Democrat presidential contender Pete Buttigieg’s political stances and his counter-cultural brand of Christianity are superior to President Trump’s as well as those of the conservative right. His wildly contradictory views, not to mention the extreme tilt of the publication, were laid bare in a sympathetic USA Today post April 3.
“I would say it is hard to look at this president’s actions and believe that they’re the actions of somebody who believes in God,” Buttigieg was quoted as saying. “I just don’t understand how you can be as worshipful of your own self as he is and be prepared to humble yourself before God.”
According to the article, Buttigieg is “affectionately called Mayor Pete.” The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is rising fast through the ranks of leftist candidates. He boasts a first quarter fundraising haul of $7 million and was in third place in a recent Iowa poll after starting out bringing up the rear in the Dem stampede to 2020.
Fair warning … the USA Today opinion story was written by Kirsten Powers, a CNN political analyst. If you have not had a righteous-anger boost yet today, read on …
The writer claimed that Buttigieg stood out as a “devoted Christian who is speaking against the dominance of the religious right in the public square.”
“The left is rightly committed to a separation of church and state … but we need to not be afraid to invoke arguments that are convincing on why Christian faith is going to point you in a progressive direction,” the mayor said in an interview with the reporter.
Buttigieg raked right-wing Christians for “saying so much about what Christ said so little about, and so little about what he said so much about.”
The article reads: Let’s parse this insightful formulation: “Saying so much about what Christ said so little about” applies to the religious right’s treatment of abortion as a litmus test for Christian faith, when in fact Jesus never mentioned the issue. That omission has not stopped many right-wing Christians from using President Donald Trump’s anti-abortion rights judicial appointments as the president’s “get out of jail free card,” and license for them to support a leader who consistently behaves in a way that is antithetical to the teachings of Jesus.
On the subject of Trump’s Christian faith, Buttigieg said, “I’m reluctant to comment on another person’s faith, but I would say it is hard to look at this president’s actions and believe that they’re the actions of somebody who believes in God. I just don’t understand how you can be as worshipful of your own self as he is and be prepared to humble yourself before God. I’ve never seen him humble himself before anyone. And the exaltation of yourself, especially a self that’s about wealth and power, could not be more at odds with at least my understanding of the teachings of the Christian faith.”
Buttigieg is gay and was married in the Episcopal Church he attends. He wants those who support LBGTQ causes to “beckon people onto the right side of history (rather than) … drag people there. If someone feels harassed and put upon by us, at the very moment we’re demanding tolerance and acceptance, one consequence is that we can leave them with nowhere to go but the religious right.”
Apparently to Buttigieg, preaching “grace” is about having people change their Biblical views to match his own.
Powers wrote: “I pressed him on how he could advocate showing so much grace to those who continue to perpetuate a biblical interpretation that has caused so much harm to gay people like him.
“Well, obviously, I want them to change,” he noted. “But I also want to recognize the struggle they might be having and get them there. And in getting there, I want some kind of healing to go on, so that they can recognize … that our marriages are just as good as theirs. Because people who are on what I would call the wrong side of this issue and of history probably don’t think of themselves as hateful. So we’ve got to make sure that they feel good about themselves in the process of coming to a more accepting view.”
Is it OK to wonder how much change Buttigieg wants in his fellow comrades on the left? The first guy that comes to mind is the one who thinks he’s the Messiah, Jesus himself … that guy from Chicago called Farrakhan.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg suggests that he is morally superior in his Christian faith to President Donald Trump https://t.co/a1wIe16NDO
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 3, 2019
His judging other people’s relationship with God clearly proves his own failings….
“Thou Shalt Not Judge”…….guess he forgot that…
— Winyan Staz Wakien (@WinyanStaz) April 4, 2019
Mayor Pete was raised by a Marxist and now questions others’ Christian faith. https://t.co/6wJex6qoMw
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) April 4, 2019
The Party that Boos God & demands after birth abortions has the marbles to question Trump’s faith.??? https://t.co/gxZ5SPGgbe
— JC Shannon (@BillClintonTHOF) April 5, 2019
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