Vice President Mike Pence is getting pushback from Taylor University students and alumni after the small evangelical Christian school tapped the former Indiana governor to be this year’s commencement speaker. Those protesting Pence’s invitation to the Upland school with less than 2,000 undergrads argue he doesn’t represent their Christian values and makes them feel unsafe.
Taylor University in Indiana arranged for Vice President Pence to be their commencement speaker. This being a Christain college, I would expect the students and alumni to be excited and honored to have him as a speaker. How is it that over 3,000 students and alumni feel that Pence doesn’t represent their values and makes them feel unsafe?
Upset alumni and students are voicing their anger as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a Democratic presidential hopeful, criticized Pence. Buttigieg, who is openly gay, discussed his sexual orientation during an event hosted by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, saying: “If me being gay was a choice, it was made far, far above my pay grade … That’s the thing that I wish the Mike Pence’s of the world would understand – that if you got a problem with who I am – your problem is not with me, your quarrel sir, is with my creator.”
The vice president hit back saying Buttigieg “knows better.”
Kevin Holtsberry, a Taylor alumni, told “Fox & Friends” Monday morning the outraged alumni and students are mistaking disagreement on political issues with personal attacks, while also thanking the school for “standing firm” and not pulling Pence’s invitation.
How is it that “Christians” are crying about a “Christain” being a speaker. If they are all “Christians” their values should all be the same. Seems to me there are a lot of cry babies that are lukewarm Christians graduating from Taylor University. We should question what they have been taught and the values they hold. There is a sad state of affairs when graduates feel unsafe simply because someone that has a different opinion than them is speaking. What does this say about the generation coming?
“Since making the announcement of Vice President Mike Pence’s upcoming commencement speech, we have received feedback from people on either side of the issue. Taylor University is an intentional Christian community that strives to encourage positive, respectful and meaningful dialogue,” Taylor University spokesman, James Garringer, said in a statement.