Intolerance and bigotry against Christians is increasing…
This is not a Democrat or Republican issue.
Christian-bashing and shaming is becoming popular among leading candidates for president.
The latest is Democrat Pete Buttigieg (pronounced Budda-judge) – who has already raised $7 million and is polling in 3rd place behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Here are 8 things you should know about what he has already said – what his lies and distortions are … and what the truth really is:
- Pete Buttigieg viciously attacked Christians as hypocrites.
In a “Meet the Press” interview, Buttigieg criticized evangelicals who support President Trump by saying, “Here you have somebody who not only acts in a way that is not consistent with anything that I hear in Scripture or in church, where it’s about lifting up the least among us and taking care of strangers, which is another word for immigrants, and making sure that you’re focusing your efforts on the poor.”
“We see the diametric opposite of that in this presidency … Even on the version of Christianity that you hear on the religious right, which is about sexual ethics – I can’t believe that somebody who was writing hush money checks to adult film actresses is somebody they should be lifting up as the kind of person you want to be leading this nation.”
- He viciously attacked Vice President Mike Pence for his Christian faith.
At an LGBT fundraising event, Buttigieg attacked Vice President Mike Pence – an evangelical Christian – for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 while he was Governor of Indiana. The law protects the freedom of religious expression and conscience of businesses and employees.
Buttigieg believes Pence’s support of President Trump can only be explained in one of two ways: “Either he abandoned his religious principles in order to be part of this campaign and administration,” he said, “Or he has some very strange sense of destiny, that God somehow wants this in order to get somewhere better, which I think does very little credit to God…”
In a further frontal attack against the Vice President, Buttigieg proclaimed this about his same-sex marriage: “My marriage to Chasten has made me a better man – and yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God. And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand, that if you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir is with my creator.”
- Pete Buttigieg twists the truth about religious freedom … freedom of conscience … and the rights guaranteed in the First Amendment.
He said, “I hope that teachings about inclusion and love win out over what I personally consider to be a handful of scriptures that reflect the moral expectations of the era in which they were recorded…”
“Our right to practice our faith freely is respected up to the point where doing so involves harming others,” he continued, “One of the problems with RFRA [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] was it authorized harming others so long as you remembered to use your religion as an excuse.”
Of course, he doesn’t specify how he believes the Religious Freedom Restoration Act harms members of the LBGT community. Certainly he’s not talking about physical harm – which is the type of harm prohibited by scripture against those practicing an immoral lifestyle.
- Buttigieg preaches a lie about God, homosexuality and Scripture.
He twists truth and scripture to suit his own opinions – as do socialist and progressive Christians…
He criticizes Trump’s past. He decries his talk and tweets. But he ignores the clear teaching of scriptures he doesn’t like:
- Marriage is between a man and a woman (Matthew 19:3-8)
- Homosexual behavior – like other sexual sins – is a sin (Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
He believes in killing the unborn – even children born alive, if they were meant to be killed before birth.
He believes in denying freedom of conscience and freedom of religious expression to Christians who oppose celebrating sexual immorality of any type.
- Pete Buttigieg proclaims he is a Christian – and a better one than most.
During a recent Q&A at an event in Austin, Texas, Buttigieg said, “…I try to live a life that is consistent with Christian teachings. I know that it is my responsibility not to ever do anything that would in public life, not be equally beneficial or make as much sense to people of another faith or people of no faith. But in my life I believe in that Christian ethic, the idea that was drilled into me in Catholic school even though I’m no Catholic, I’m Episcopalian.”
At the same event he questioned whether Vice President Mike Pence truly believes in Scripture.
- Pete Buttigieg knows Scripture and theology.
He studied Catholic liberation theology doctrine in high school and college. Developed mainly by Latin American Roman Catholics, liberation theology emphasizes liberation from social, political and economic oppression as the essence of Christian salvation rather than worship of God, confession of sin, and trust in the redemptive death of Jesus Christ on the cross coupled with His bodily resurrection.
At Harvard, he wrote a thesis on the Puritans. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.
His father attended seminary in the 1960s, intending to become a Jesuit Priest … but instead became a secular intellectual.
His mother was “attached to the Episcopal faith,” but didn’t attend very many services.
At Harvard, Buttigieg was influenced by a prominent scholar who traced American exceptionalism to the Puritans of New England. “You can’t understand America without understanding the Puritans,” Buttigieg says. “In many ways, we’re still living out their legacy in ways that are good and bad.”
He says he looks for inspiration from people who have put their faith into action, such as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. “As we talk of the need for a religious left, we should remember that the black church has been [putting faith into action] for quite some time,” Buttigieg reminds.
When he speaks to a Christian audience, he selectively quotes Bible verses about caring for the poor and the sick.
- Buttigieg isn’t looking for tolerance of his homosexuality or homosexual marriage. He is looking for total acceptance.
He wants to use the power of government edict to force acceptance of his lifestyle – whether people like it or not.
If elected, he would be the first homosexual president … and his same-sex marriage partner would be the first same-sex spouse in the White House.
- Pete Buttigieg is trying to lead the Democrat Party to include Christians – and be the Party that’s anti-Christian, anti-family and anti-First Amendment rights.
“I think it’s unfortunate [the Democratic Party] has lost touch with a religious tradition that I think can help explain and relate our values,” Buttigieg says. “At least in my interpretation, it helps to root [in religion] a lot of what it is we do believe in when it comes to protecting the sick and the stranger and the poor, as well as skepticism of the wealthy and the powerful and the established.”
Watch this analysis of Pete Buttigieg’s far-left beliefs and policies by news commentator Laura Ingraham (about 7 ½ minutes).
Finally, let’s be clear about Evangelicals and support for Trump/Pence….
As I said in “Are Christians Hypocrites? 10 Surprising Realities About Christians and President Trump“, Evangelical support is based on policy.
It’s not based on his rhetoric. It’s not based on his past – or even present – sins. It’s not based on anything about Trump as a sinner – or on his relationship with Jesus.
It’s based on his policies that reflect Biblical truth and Christian non-negotiable values:
- He is the most pro-Israel president ever.
- He is revolutionizing the Judicial branch with strict constructionist judges … not judicial activists – including 2 new Supreme Court Justices … and over 100 lower court appellate judges.
- He is the most pro-life president ever.
- He has done more to protect religious liberty than any other president ever.
- He has done more to protect the persecuted church around the world than any other president ever.
In addition, he has restored our economy, increased employment – especially among minority groups – increased wages … and promoted entrepreneurship and innovation with massive deregulation and business tax cuts.
When he needs to be called out, we will call him out.
But when he enacts good policies, we rejoice and should say thanks without apology.
We choose policy over personality.
We choose key non-negotiable issues over articulate platitudes.
We choose action over empty promises.
This is not hypocrisy. This is respecting promises made, promises kept.
As president of an ad agency, I like taglines…
I suggest the following tagline for President Trump:
“He’s a doer, not a dreamer.”
What do you think? Email me at [email protected]
Also, don’t forget to vote in our presidential poll – and to encourage others to do the same. You can vote here.
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