The hashtag started on Friday in response to news that Karen Pence, the second lady of the United States, was teaching art at the Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia – a school which teaches that homosexuality is ‘immoral’, and is therefore homophobic.
Twitter user Chris Stroop started the hashtag in order to call out Mike Pence and David French, a conservative writer who defended the school’s homophobic policies.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote:
Hey fellow Christian school grads, let’s tell @VP and @DavidAFrench how traumatizing those bastions of bigotry are. Use the hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools @amandablount2 @300ZXNA @TheCheekyGinger @msnbc#ChristianAltFacts #EmptyThePews #Exvangelical #LGBTQ #FaithfullyLGBT
— Chris Stroop (@C_Stroop) January 18, 2019
#ExposeChristianSchools The bullying was intense, specifically for boys who weren't "manly". In the locker room, coaches would walk out when "soft" boys were getting towel-whipped in the shower or heads flushed in the commodes.
— Smellin’ Coffee (@smellin_coffee) January 19, 2019
I don’t know if I can properly address all the ways to #exposechristianschools. But here it goes. History classes never reviewed the American Indians’ cultures or the timeline of the Civil Rights Movemenet. Yay white-washed history. 🤢
— Elizabeth Garcia (@dire_blizzard) January 19, 2019
I don't remember learning about civil rights or the holocaust, but they sure did hammer into us how to convert other people. Other topics: why Catholics are going to hell and why 1990s Hillary Clinton was the antichrist. Yeah…
— Lesley Handel (@LesleyHandel) January 19, 2019
My school had Slave Day. Each year the jr class was auctioned off in the chapel; the auctioneer – a teacher – held a whip. Other students would “own” them for a day. Was a fundraiser. Couldn’t have prom/dances, but we had Slave Day. #ExposeChristianSchools @brchastain @C_Stroop
— hagen (@laura_hagen) January 19, 2019