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What's so controversial about an evangelical college inviting an evangelical leader to speak? Absolutely nothing – unless that leader is Vice President Mike Pence. Apparently, there isn't anywhere the former Indiana governor can go these days without generating debate – including a Christian university in his own home state. But is the protest on Taylor University's campus real – or just another orchestrated smear campaign by LGBT activists?
For the media, at least, the controversy at Upland's small liberal arts school is a goldmine. Any time the press can drive the narrative that there's trouble on the administration's horizon with evangelicals, they're more than happy to fan the flame. Earlier today, The Washington Post did just that with a feature piece on the supposed outrage on campus, warning that 2020 conservatives should be alarmed. Pointing to a petition meant to be signed by students and alums – but has instead been co-opted by outside liberals – reporters seem intent on turning the visit into a bigger dispute than it actually is.
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When we talked to Jim Garringer, the director of Taylor's media relations, he said the university was prepared for reaction to the announcement – but nothing like this. “We knew at some level that there'd be people who'd be unhappy about it because of the perceived association with [President] Trump, and we were ready for that ... But we also knew people would greet it with excitement as well.” What's caused the leadership so much heartburn, though, is the number of people who've reached out to Taylor and think the backlash is “a portrait of the entire university, which is not the case.” Historically, he said, “Taylor has been a place that's been able to...
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