Just imagine a handsome, young Mike Pence, playing his guitar, outgoing and friendly. Supports the Democratic Party, and gay rights.
Well, times have certainly changed.
A new report released by CNN, an ongoing profile series now on Veep highlights Mike Pence, his current religious beliefs and how it has shaped his personality as a young man, and his governing philosophy. CNN interviewed acquaintances and friends who knew Pence during his years at Hanover College. Detailing his character, his sudden religious “conversion” which turned a curious young man into a “rigid, condescending and exclusionary” politician.
Here a short list of the most shocking revelations from the report that details how Pence went from friendly to freaky.
Pence was once a Democrat.
Pence like his grandfather who was an immigrant supported the Democratic Party. He also was seen at campus parties, maintained friendships with classmates – this included women – and joined a fraternity Phi Gamma Delta. That appeared to change in 1978 after a religious epiphany.
Pence went through a “come to Jesus” moment.
While at Hanover, Pence became the leader with Vespers, a musical group playing Christian-themed music. It was at a Christian music festival that Pence underwent a religious awakening – in which he has described many times. According to CNN friends notices a shift in his personality as Pence became a “devoted” follower of God.
Pence began to rat out his frat brothers.
Beer and Fraternities go hand-in-hand and Phi Gamma Delta was no exception. Pence participated in many of their parties, and even wore a toga. However, after his religious conversion Pence managed to rat out his frat brothers after alerting a dean of students hiding kegs of beer in the Phi Gamma frat house.
There was a time Pence had female friends.
Lisa Koon who attended Hanover with Pence and knew him through the Vespers group enjoyed a warm friendship with Pence. That was until he found his religious “calling” and became more rigid and judgmental. She recalls on prayer group on a Vespers retreat Pence brought Koon to tears over her supposed “sinful” lifestyle, and condemning her for attending a frat party (Pence attended the same party). Koon soon found herself shunned by fellow Vespers, and angry over Pence’s judgment. Pence now will not dine with other women unless his wife is present (apparently she holds his balls).
He did have gay friends.
Trying to wrap our head around this one. But Pence was the first person a fellow student came out to and the student thought of Pence as a “mentor.” The gay man is anonymous in the CNN story but said Pence then labeled his as “an abomination” and proceeded to cut all contact with him after coming out. Fellow Hanover students confirmed the account. Scott Roos a fellow frat brother experienced a similar reaction after coming out.
Pence almost broke up with his now-wife.
In another reflection Scott Roos recalls Pence being disgusted over his then-friends (Karen) “sinful” lifestyle. Karen like many women lost her virginity before marriage, with Pence found disgusting. Well, Pence must have gotten over that one because he married her and they have three children. Roos believes Pence’s religiosity stems from political ambition: Pence told his “God told [Pence] he would be President.”
Now that your stomach has turned, we should suggest Pence enroll himself in conversion therapy…for not being such a judgmental douche and jerk.