30Jan/192

Dear Vice President Pence

Faith- strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

Dear Vice President Pence,

“…to see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us.”

“We’ll let the other critics roll off our back, but this criticism of Christian education in America should stop.”

These are, as you might recall, your comments regarding offense taken to your wife starting work at a school where the application requires the applicant to initial, among many other things, that they will not engage in “homosexual or lesbian sexual activity” and “transgender identity”. The school also reserves the right to deny students who identify as gay or come from a household where the parents happen to be gay.

Because that’s what they did back when Jesus walked among mankind, right? He was all for it, correct?

Your faith tells you this is the way people should be treated and it’s justified because of an interpretation of the Bible. And it is an interpretation, otherwise how many other older beliefs would you have to follow that are considered outdated and, in some cases illegal? Do you avoid eating shellfish and execute people for breaking the Sabbath? Yet this particular bit about gay folks sticks with you and so many others.

And you wonder why people are offended?

I’m offended you’re offended. Why? I’ll put this as simply as I can; in my mind, your faith ends where it contradicts my existence. Having faith is a choice. You can choose to open yourself up to it or not. I can’t change my attraction to my own gender and I don’t want to change it because I see nothing unnatural or wrong with it. I exist. I exist this way. I have the right to exist this way just as you have the right to exist as someone with heterosexual feelings.

I look back at the last 6 years of my life and, let me tell you, they haven’t been happy ones. I’ve lost both my parents—one to Alzheimer’s and the other to strokes and cancer—my father-in-law to cancer, my mentor to cancer, and more friends than I care to list. These are people who my husband and I cared about and who cared about us. Good people. People who made a positive difference in life. People who didn’t run the country and represent everybody in it, but who never said or believed it’s okay to discriminate against part of the population.

You know your record with our community. We know your record too. You fought against recognizing marriage between same-sex couples. You co-sponsored an amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. You voted against ENDA. You voted against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” And let’s not forget the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that went quite poorly for you when you were Governor. You knew what you were doing when you passed it. You knew what it would be used for. And we know what forced your hand to correct some of the damage; the loss of money to your state.

Now, here you are, Vice-President, serving under a man who goes against so many of the values Christians hold dear to them, values you and your wife purport to hold dear. What would Christian educators say about your boss if he wasn’t President? Think about it. But he is President. And while your job increased in scope as Vice-President, your view of our community hasn’t. So you work for a man like him, yet we’re the ones you hold in contempt?

It might interest you to know that I pray. Maybe even to the same God. I pray for the souls of my family and friends. And I pray any further damage you do to me and my kind is limited. Very limited. And that you don’t get a second term as Vice President to inflict more.

I pray you are forced to bear witness to your words and actions one day.

Maybe a little prayer on your part will help you evolve. We evolved. That’s why we’re here today. Now it’s your turn. And in this you have a choice. We don’t, because we’re here as we are, and we’re done changing to fit your faith.

Sincerely,

Kristoffer Gair


Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the recently re-published novella Falling Awake, and sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant.

2 Responses to “Dear Vice President Pence”

  1. magie says:

    So very proud of you Kris-such an accurate account and not fake news.

    • Kristoffer says:

      Thank you, Magie. Hearing the term fake news makes me shiver as much as the first time I heard the phrase alternative facts. Once he’s out of office, I hope both terms go with him.

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