Christian schools increasingly under attack, parochial educators say

WASHINGTON -- Leaders from Christian universities and colleges met Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss the current state of Christian schooling.

Some said Christian schools are under attack.

"We're living in a time of changing culture where there are many people who really find Christianity itself to be strange and sometimes even offensive,” said Russell Moore with Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Moore said he finds the trend troubling.

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“There are many, many people who have had positive experiences in Christian schools,” Moore told Fox News.

Two weeks ago, Second Lady Karen Pence came under attack when it was announced she would teach art at Immanuel Christian School in Virginia.  School leaders are accused of banning LGBTQ children but supporters say what the school does is require strict adherence to scriptural beliefs. Those beliefs include rejection of all forms of pre-marital sex.

“The controversy over Karen Pence teaching at the school is itself representative of what the problem is in American life. Someone doesn’t have to agree with what Christians historically believe about marriage and family, but that doesn't mean we should attempt to bully Christians out of existence or anyone else. It’s a Christian school, of course it’s going to hold to historic Christian principles and so the attempt to act shocked by that is really unfortunate,” Moore said.

Following the Pence announcement, a hashtag on Twitter #exposechristianschools surfaced. Moore says the negative tweet is aimed at demeaning those who attend Christian schools.

“I think we should be grateful and glad any time we have a second lady who is involved in her community serving in a school and the fact that she’s doing so in a school that is unapologetically Christian really shouldn’t be an issue,” Moore said.

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At Wednesday’s forum in Washington D.C., Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos focused on her own Christian schooling experience.

“There’s nothing I do that my faith perspective doesn't inform in some way,” DeVos told the crowd.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was also on hand, and told the crowd that having faith and practicing religion is important.

“From time to time, people say to me, ‘where is hope?’ I say hope is where it always has been – sitting right there between faith and charity,” Pelosi said.

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On Monday, President Trump showed his support for Christian schooling, praising schools for giving students the option of studying the Bible.