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, 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 alike to sign document claiming beliefs against such sins as sex before marriage, equality between men and women, and, of course, homosexuality. Kids can be banned 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 to challenge them at one’s own peril–
Which is, anymore, all butt guaranteed.
Of course, as always, this one actually has quite a number of parts to it, but the conclusion here is in fact unusually simple.
At bottom, people are people, and people are gonna be people.
And we have to let them.
Liberals are calling out the language of the contract as ‘discriminatory’ and, for lack of a better word, evil, 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.
They’re not wrong here: people do have the right to believe whatever they want to believe, and that should not be infringed upon. And they also have a point when they fear political stances being brought to heavily into religious situations. Politics and religion should remain separate, 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 do just that. Moreover, conservative think-head Ben Shapiro made the argument today on his podcast that many liberals try to make to make the argument that to raise kids on such grounds is synonymous with raising them to be bigots. They are correct to fear this, because it’s the right of anyone how to tell anyone else, specifically, how to raise anybody else’s kids. We can have our thoughts, but they deserve our respect people; raising kids is tough.
But none of this means that they’re not still assholes.
There’s the argument here, save a totalitarian one, which I’ll get to in a moment. They have the right to believe what they believe, but obviously, that doesn’t mean that what they believe is morally decent. Many conservatives chime back to the argument that they’ll be friends with LGBTQ people, and they’ll employ them, but they still believe that who they are is a sin. How does that really 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. It’s hypocritical– OR: you realize that it’s fucking stupid to discriminate people based on who they want to fuck.
Which is the only discontented point here. Studies have shown that people who wait to have sex until marriage tend to have longer, happier marriages, and it makes sense: marriage is about commitment, and if you’ve waited your entire life to have sex, this person with whom you share that important moment with will inevitably be only that much more special (<3). If it’s possible to differentiate values from ideologies, we can look at Christianity and realize that while there might be many Christians who 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.
As always, I want to preface this by saying that I find any person’s emotions to be fully, 100% justified and 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, and 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. 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. No one knows what it’s like to be someone else.
having said that, it is human nature to either forget that fact, or to forgo for sake of power politics or any other attempt at justification of assumed parental influence. Just because you’re right in your emotional argument doesn’t render your ‘personhood’ any better than anyone else’s, and to think otherwise is the first step towards totalitarian thinking. While I’m not saying that it’s wrong to get passionate about one’s stances or senses of identity, 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 that 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.
In light of the fact that there is no argument save a totalitarian one, the only realistic solution is to have faith and to wait it out. Humans are better than this; so long as we don’t go too far, we’ll get there.
I know that sounds tough, but that’s the only option here. 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, 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.
So by all means, give Karen Pence a 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.