Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Liberal Religious Bigotry

Last week, in an interview with USA Today, Buttigieg called Trump’s Christian faith into question: “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,” he said. “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,” he added. Buttigieg later defended his remarks on ABC, saying he was attacking Trump’s “hypocrisy.”

It is odd that someone whose own faith would have been called into question until quite recently for a lifestyle that directly contradicts traditional Christian principles would dare to question anyone else’s commitment, doing unto others precisely what he would nothave done unto him.

But in point of fact, Trump has openly — and humbly — acknowledged his personal religious failings, telling the Republican National Convention in accepting his party’s nomination in 2016 that “I’m not sure I totally deserve” the support he had received from the evangelical community.

Buttigieg wasn’t finished. In a speech to the LGBT Victory Fund’s annual brunch Sunday, he attacked Vice President Mike Pence, suggesting that Pence was an anti-gay bigot. “My marriage to Chasten has made me a better man. And yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God,” he said, as quoted by The Hill. He added that he wished “the Mike Pences of the world would understand” that being gay was not a choice: “Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”