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Students and alums from a small evangelical college in Indiana are outraged that Vice President Mike Pence has been invited to give this year's commencement speech.
More than 3,700 people have signed a petition on change.org that calls for the invitation for the vice president to be speak at the ceremony in May be rescinded.
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'Inviting Vice President Pence to Taylor University and giving him a coveted platform for his political views makes our alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump-Pence Administration's policies, which we believe are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear,' the petition reads.
The announcement that Pence would be the school's speaker was made last week.
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In a press release, the school's president, Dr. Paul Lowell Haines, said: 'Taylor University is pleased and honored to welcome to our campus and its 2019 Commencement exercises, Vice President Mike Pence.'
'Mr. Pence has been a good friend to the University over many years, and is a Christian brother whose life and values have exemplified what we strive to instill in our graduates.
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'We welcome the Vice President and his wife, Karen Pence, to this 173-year-old premier institution of Christian higher education, and thank them for their love and service for our nation, our state, and our institution,' Haines added.
One Taylor graduate told Fox News that the school 'should be ashamed...I am physically shaking...I feel personally attacked'
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But Taylor officials said they are standing by their decision.
Pence was also recently criticized by Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg who pointed out that the vice president's policies 'discriminate' against gay and **** Americans.
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Buttigieg, who went from virtual unknown to budding political phenomenon in just weeks, has mentioned Pence - the former governor of his home state, Indiana - multiple times in his speeches.
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