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Mike Pence’s speech to Christian college graduates furthers ‘evangelical persecution complex’

May 14, 2019

By Eugene Scott

Commencement ceremonies are usually opportunities for college graduates to hear a successful person share wisdom and counsel on how to succeed in a world that many young adults find overwhelming.

While Vice President Pence may have attempted to do just that during his Saturday speech to graduates of Liberty University, one of the world’s largest evangelical universities, much of his talk appeared to perpetuate what some call “the evangelical persecution complex.”

The Washington Post’s Allyson Chiu wrote:

The roughly 30-minute speech started off sounding more like a political rally, with Pence touting the Trump administration’s achievements, before seguing to religion.

“We live in a time when the freedom of religion is under assault,” he said, pointing to the spate of deadly attacks that have been recently carried out at places of worship in the U.S. and around the world.

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