Mike Pence gave a speech at one of America’s most powerful anti-LGBTQ hate groups.
Pence addressed the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a group that has been involved in many major fights to overturn LGBTQ equality in the courts, often relying on the argument that Christian businesses should be allowed to violate state anti-discrimination laws. ADF’s leadership also has a long history of making hateful comments about LGBTQ people.
Pence complained about the criticism that he has gotten since becoming vice president, and ADF CEO Michael Farris asked him how he handled it.
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He brought up how his wife Karen Pence took a job at a school that bans LGBTQ faculty, staff, and students earlier this year in Virginia, and the criticism she received.
“We honestly didn’t see that one coming,” he said. “Our kids went to this school.”
He stressed the importance of prayer: “Number 1 is, spend more time on your knees than on the internet.”
He said that it is important to forgive people for the sin of caring about equality and social justice.
“As a Christian believer we’re charged to pray for our loved ones, but also pray for our enemies,” Pence said. “You have lots of opportunities in politics to do that.”
“Forgiveness is a great gift.”