Buttigieg discusses faith, affirms ‘God does not have a political party’

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South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is opening up further about his Christian faith.

The topic has emerged in his criticism of his state’s former governor and current Vice President Mike Pence. As part of his 2020 presidential bid, the openly gay Democrat has called out Pence’s stance on LGBT issues.

In a town hall event in New Hampshire this week, he expanded on the topic while discussing his effort to uniting Americans.

Acknowledging that “different people see different things” in biblical passages, he said people of faith can agree on large concepts regardless of their partisan ideology.

“But, at the very least we should be able to establish that God does not have a political party,” he said.

Buttigieg used his own life experience to elaborate on his point.

“It can be challenging to be a person of faith who’s also part of the LGBTQ community and yet, to me, the core of faith is regard for one another,” he said. “And part of God’s love is experienced, according to my faith tradition, is in the way that we support one another and, in particular, support the least among us.”

He used the issue as a way to bring up some policy differences he has with the current administration.

“Frankly, it couldn’t be more radically different than what I see certainly in this White House, where there is a lot of chest-thumping and self-aggrandizing, not to mention abusive behavior, but also political agenda that seems to always be revolving around that idea that somehow it’s too easy for poor people in this country,” he said. “It’s just so different from what I get when I read Scripture.”

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