‘Not my Jesus’: Christian college feels backlash over students trashing Mike Pence commencement

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Several conservative Christian heavyweights, including the Rev. Franklin Graham, have come out swinging against a batch of left-wing Christian college students who’ve been trash-talking Vice President Mike Pence. And yes, even Christian colleges contain their fare share of left-wing radicals.

Situated in Indiana, Taylor University is one of America’s oldest evangelical Christian colleges. Yet a segment of students at the school are reportedly so left-wing that the prospect of Vice President Mike Pence speaking at the school’s May commencement has left them shaking.

“Taylor University, you should be ashamed of yourselves. …I am physically shaking. …Taylor University, I feel personally attacked,” one student reportedly wrote on Facebook.

The student was not alone. Thousands of people — most of them presumably current or former students —  have signed a Change.org petition demanding the VP’s invitation to speak be rescinded.

Why? Because apparently the Christian values of Pence, a devout Christian who actually lives by the words of the Bible, are offensive to some allegedly Christian students at Taylor.

This has not say well with a number of notable conservative Christians.

“What are these people smoking?” Rev. Franklin Graham, one of the most noted Christians in America, wrote in a scathing Facebook post last Tuesday. “This reminds me of Paul’s words, ‘You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?” (Galatians 3:1).”

Read the full post below:

For the life of me I don’t understand this. Some students and alumni at Taylor University in Indiana, a Christian…

Posted by Franklin Graham on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

They must indeed be smoking something given what they think.

“The Jesus that I read about in the Bible said, ‘Let the little children come to me,’ yet this administration is locking children up along the border, and Pence’s discrimination against the LGBT community is disgraceful,” Alex Hoekstra, the 2007 graduate who created the petition, told NBC News.

To be clear, the Trump administration isn’t “locking children up along the border.” It’s justifiably apprehending illegal alien families and detaining them in accordance with the current law.

Moreover, the VP hasn’t discriminated against the LGBT community. He has however made it clear that he subscribes to the Bible’s outlook on homosexuality, which is that it’s a sin.

In fact, according to Kevin Holtsberry, a Taylor alumni who actually abides by the words of the Bible, Pence’s allegedly offensive and hateful beliefs are shared by the majority of Christians.

“The vice president has very orthodox Christian beliefs, very traditional beliefs, that a vast majority of Christians believe,” he said during an appearance last Monday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”

“His political views are shared by a large section of America, so it’s not a radical choice, and I think people should be able to engage and disagree with his views and do it in a mature fashion.”


Unfortunately, such wisdom doesn’t appear to matter to the left-wing students at Taylor.

Not my Taylor. Not my Jesus,” one student who signed Hoekstra’s petition wrote.

“The fact that Taylor would invite Pence as a speaker honestly kills me a little bit. I can’t imagine what it must feel like for lgbt students to have to see this man’s harmful bulls*** be honored on the Taylor stage. Really disgusting stuff, Taylor. Really ashamed to be an alum right now,” another added.

It’s unclear what “harmful bulls***” the signer was referencing. The VP has a history of treating everybody, including those who insult him, with the utmost respect.

Consider for instance his treatment of Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana. When Buttigieg came out as gay in 2015, then-Indiana Gov. Pence didn’t disrespect him; rather, he praised him.

“I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard. I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot,” Pence reportedly said when asked at the time by the media about the mayor.

Even the mayor has previously admitted how well Pence has treated him: “He was noticeably moved by my deployment. He called me the day I was driving to the base,” he wrote in his memoir, referring to the time he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 as part of his Navy duties.

Conversely, the Democrat 2020 contender has and continues to repeatedly disrespect the VP over his religious beliefs by smearing him as an intolerant bigot who discriminates against gays.

“If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” he said recently while speaking at the LGBTQ Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch.

“And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences 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.”



It’s a completely false narrative that Pence or other Christians like him have an issue with the likes of Buttigieg or want to hurt them or discriminate against them.

If anything, the reverse argument could be posited — that radical members of the homosexual community want to silence and/or destroy anyone and everyone who refuses to kowtow to their beliefs. The Change.org petition launched by the students at Taylor is a perfect example of this.

It’s anti-Christian bigotry, plain and simple, and sadly enough it’s being carried out by Christians themselves.

And yet:

The only detectable hate speech vis-à-vis the VP is the mean, vile and unchristian hate speech that’s directed at both Pence and President Donald Trump every minute of every day.

Here’s just a sample of it (warning: harsh language):

This is what real hatred looks like, but sadly, the students at Taylor are so blinded by left-wing propaganda that they think the man with nothing but kindness in his heart is the real monster.



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