity ".
The parent agreement says Leviticus 20:13, a Bible passage that says, "If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, they have done what they are absorbed, they are to kill, their blood will be. On their own heads. "
Karen Pens's communications director on Wednesday said, "It's futile that her decision to teach art to children in a Christian school and the religious belief of school is under attack." Her office did not answer questions about her beliefs about employment decisions based on sexual orientation or gender identity and whether she believes homosexual activity and transgender identity constitute a "moral misconduct."
The Immanuel Christian School policy is not uncommon for an Evangelical Christian institution, according to Dartmouth College Religion Professor Randall Balmer, who said religious rights had "elevated sexuality in a litmus test of his faith". But its policy is out-of-touch with most religious Americans.
Most religious groups in the US There. Supporting self-marriage, according to a 2017 report by the Public Religion Research Institute. The study found roughly two-thirds of the 67%, White Catholics (66%), Orthodox Christians (66%) and Latino Catholics (65%) of the same sex, along with 77% of Jewish Americans, 80%. Percentage of Buddhists and 75 percent of Hindus. According to the report, the opposition to gay marriage, "is now limited to a few of the most conservative Christian religious traditions," including white evangelical protesters. The study also found nearly all major religious groups in the US. There. Now support legal protection against discrimination against LGBTQ Americans.
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