Peter Williams, Sam Jones, James Gilhooley
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Support VP Mike Pence as Taylor University Commencement Speaker
Problem:It has just been announced that VP Mike Pence has accepted the invitation to speak at Taylor University's graduation ceremony. Many members of the Taylor community feel that Pence speaking at graduation is not a circumstance of benefit, and thus, believe his invitation should be rescinded. Solution:As students and active community members of Taylor University, we believe that the the University's decision to host VP Mike Pence as commencement speaker should be supported. By Pence speaking at this upcoming graduation, Taylor is by no means aligning themselves with the alleged controversial views of the Trump administration, they are simply giving a voice to all opinions and planes of thought. We also believe that someone of power, such as VP Mike Pence, should be respected and welcomed for committing their incredibly valuable time to Taylor University, regardless of political affiliation. Mike Pence is also known for his personal beliefs in Christianity. If disagreements arise concerning the personal views of Pence, that does not justify calls to restrict Pence's speaking as a whole. "I am a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order." -VP Mike Pence Romans 2:1-4 "Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?" Romans 13:1-2 "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.