VP fights back: Buttigieg chooses unwise strategy to attack Pence’s religion

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In response to the anti-Christian crusade being waged by Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the current mayor of South Bend, this week Vice President Mike Pence suggested that the 2020 hopeful take his complaints up with the U.S. Constitution and leave him be to worship in peace.

“I’ve known Mayor Pete for many years, we’ve worked very closely together when I was governor, and I considered him a friend. And he knows I don’t have a problem with him. I don’t believe in discrimination against anybody. I treat everybody the way that I want to be treated,” Pence said to CNN’s Dana Bash in response to Buttigieg’s continued assaults on his longtime Christian faith.

Instead of respecting the vice president’s beliefs, Bash then chose to push Buttigieg’s own anti-Christian talking points by asking, “Do you agree with him that it is God who made him gay?”

The Christian Bible makes it clear that homosexuality is an unnatural sin, so the answer to this question is clear. Why did Bash ask it then? Presumably to score political points against the VP.

“The truth of the matter is that all of us have our own religious convictions. Pete has his convictions, I have mine. And one of the beautiful things about America is that we have the freedom of religion. … Well, I think Pete’s quarrel is with the First Amendment.”

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Speaking on “Ellen” Friday afternoon, Buttigieg responded by claiming his issue isn’t with the vice president’s faith but rather with his allegedly hateful and discriminatory policies.

“I’m not critical of his faith. I’m critical of bad policies,” hes said. “I don’t have a problem with religion. I’m religious, too. I have a problem with religion being used as a justification to harm people, especially in the LGBTQ community. So many people even today feel like they don’t belong.”

While the VP hasn’t had a chance to respond yet, Fox News contributor Raymond Arroya argued during an appearance Friday evening on FNC’s “The Ingraham Angle” that Buttigieg was lying.

“When Mayor Pete started this religious crusade against Pence, it was not focused on LGBT issues, but it was a kind of ideologically infused puritanism. He challenged Mike Pence’s character.

True. During a CNN-hosted town hall event last month, the South Bend mayor derided Pence as a “cheerleader for the porn star presidency.” It was a reference to accusations that President Donald Trump once had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels. It’s unclear what these accusations have to do with the vice president, let alone his and Trump’s successful management of the country.

“Then later he would go on to call the Mike Pences of the world to account for their unwillingness to accept him,” Arroya continued. “This isn’t about rights. This is about a small-time mayor trying to break from the pack, distinguish himself from the crowd, and I think a vain attempt to reclaim religion for a party that has let it languish and disparaged it for too many years.”

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He added that the mayor’s incessant attacks on Pence make him sound like a judgmental ass.

“It puts Buttigieg in the position of being a judgmental, rather Puritan virtue-signaling guy who’s judging someone else for his faith — ‘unless you do what I do,'” he said.

And it also makes it significantly easier for others’ to highlight his hypocrisy. Arroya noted for instance that last year the mayor blocked the opening of a pro-life pregnancy center.

“In South Bend, he’s got a real problem. There was a pregnancy crisis center that wanted to open up near an abortion clinic. He shut it down. That’s going to create problems,” he explained.

“How unfortunate that the Women’s Care Center has been denied in its own hometown the opportunity to expand their compassionate services to a location where it could best reach the women who could benefit most,” local Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades said at the time.

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The decision by Buttigieg was made in opposition to the South Bend City Council, which had voted 5-4 to grant the Women’s Care Center the right to open up its pregnancy center.

“We live in a diverse community,” council Vice President Oliver Davis complained to the South Bend Tribune following the mayor’s ruling. “I’m concerned … now that a group can come before a zoning board and say, ‘We don’t like that group… so we don’t want them next to us.'”

For a man who speaks so passionately about tolerance, empathy and diversity, Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg seems awfully averse to all three. It’s shameful but not necessarily surprising given which political party he’s devoted himself to representing.

Hypocrisy has always been a staple of the Democrat Party — one that the 2020 contender has clearly chosen to adopt as his own modus operandi:

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