Thousands of Christians Urge Christian School to Disinvite Mike Pence


Thousands of Christians Urge Christian School to Disinvite Mike Pence

Several thousand alumni, faculty members and supporters of an Indiana private Christian university are urging the school to rescind its speaking invitation to Vice President Mike Pence, saying the Trump administration’s policies aren’t consistent with Christian ethics.

Taylor University of Upland, Ind., announced Thursday that Pence would speak at its May 18 commencement. The school’s president, Paul Lowell Haines, said in a statement Pence has “been a good friend to the University over many years” and is a “Christian brother whose life and values have exemplified what we strive to instill in our graduates.” 

Taylor University is a non-denominational private Christian school founded in 1846.

More than 3,300 alumni and supporters of the university have signed a petition protesting the invitation.

“Inviting Vice President Pence to Taylor University and giving him a coveted platform for his political views 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,” the petition reads.

An unidentified tenured professor at Taylor told Salon the invitation “blindsided” people.

“I immediately became angry and cynical,” the professor said, “thinking that our dear seniors were being sold out,…

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