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OpinionMayor Pete unmasks evangelicals like Pence

01:50  13 april  2019
01:50  13 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

Pete Buttigieg is pushing back on Mike Pence and a Christianity that does not support LGBT rights

Pete Buttigieg is pushing back on Mike Pence and a Christianity that does not support LGBT rights The gay South Bend, Ind., mayor is actively trying to fight the idea that the right has a monopoly on faith.

When Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana was in college, he found himself admiring a gold cross hanging from the neck of his fraternity “big brother.”. The response he received left such a powerful impression that he would recall it decades later on the floor of Congress.

Mr. Buttigieg has confronted evangelicals like Vice President Mike Pence , questioning the moral authority of religious leaders who have stayed silent on Pete Buttigieg during a campaign stop in Concord, N.H., on Saturday. As a religious gay man, he has been discussing God and sexuality in an

Mayor Pete unmasks evangelicals like Pence© Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA/TNS U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the United Nations Security Council in New York on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

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Whether he wins the Democratic nomination or not, whether he's elected our next president or not, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has already made one great contribution to American politics: He's exposed the total hypocrisy of Mike Pence and so-called Christian Evangelicals who blindly support Donald Trump.

Feud between Pete Buttigieg and Mike Pence escalates

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Mayor Pete Called Out the 'Hypocrisy' of Trump-Supporting Evangelicals . But it's so much more than that—it I think that's the one you like ." It was all there: the obvious unfamiliarity with the material, and the Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a rising star in the 2020 Democratic field, said as much recently when he

Thom speaks with Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, IN about Governor Mike Pence and why he would be a disaster for our country as Vice President. If you liked this clip of The Thom Hartmann Program, share it with your friends.

As Buttigieg said on "Meet the Press" last Sunday, "I can't believe that somebody that was caught writing hush money checks to adult film actresses is somebody they should be lifting up as the kind of person they want to be leading the nation." Or, he could have added, as bona fide Christians, are they really professing loyalty to a man who bragged about grabbing women by their genitals and getting away with it?

Among Evangelicals, even his most ardent supporters have a hard time explaining why they cling to Donald Trump despite his disgusting, immoral, and decidedly un-Christian personal behavior. Their latest ploy is the King Cyrus defense, aka "vessel theology." 2,500 years ago, it was Persia's pagan King Cyrus who allowed Jews to return from captivity in Babylon and rebuild their temple in Jerusalem. Like God once used Cyrus, Evangelical leader and Trump supporter Mike Evans explains, God is now using Trump, "this flawed human being like you or I, this imperfect vessel, and he's using him in an incredible, amazing way to fulfill his plans and purposes."

Pete Buttigieg’s Bad-Faith Attack on Mike Pence

Pete Buttigieg’s Bad-Faith Attack on Mike Pence The vice president makes a convenient villain for the Left, regardless of the facts.

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is not your typical candidate for president. Here are a few facts about ' Mayor Pete .' USA TODAY. And Buttigieg has questioned how an evangelical Christian like Pence could “allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn star presidency.”

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who's running for president, condemned what he called the "hypocrisy" of evangelicals and other Christians who Buttigieg, a gay Christian, has questioned Trump's belief in God, as well as Vice President Mike Pence 's interpretation of Scripture.

Which is total nonsense. Notice: no Evangelicals made the Cyrus argument when that "flawed human being" and "imperfect vessel" was a Democrat named Bill Clinton. Does it only apply to Republican sinners? Let's face it, Evangelicals hide behind the Cyrus defense because they're afraid to admit the real reason they support Donald Trump. In their minds, he may be an adulterer and serial sexual predator, but he promised to do, and has delivered on, the only thing they really care about: appointing judges to the Supreme Court who will overturn Roe v. Wade and reverse the court's recognition of same-sex marriage.

To them, nothing else matters. Trump can cheat on his wife, pay porn stars, say nice things about white nationalists, rip immigrant children from their parents and lock them up in cages, take health care away from people with pre-existing conditions, unleash a flood of personal insults on Twitter, or call people names they dare not repeat in front of their own children. Conservative Christians like Pence don't care. That's just the price they're willing to pay for Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Pete Buttigieg, Gay and Christian, Challenges Religious Right on Their Own Turf

Pete Buttigieg, Gay and Christian, Challenges Religious Right on Their Own Turf As a religious gay man who believes his party has ceded discussion of religion and spirituality to Republicans, Pete Buttigieg, a Democratic candidate for president, is talking about God and sexuality in an unconventional way: He is using the language of faith to confront the Christian right on territory they have long claimed as their own. 

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg responding to Governor Mike Pence 's stance on LGBTQ protections in Indiana.

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE : Well, look, I worked very closely with Mayor Pete when I was governor of the state of Indiana. We had a great working relationship. And he said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally, and he knows better.

In so doing, as I argued in my book "How the Republicans Stole Religion," they turn Scripture upside down. Reverend Jim Wallis, founder of the social justice organization Sojourners, notes that there are 31,156 total verses in the Bible. Over 5,000 of them deal with helping the poor. Not one verse of Scripture deals with abortion. Not one, about gay marriage. Wherever these self-important Christians got their sense of priorities, they didn't get it from the Old or New Testament.

But that's not Buttigieg's only good move. He's also done a great service in educating Pence and other right-wing Christians about LGBTQ Americans, which is a lesson Pence still hasn't learned. Remember, this is the same Mike Pence who, as governor of Indiana, signed legislation making it OK for businesses, in the name of Jesus, to refuse service to gay customers.

That's not only anti-American it's contrary to the promise of universal equality enshrined in the Constitution. But, as Buttigieg points out, it's also fundamentally anti-Christian, because it presumes that God Himself, who created us all, would invite us to discriminate in favor of some of his children and against others.

Mike Pence, facing criticism from Pete Buttigieg over his record on gay rights, says mayor 'knows better'

Mike Pence, facing criticism from Pete Buttigieg over his record on gay rights, says mayor 'knows better' Vice President Mike Pence speaks out after the South Bend, Indiana, mayor made waves by critiquing Pence's record on LGBT equality. "He said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally. And he knows better. He knows me," said Pence, who served as governor of Indiana when Buttigieg came out as gay during his reelection campaign for mayor. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The vice president's comments came during an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, of South Bend, Indiana, is a man you might not be familiar with, but based on his comments at a televised SXSW CNN town hall, he’s Vice President Mike Pence is no better, much as people would like to think his calm demeanor and comparatively better vocabulary suggest otherwise.

Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg ( /ˈbʊdədʒɪdʒ/ BUU-dəh-jij;; born January 19, 1982) is an American politician and former Naval Intelligence Officer who has served as the mayor of the city of South Bend

Nobody exposed the fallacy of that thinking better than Buttigieg: "Speaking only for myself, I can tell you that if my being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade," he told a gathering of the Victory Fund in Washington. "That's the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my Creator."

Bravo for Pete Buttigieg. Many would argue that it's human genetics, not divine intervention that determines whether one is gay or straight. But, regardless, for too long, we've had to suffer phony prophets like Mike Pence from the religious right. Isn't it refreshing to finally have a true leader -- from the religious left!

(Bill Press is host of a nationally-syndicated radio show, CNN political analyst and the author of the new book, "Trump Must Go: The 100 Top Reasons to Dump Trump (And One to Keep Him)," which is available in bookstores now. You can hear "The Bill Press Show" at his website: billpressshow.com. His email address is: [email protected]. Readers may also follow him on Twitter at @bpshow.)

I’m gay and support Mike Pence – don’t believe Pete Buttigieg’s claim that Pence is anti-gay.
I’m someone those on the left would have you believe doesn’t exist: a gay, black, conservative, Republican Christian. I’m glad that anti-gay bias doesn’t seem to be hurting South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, but I plan to vote to re-elect President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in November 2020. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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