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Pence Praises Anti-Gay Radio Host: 'Greatest Honor'

| by Michael Allen
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Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana told Dr. James Dobson on Oct. 5 that appearing on Dobson's "Family Talk" radio show was "the greatest honor of my life."

Dobson, who has said that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is a Christian, has a history of anti-LGBT statements.

In May 2015, Dobson warned in an open letter published on WorldNet Daily that if same-sex marriage were legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court (which it was), then "[b]arring a miracle, the family that has existed since antiquity will likely crumble, presaging the fall of Western civilization itself. "

Dobson also wrote that one of the goals of "the homosexual activist movement" was "overturning laws prohibiting pedophilia."

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In December 2012, Dobson opined that the Newtown, Connecticut, mass shooting could be linked to efforts to redefine the "institution of marriage."

In May 2016, Dobson suggested on WorldNet Daily that men should shoot transgender people: "If you are a dad, I pray you will protect your little girls from men who walk in unannounced, unzip their pants and urinate in front of them. If this had happened 100 years ago, someone might have been shot. Where is today’s manhood? God help us!"

During his Oct. 5 interview with Pence, Dobson asked if a Trump-Pence administration would get rid of Obamacare's mandate that requires contraception coverage, or would at least allow ministries and companies to ignore it via religious exemption, notes The Christian Post.

"The Trump-Pence administration will be dedicated to preserving the liberties of our people, including the freedom of religion that's enshrined in our Bill of Rights," Pence replied.

"We have a long tradition of accommodating religious beliefs in this country. Our administration is going to err on the side of freedom, we're going to err on the side of protecting our liberties of our people."

Dobson also asked Pence what he and Trump would do about the Obama administration's advisory from earlier this year that told public schools not to discriminate against transgender students regarding bathroom and locker room areas (which is what triggered Dobson's shooting scenario).

Pence said that he and Trump think the transgender bathroom issue should be resolved at the local levels with common sense regarding the safety and privacy of kids.

"Washington has no business intruding on the operation of our local schools," Pence added.

The federal government has a long history of "intruding on the operation" of public schools, including: the desegregation of schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957; the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (federal aid to disadvantaged children); the Education for All Handicapped Children Act in 1975.

Pence insisted that the presidential election was not about his controversial running mate, Trump: "[T]his isn't about him, this isn't about his team or our party; this is a movement of people across this country, and we can make America great again."

Sources: The Christian Post, WorldNet Daily (2) / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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