Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska blasted left-wing groups for attacking Second Lady Karen Pence's decision to resume her teaching career at a Christian school in Washington.

Mrs. Pence was recently hired to teach art at a school that some critics said is homophobic because a document from the school asks students "not to participat[e] in, support or condone sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bisexual activity."

The Human Rights Campaign was one group to speak out, tweeting that the Pences "never miss an opportunity to show their public service only extends to some."

Sasse called the outrage "absurd" and said that Pence's religious beliefs were under attack.

"She doesn't need a job, she's doing this to love thy neighbor, through art," Sasse said, calling the criticism a "fundamentally unamerican way to think."

Sasse added that a judge from his home state was subjected to similar scrutiny from Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Kamala Harris of California, who questioned -- among other things -- his membership in the Knights of Columbus.


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Judge Brian Buescher, who President Trump nominated to a federal judgeship in the Cornhusker State, is a devout Roman Catholic and member of the religion's historic fraternal organization for men.

Sasse said the Senate passed a resolution late Wednesday that rebuked Hirono and Harris: 

"The sense of the Senate that disqualifying a nominee to federal office on the basis of membership in the Knights of Columbus violates the Constitution of the United States," the resolution read, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

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