At her new residency in Las Vegas, Lady Gaga spoke out against the Vice President's wife after she accepted a job at an anti-gay Christian school
While performing on Saturday at her new residency at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, the 32-year-old singer said, “To Mike Pence, who thinks that it’s okay that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ, you’re wrong. You’re the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian.”
“I am a Christian woman,” she added, “and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome. So you can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there.”
The moment was captured on video by one concert-goer, who posted the clip on Twitter, writing, “We need more people like Gaga to not be afraid and to speak up. What she says here, thank you for using your voice.”
The singer also spoke out against the ongoing government shutdown, saying, “If the f—ing president of the United States could please put our government back…. There are people who live paycheck to paycheck and need their money.”
The Second Lady, 62, announced last week that she would return to teaching art at a conservative bible school in the Washington, D.C., area. She previously stopped teaching at the school when her husband left Congress to become governor of Indiana.
“I am excited to be back in the classroom and doing what I love to do, which is to teach art to elementary students,” Mrs. Pence said in a statement, according to NBC News.
Almost immediately reporters noted the school, Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia, requires that employees agree to a broad set of behavioral guidelines that explicitly discriminate against gay and transgender people.
Among other things, the school’s employee applications asks applicants to affirm that marriage is “the uniting of one man and one woman” and that they will “maintain a lifestyle based on biblical standards of moral conduct” which precludes “homosexual or lesbian sexual activity” and “transgender identity.” Potential employees are also required to sign that they are born-again Christians.
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In response, a spokeswoman for Pence described the controversy as “absurd.”
“It’s absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school’s religious beliefs, are under attack,” Kara Brooks previously told PEOPLE.
She did not provide further comment, such as whether Pence signed the behavioral guidelines in the application.
Immanuel Christian School also did not respond to a request for comment.