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Pete Buttigieg Introduces Religion Into the 2020 Campaign

I was prepared to (mostly) ignore the homosexuality of Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D – South Bend, Indiana), another one of the multitude of Democratic presidential candidates seeking the 2020 nomination. USA Today wrote:

“That’s the thing that I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand,” Buttigieg said of the vice president, who has opposed same-sex marriage. “That if you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

It’s unusual for Democratic presidential candidates to talk about faith as often as Buttigieg does. It’s groundbreaking that he uses his marriage to another man to illustrate his personal relationship with God.

Buttigieg gets easy applause lines at Democratic-friendly audiences, as he did Sunday, for criticizing Pence when he talks about being gay. (His first mention of Pence on Sunday, when Buttigieg described coming out while Pence was serving as Indiana’s governor, generated boos and hisses.)

Buttigieg has also drawn headlines by questioning how President Donald Trump’s professed belief in God squares with his behavior – and by challenging the support Trump receives from many evangelical Christians.

“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 this nation,” he said on “Meet the Press” Sunday.

Jack Jacobson, an openly-gay member of the D.C. State Board of Education who attended the Victory Fund brunch, said Buttigieg’s openness about his faith is part of what makes him an authentic candidate.

His Wikipedia biography stated that Mr Buttigieg:

is a devout Anglican, and has stated how his faith has been a strong influence on him. Buttigieg was baptized a Roman Catholic and attended a Catholic high school, but his family did not go to church often when he was growing up. While at Oxford he began to attend Christ Church, and by the time he returned to South Bend he felt “more-or-less Anglican”. He has cited St. Augustine, James Martin, and Garry Wills as among his religious influences. A member of the Episcopalian church, Buttigieg is a congregant at the Cathedral of St. James in downtown South Bend.

His parents were both professors at the University of Notre Dame, a (supposedly) Catholic college, and they sent him to St Joseph High School, a Catholic college preparatory school, the 2018-2019 tuition for which is $7,849 for parishioners, and $9378 for non-parishioners. “His family did not go to church often when he was growing up”? The cynic in me thinks that means that they maintained a membership at some Catholic church just to qualify for the parishioner’s discount.

The Episcopal Church in the United States has been quite welcoming of homosexuality, so much so that they promoted Vicky Gene Robinson to become the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, an action which led many theologically conservative Episcopalians in the United States to abandoned the Episcopal Church and form the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), aligning it with bishops outside the Episcopal Church in the United States. I suppose that I can see where Mr Buttigieg would be attracted to the Episcopal Church.

But he cannot be ignorant of all of the passages in the Bible which condemn homosexual activity, and most American denominations have rejected the very politically correct move to accept open homosexuality. That the Vice President is a former Catholic who now attends an evangelical church is well known, and the Mayor picking a fight with the Vice President over religion seems silly.

I will admit to some amusement at the fact that Mr Buttigieg’s ‘husband,’ Chasten Buttigieg, gave some guidance on the pronunciation of the candidate’s name: “boot-edge-edge,” “buddha-judge,” “boot-a-judge” and “boo-tuh-judge.” A homosexual male named “booty judge”?  It is to laugh.

Mr Buttigieg needs to separate himself from the rest of the Democratic field, with seventeen announced and eight more ‘thinking about it’ candidates so far, and it looks as though he’s planning on doing so as the homosexual candidate. Homosexuals might not be that big a demographic¹ on which to build a candidacy, but considering the huge number of candidates, he really needs only a little bit to separate himself from the other ‘minor’ candidates.

Well, if he’s going to campaign as the homosexual² candidate, then we certainly have every right to note his sexual orientation in discussing him.

But, of course, there’s more: if Mr Buttigieg is going to introduce religion into the campaign, by criticizing evangelical support for Messrs Trump and Pence, then he has also introduced religious criticism of his position concerning Christianity and homosexuality.  He might come to regret that.

So, what do we have? We have a Democratic candidate campaigning on being homosexual, and introducing religion into the campaign. How long ago was it that we were told that it was nobody else’s business what other people do in their bedrooms? Not that long ago, but it seems that nowadays that is something that homosexuals believe they should shout from the rooftop. It seems to me that any expectation of privacy on that matter was ended by Mr Buttigieg himself.

And we have a Democratic candidate criticizing the religious faith of other people, calling them hypocrites. OK, fair enough! It also means that we can criticize Mr Buttigieg’s odd interpretation of Christianity and what the Bible allows. Let’s have at it!
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¹ – The Williams institute claimed that 3.8% of people identify as “LGBTQ”, while the Centers for Disease Control conducted the National Health Institute Survey in 2013, and found that only 1.6% of the population are homosexual, with another 0.7% bisexual, and another 1.1% either stating that they were ‘something else’ or declining to respond.
² – It may have been noticed by now that I have not used the euphemism “gay” to refer to homosexuals or homosexuality. Gay is defined as happily excited, merry, keenly alive and exuberant, or having or inducing high spirits. I do not believe that such accurately describes homosexuals or homosexuality, and will not use it that way, though I do not change direct quotes from others.
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