Vice President Mike Pence became a radicalized Christian in college, according to a new CNN profile of his earlier years.
Pence, a Catholic Democrat when he went to Hanover College, grew more radicalized throughout his years at the school and even ratted out his frat brothers at Phi Gamma Delta for drinking beer.
He also believed his now-wife Karen was a “sinner.”
“Eventually his faith led him to reject some friends and even regard his fiancée, Karen, as a sinner whom he would have to forgive in order to marry,” CNN reported. “These habits of mind, later revealed in his hostility to equality for gay people and even climate science, were formed when he was barely an adult.”
His classmates called Pence a “cruel” Christian.
“He was rigid, condescending and exclusionary,” classmate Linda Koon told the network. “You had to fit into his little pocket of Christianity, and I didn’t fit.”
“He acted like he had been struck by lightning,” Koons said. “I had just grown up in the Lutheran Church and had always been a Christian. That wasn’t good enough. He told me that wasn’t good enough, ‘God doesn’t want your kind.’ It was a very narrow view of an infinite being.”
According to a gay classmate, Pence humiliated him for coming out.
“I went to him because I respected him. Mike told me that who I was was an abomination, and that I had to change. He also stopped being my friend,” the classmate said.
“He told me that he needed to forgive [Karen] because she had been married before and wasn’t a virgin,” he added. “It had taken a while for him to get there, but he had forgiven her. He couldn’t forgive me in the same way and it was a long time before I came out to anyone else.”