In a commencement speech at Liberty University, Vice President Mike Pence cautioned 2019 graduates that they would be discriminated against for their faith, The Hill reports.
“Throughout most of American history, it's been pretty easy to call yourself Christian,” he told students on Saturday. “It didn’t even occur to people that you might be shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible.”
“But things are different now,” Pence added. He said that “some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs. Be ready.”
He discussed details from his own life, specifically an instance in which his wife was met with criticism last year for returning to work at a private elementary school that barred LGBT students and teachers.
“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,” he said.
“These attacks on Christian education are un-American.”
The vice president continued to boast about the Trump administration’s recent actions to “protect religious liberty.”
“I promise you, we will always stand up for the right of Americans to live, to learn, and to worship God according to the dictates of their conscience,” he said.
Pence also told students that they “picked a great time to graduate, because after two years of the leadership of President Donald Trump, jobs are coming back and America is back.”