Trump Announces Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Who Backed Down on Religious Freedom Act, as Running Mate

PenceRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump has announced that he has selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, and is set to formally introduce Pence during a news conference on Saturday.

“I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my vice presidential running mate,” Trump posted to social media on Friday morning.

On Thursday night, Trump told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren that he hadn’t yet decided for sure who he would select after she noted that reports revealed Pence had been chosen.

“I haven’t made my final, final decision,” he stated. “I mean, I’ve got three people [in mind] that are fantastic. I think Newt (Gingrich) is a fantastic person. I think Chris Christie is a fantastic person. [He’s] been a friend of mine for 15 years; just a fantastic person. And there’s Mike, and Mike has done a great job as governor of Indiana. You look at the numbers, and it’s been great—he’s done really a fantastic job. But I haven’t made a final, final decision.”

He advised soon after at a fundraiser that same evening that he was “ready to announce,” according to an event attendee. Trump has postponed his formal press conference due to the terror attack in France.

Pence is known for being at the center of controversy last year when he signed into law the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The bill was meant to mirror the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law in the 1990’s by then-President Bill Clinton.

However, homosexual activists and advocates soon rose up against Pence, asserting that the bill made provision for Christians and others to discriminate against homosexuals.

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While Pence said that the bill had been “grossly misconstrued” by homosexual activists and the media and made to be an issue about homosexuality rather than a response to the Hobby Lobby contraceptive decision, he said that the “mischaracterization” now “might make it necessary … to clarify the law through legislation.”

Therefore, lawmakers proposed a clarification to the bill that banned business owners from declining to fulfill orders for homosexual ceremonies, which Pence promptly signed. His signature disappointed evangelicals, especially since Pence professes to be a Christian.

“Christian bakers, florists and photographers … no longer have the benefit of Indiana law to help protect them from being forced by the government to participate in a homosexual wedding,” lamented Eric Miller, founder and executive director of Advance America.

“It gives the government a new weapon against individual citizens who are merely exercising freedoms that Americans were guaranteed from the founding of this country,” said Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner. “Surrendering to deception and economic blackmail never results in good policy.”

“If a Christian vendor can be forced to collaborate with an unmitigated evil, like assisting with a homosexual marriage, then the law and religious freedom has no meaning,” Red State commented. “In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court acknowledged that even a closely held corporation cannot be compelled to violate its religious beliefs. Why private citizens should not have the same rights, and be able to enforce those rights when harassed and bullied … is a mystery.”

Pence, who grew up Roman Catholic and now identifies as evangelical, has been considered to have a pro-life record, recently signing into law a bill that bans aborting children with disabilities, but allows abortions for other reasons.

In December, Pence posted to social media that he disagreed with Trump’s plan to place a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants.

“Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional,” he wrote.

However, Pence shrugged off his differences with Trump on Tuesday, remarking that he doesn’t align perfectly with any politician.

“Look, I served in Congress for 12 years. I’ve been a governor for three and a half years. I haven’t agreed with every one of my Republican colleagues or Democrat colleagues on every issue,” he told reporters. “But I’m supporting Donald Trump because we need change in this country, and I believe he represents the kind of strong leadership at home and abroad that will, to borrow a phrase, make America great again.”

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  • Amos Moses

    Paula White Advising Trump On How To Exploit Name Of Jesus For Personal Gain

    NEW YORK, NY—After it was reported that she had “led him to Christ,” sources confirmed that Paula White, televangelist and Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Florida, is actively advising Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on how to shamelessly exploit the name of Jesus Christ for personal gain.

    White, who has decades of experience misusing Christ’s name for extravagant monetary profit, has become Trump’s “spiritual adviser,” according to sources, and looks to leverage her expertise to help the Republican frontrunner prostitute the Son of God’s name in return for evangelical votes.

    “She started by reportedly getting [Trump] to say the ‘sinner’s prayer,’ which, just right there, was a shrewd move, and will get a good chunk of evangelicals to instantly declare him a Christian,” noted political analyst Michael Kelly. “She’s teaching him how to manipulate people by perverting the name of Jesus, the gospel, the Bible, and any other sacred thing he can get his hands on, in order to benefit himself—basically, what she’s been doing since the early 90s.”

    “These slimy prosperity gospel tactics translate well into the political realm, for obvious reasons,” the expert added.

    Babylon Bee …………..

  • Amos Moses

    So this is what we get with Paula White as the “spiritual advisor” to DJT ……… further compromise of truth ………….. but why would we expect any different for a martext …………..

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Consience and liberty will be lost in America at this rate… May God protect American Christians and all children…

    • Josey

      God bless you Kim 🙂

    • james blue

      Conscience and liberty was lost when government forced others to accommodate our faith.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        The world has no conscience or liberty apart from the Judeo-Christian values. The Western culture is insane to apply the racial equality upon sexual immorality. Sin is slavery. Being colored is God’s creation. Homosexuality and transgenderism are sins. No human being should be forced to endorse sins. Jesus is the Truth. Having God’s truth is the true liberty and living it out is haveing a clear conscience.

  • Josey

    Gov. Pence besides the backing down on that ffr act has done a great job for Indiana but imo it doesn’t matter because we are in the last days and near the midnight hour, I am looking for my Savior’s return for His bride and the culmination of His end time plan to come to fruition and if they aren’t for Christ they are against Him, I don’t care if they say they are Catholic, muslim, baptist, whatever, you must be born again!

    • Charles

      Gonna be a rough ride in the days ahead for those who love the Lord Jesus Christ.

      • Josey

        thankfully His grace is all sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  • While I’m not looking to be raptured out of this mess, I am concerned that Pence will continue to cave in on Christian issues while serving as VP, if elected. May God help us as our choices for President are dismal.

    • Amos Moses

      Yeah ,,,, past dividends are not a guarantee of future performance …… i do have to give him a thumbs up for attending …………….

      Immanuel Bible Church where Jesse Johnson is the teaching pastor. Pence attended Immanuel for 12 years while serving in the U.S. Congress and his wife taught at the Christian school connected to the church. This is the church is a very conservative Bible teaching church.

      or so i have read …….. i made a few rash comments earlier that were deleted and rightfully so …… Mea Culpa …… not saying i would vote for him …… but this is encouraging after the whole Paula White James Dobson kerfuffle ……..

      • Well, this is encouraging news. I’m familiar with Jesse Johnson’s preaching and pray it has left a lasting impression on Mr. Pence. 🙂

  • Charles

    Mike Pences’ Views On:

    Immigration laws
    In June 2006, Pence unveiled an immigration plan (which he described as “no amnesty immigration reform”) that would include increased border security, followed by strict enforcement of laws against hiring illegal aliens, and a guest worker program. This guest worker program requires potential participants to apply from their home country to government-approved job placement agencies that match workers with employers who cannot find Americans for the job.[41] The plan received support from conservatives such as Dick Armey,[42] but attracted criticism from other conservatives such as Phyllis Schlafly, Richard A. Viguerie, and Pat Buchanan, who viewed Pence as lending “his conservative prestige to a form of liberal amnesty.”[43][44]

    Views on homosexuality
    In 2000, Pence stated “Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s [sic] as a discreet [sic] and insular minority entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.”[51] He called for “an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus [sic]” and instead advocated for resources to be directed toward conversion therapy programs.[52][53][54]

    Pence has said that homosexuals should not serve in the military, saying, “Homosexuality is incompatible with military service because the presence of homosexuals in the ranks weakens unit cohesion” and in 2010 stated that repealing Don’t ask, don’t tell would “have an impact on unit cohesion.”[55] Pence opposed the 2009 Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, saying that Barack Obama wanted to “advance a radical social agenda”[56] and said that pastors “could be charged or be subject to intimidation for simply expressing a Biblical worldview on the issue of homosexual behavior.”[57]

    Pence opposes both same-sex marriage and civil unions.[58] While in the House, he said that “societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family”.[59] He has advocated a constitutional same-sex marriage ban but did not champion such a proposed ban for his first year as governor.[60]

    Abortion and Planned Parenthood
    Pence began seeking to defund Planned Parenthood in 2007,[61] by introducing legislation aimed at preventing any organization that provides abortion services from receiving Title X funding.[62]

    So he has some Christian views on some of these issues. Problem is if he’ll just bend under pressure.

    • TheKingOfRhye

      Well, that just gives me more reasons NOT to vote for Trump.

      (not that anyone should have expected me to, anyway, I mean c’mon, I’m an atheist, pro-LGBT, liberal, do you think I’m voting Republican any time soon? lol)

      • Charles

        Are you voting for Hillary?

        • TheKingOfRhye

          I don’t even know yet….considering Gary Johnson more and more lately.

      • Trump’s a Republican now? Vote Sweet Meteor of Death!

        • TheKingOfRhye

          Whether you wanna call him a “RINO” or not, he IS the Republican candidate, after all. (really, it would probably be most accurate to call him a right-wing populist, I think…he ain’t no liberal, that’s for sure) But anyway, I’ve got more reasons to not want to vote for him than just the fact that he’s a Republican. “Sweet Meteor of Death”? Talking about Hillary there? I just said the other day here how I was considering Gary Johnson. But still, I’d take Hillary over Trump any day.

  • james blue

    When non Christians can legally refuse goods and services to us because they disagree with our faith, then and only then, can we demand the right to discriminate against those who live counter to our faith without being hypocritical. Mathew 7:12

    • Amos Moses

      WOW …….. you can really make up some $#! ……….

      7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
      7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
      7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
      7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
      7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
      7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
      7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
      7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
      7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

      Not really saying what you are trying to make it say ………….. out of context never works the way you want it too when you read it in context ……

      • james blue

        Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

        You want to discriminate against those who live counter to your faith, be prepared to have others who don’t share your faith to discriminate against you

        • Amos Moses

          “You want to discriminate against those who live counter to your faith, be prepared to have others who don’t share your faith to discriminate against you”

          Gee……. that is what makes christianity CHRISTIANITY ……….

          69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

          John 15:25
          15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
          15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
          15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
          15:23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
          15:24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
          15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

          And you have it in reverse ……….. they discriminate against us ……….. without cause …… does not mean we should return that ………. but your vision seems to be askew as to what reality is …….

    • They do regularly. Where have you been.

      • james blue


        • Friend ordered a caked that had a Christian message from a known Homosexual bakery and they refused. I personally got harassed at work because I spoke from a Biblical worldview. Don’t tell me Christians aren’t persecuted here but it is FAR worse in Muslim countries for Christians. Read the stories on this site for more. And the very fact you are here bothering Christians is ALSO proof.

        • Examples abound in THIS website YOU are on. Even your own comments are!

  • Maybe Trump can give Pence some backbone.

  • Harbinger

    Now that a portion of the Methodist flavor has decided to become sovereign of their own accord and appoint homosexual priests, I think we have bigger problems. Church leadership should be those who follow the Holy Spirit. The truth is since the church universally has become more progressive, we have allowed our spiritual enemy to blind us. Homosexuality is sin, just like stealing or lying, but we tend to go after it because it is one sin that the sinner flaunts – there are no “Liars pride” parades.
    That being said, did we really think this wasn’t going to happen; afterall, we allow divorced and remarried people in the church every weekend. The truth IS how is it we allow one sinner in but not the homosexual sinner? I know I made a lot of enemies by saying that, but are those of us who are divorced and remarried in the church willing to sacrifice eternity? Jesus said to leave all for Him, correct? He said hate your parents, spouse, children….did He not? These are the questions the church needs to discuss and make amends for. Just yesterday I spoke to the architect for the building of my church. He is now getting ready for his third or maybe 4th marriage while a Christian. Now some of you may say this is okay, but he is also acting as a Christian counselor in the church. I just don’t see how someone who has been mocking God can stay in a leadership position.
    For many people Jesus is a figure who dispenses crowns when the truth is Jesus dispenses crosses. Until we decide to take up our cross and deny the self nature daily, we are not true Disciples of Jesus. Self denial is very, very difficult that’s why many – now hear – me many will fall away in the last days. Who can hear me?

  • Amos Moses

    We need a woman in the White House!

    Criticism of Hillary is sexist!

    Donald Trump is racist for criticizing illegal immigrants!

    But Melania Trump is a “dumb bi**h” with a stupid accent who needs to be deported.

    If you needed a reminder about how leftists preach “tolerance” while engaging in actual bigotry, the reaction to Melania’s RNC speech provided it in spades.

    Seizing on Melania’s alleged “plagiarization” of a few sentences of a Michelle Obama speech, liberals took it several steps further, characterizing Trump’s wife (who speaks five different languages and worked hard to escape life in a concrete tower block in communist Yugoslavia) as a stupid immigrant who can’t speak English properly.

    Paul Joseph Watson ……………