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Sasse Defends Karen Pence From Backlash Over Teaching At A Christian School

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Republican Senator Ben Sasse defended Second Lady Karen Pence after she faced backlash for announcing she was going to teach art at a Christian school. The Nebraska Senator addressed the topic during his appearance on “The Story With Martha MacCallum” on Wednesday night.

Karen Pence will begin teaching at Immanuel Christian School, which is a K-8 Christian school in Springfield, Virginia. The school adheres to Christian teachings and reserves the right to refuse applicants or expel students who engage in homosexual or transgendered behavior, or otherwise violate “the moral principles of the school.” (RELATED: PHOTOS: Karen Pence Unveils Christmas Decorations At VP Residence)

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“It started with the Karen Pence example. The school does ask teachers and parents to sign an agreement that basically says that they will not support or condone sexual immorality, homosexual activity, bi-sexual activity. What is your take on that controversy?” MacCallum asked.

“I can’t understand why these people don’t have more to do. Karen Pence is a lovely woman and she is trying to help and serve kids and she is doing it at a Christian school,” Sasse responded.

“She doesn’t need a job, she’s doing this to love her neighbor. She’s doing this to help kids learn about art. People have decided to attack her because it’s a Christian school. This is a fundamentally un-American way to think,” he continued. “I think that everybody should be saying Mrs. Pence, thank you for trying to serve people and help kids learn about art. The fact that she chooses to do it at a Christian school is every bit her right.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Sasse introduced a Senate resolution providing that it is unconstitutional to disqualify a nominee from public office because of his membership in the Knights of Columbus. This came up after Sens. Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono pressed judicial nominee Brian Buescher about his affiliation with the group.

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