Following Christ’s Example, Pence Observes Poor From Behind Barrier And Escorted By Armed Guards

The Out And Abouter

Mike-pence-border Vice President Pence, seen here trying to decide who to show God’s love to first. In the end he went with none.

Adding his name to the long list of great men and women who have followed in the selfless footsteps of Jesus, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence yesterday bore witness to Christ’s enduring example of selfless generosity by observing a roomful of the poor and homeless from behind a chain-link fence, accompanied by a contingent of heavily armed guards.

It was a scathing rebuttal to claims that Mr. Pence, and the Republican Party in general, is hiding a regressive humanity and tininess of heart behind an extremely selective version of Christianity. And later, in a moment that surely God himself smiled down upon during a Fox News commercial break, the vice president went on to assure everyone that the indefinitely caged souls he had mingled with from as little…

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