Vice President Mike Pence, during his commencement speech to Liberty University graduates, addressed the increasing verbal ‘assaults’ against people of Faith.
During his speech, after congratulating the graduates, Mike Pence said that “it’s become acceptable and even fashionable to ridicule and discriminate against people of faith.”
Pence further explained to the graduates that they need to hold their Faith close as they prepare to enter the real world, a place where their Faith may be ridiculed.
“America needs men and women of integrity and faith now more than ever,” he said to the crowd. “The truth is we live in a time when the freedom of religion is under assault.”
“It wasn’t all that long ago that the last administration brought the full weight of the federal government against the Little Sisters of the Poor merely because that group of nuns refused to provide a health plan that violated their deeply held religious beliefs,” said Pence, referring to the nun’s who refused to pay directly and indirectly for abortion and birth control methods that could guarantee the same result.
Pence later referred to the Media frenzy back in January when he defended his wife Karen after she was criticized for working at a Christian school that holds Christian doctrine to be true.
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“When my wife, Karen, returned to teach art at an elementary Christian school earlier this year, we faced harsh attacks by the media and the secular left.”
“America has always been a nation of faith and as our first vice president, John Adams, said, ‘our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people; it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.’ So, just know as you strengthen your foundation of Faith and the foundation of Faith among the American people, you will be strengthening the foundation of America itself,” he said.
Pence later encouraged the graduates to “be ready” to face oppression in whatever career path they were entering into. “You know throughout most of American history it’s been pretty easy to call yourself a Christian,” he said. “It didn’t occur to people that you might be shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible. But things are different now.”
“You are entering a growing American economy,” Pence said. “The America that awaits your energies and ambitions is experiencing a new era of opportunity and optimism. You’re beginning your careers at a time when this economy is growing. And we’ve restored American stature at home and abroad.”
“Unemployment is at a 50-year low and there are more Americans working today than ever before in the history of this country,” he said. “And this year, for the first time ever, there are more job openings in America than there are Americans looking for work. That’s good timing, Liberty.”