Karen Pence Gets Job Teaching at Private Christian School
Spouted as anti-LGBTQ, response to the elected official’s new job has been swift
1/17/19, 8:32 pm EST
By John Corry, photo from Time
Karen Pence–wife of the current Vice President Mike Pence–has taken her old job back as an art teacher for a private Christian school in Northern Virginia. The school requires all parents and staff to sign a document claiming beliefs against such sins as sex before marriage, equality between men and women, and, of course, homosexuality. Kids can be banned from the school if caught engaging in any of these ISIS-level atrocities.
On que, the internet has made its decree: this is a simple issue, and there are no ifs, ands, or butts about it (pun intended). Ignorant of the fact that there are always different ways to look at any question in politics, spirituality or philosophy, the Internet’s decrees are Absolute. They do not forgive, they do not sway in any way. They are the law of the land, and one only dares challenge them at one’s own peril–
Liberals are calling out the language of the contract as ‘discriminatory’ and evil (for lack of a better word), and conservatives have responded with their usual intelligence: people pay to go to this school, it is not a public school, and the values instilled in this ‘parent agreement’ have been values imbibed by the church for thousands of years.
Because the church has always been right–
They’re not wrong here: people do have the right to believe whatever they want to believe, and that should not be infringed upon. They also have a point when they fear political stances being brought too heavily into religious situations. Politics and religion must remain separate–they’re just too different–and to say that the government should have the right to tell people what to believe, even if in the name of rightful decency, is to… well, to do just that (combine politics and religion).
Everyone may have the right to believe what they want to believe, but, obviously, that doesn’t mean that what they believe is morally decent.
Haters often chime back to the argument that they’ll be friends with LGBTQ people, and that they’ll employ them, but they still believe that who they are, on a fundamental level, is a sin. How does that go together? At best, if that’s what you believe, and you’re talking to these people and employing them, aren’t you acting as an accomplice to their malevolence? You’re aiding and abetting in sinful behavior. You claim that your religious values are what make you who you are, and are the most important things in your life, yet you’re turning your back on this issue in practicality. It’s hypocritical– OR: you realize that it’s just ridiculous to discriminate against people based solely on who they want to fuck.
However: If it’s possible to differentiate values from ideologies, we can look at Christianity and realize that while there might be many Christians who are discriminatory, bigoted pieces of shit, there are also many who aren’t, and that this is because values aren’t synonymous with ideology, or any collective movement for that matter, let alone identitarian term.
And confusing that is where the trouble starts.
Comment on the concept ‘emotion’: Any person’s emotions are fully, 100% justified in the sense that emotions themselves cannot be dissociated from individual subconsciousness–everyone has different experiences, and emotions are derived from that individuality such that it is impossible for anyone else to fully objectively judge any ‘reasoning’ behind any emotion–and they deserve to be heard in the proper setting. Politics can be that setting, but it must be kept in mind that within politics, emotions simply are not, and cannot, be the entire story. In politics, we’re talking about many people, and therefore many people’s emotions, which means any attempt to further justify any one person’s or one group’s emotions over any other’s is to render emotions objectionable. Emotions are not objectionable; there is no arguing against someone’s emotions. All we can do is try our best to understand, or to appropriately include those emotional arguments in any bigger picture. No person’s emotions are any more or less justified than anyone else’s unless specified in an ontological study. If we’re talking about how much war sucks, and you’ve been to war, and I haven’t, your emotions may be more appropriate to the topic at hand, but that does not make them more justified. All emotions are justified, because all emotions are fully, 100% subjective (as ‘facts’ (or: ‘technical facts’) are 100% objective. No one knows what it’s like to be someone else. It is human nature to either forget that fact, or to forgo it for sake of power politics or for any other attempt at justification of an inherent type of ‘parental’ influence. Just because you’re right in your emotional argument doesn’t render your ‘personhood’ any better than anyone else’s (and the same goes for the ‘factual’ argument– morally speaking), and to think otherwise is the first step towards totalitarian thinking, because it assumes some people as preemptively ‘stupid’ and others ‘smart’. It’s not wrong to get passionate about one’s stances or senses of identity, but it is if you think you’re the one entitled to that–
It’s one of the basic pillars of what makes a person a person–
And that’s where conservatives will win this (against subconscious LGBTQ equality) if that’s where liberals keep trying to go. You can’t force someone to bake you a cake–however good your reasoning may be–but especially not in a country where there are literally hundreds of thousands of places where people will bake you a cake. Yes, that guy is a piece of shit, but as unfortunate as it might be: the only thing that’s going to stop that guy from being a piece of shit is that guy. You gotta feel it out.
In light of the fact that there is no argument against immediate change save a totalitarian one, the only realistic solution is to have faith and to wait this perceived ‘hatred’ out. Humans are better than this; so long as we don’t go too far, we’ll get there. Pushing people too far almost always ends up pushing them farther away.
LGBTQ people are more prominent in American culture than ever before. Support for LGBTQ people has gone up, and the reason for that is not one political, it’s spiritual: people realize that LGBTQ people are no different than anybody else. This is an obvious, self-evident fact to a person not a total idiot, and if humanity has any trace of inherent truth in its bones, this will, and frankly pretty easily, prevail. Even without much further push, the only question is when, and whether people have the ability to balance fact and emotion, objective and subjective perception, and the complex dualities between all complex concepts (like politics, psychology, economics, etc.).
So by all means, give Karen Pence the stink eye when you see her, and by EVERY MEAN do your best to show kids how to treat people with that BASIC respect which made America America:
People are people, and people are gonna be people.