Despite dismissive mockery from the media, there is definitely a war on people of faith, and the most popular weapon wielded against Christians by the left is the bogus claim that if your faith forbids you to embrace their agenda, whether it be abortion, unisex bathrooms or same-sex marriage, it means you “hate” those who do. This is a perversion of the most basic precepts of Christianity, which calls for believers to reject the sin but love the sinner. It’s also yet another example of how the left can’t win an argument using facts, so they have to redefine the terms to tar the other side as “haters” (supporting border security means you “hate immigrants;” not wanting to pay for abortion drugs means you “hate women,” declining to participate in same-sex weddings that violate your religious beliefs means you “hate gays,” etc.)
This is scurrilous and phony, but sadly, it’s been effective enough that one of the Democratic Presidential candidates is trying it to separate himself from the pack. Pete Buttigieg must have realized that being Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is not the kind of resume enhancer that screams, “I’m ready for the White House!” And while being openly gay sets him apart, it isn’t enough for today’s identity group/victim mentality Donkey Party.
So Buttigieg is trying to wrap himself in the mantle of victimhood by attacking Vice President Mike Pence, a devout Christian, for allegedly hating and oppressing him somehow. He pugnaciously declared, “If you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me – your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.” (by the way, lecturing Pence on theology is almost as presumptuous as thinking you deserve to be promoted from Mayor of South Bend to President of the United States.)
And what did Pence ever do to incur Buttigieg’s wrath or imply he has a “problem” with him? You might assume that like 99.999999% of Americans, he never heard the name “Buttigieg” and probably doesn’t even know how to pronounce it. But you’d be wrong. As the linked article reports, when he was Governor of Indiana, Pence was asked to react to Buttigieg coming out as gay. Here is his “hateful” response:
“I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard. We have a great working relationship. I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot.”
Wow, that just seethes with hatred and intolerance, doesn’t it?
Buttigieg’s real beef with Pence is that he signed a state law protecting religious business owners from being forced by law into doing things that violate their faith, which was not endorsing “hate” but affirming the First Amendment ban on government prohibiting the free exercise of religious beliefs. It didn’t take away any rights from gays, it just protected the rights of people of faith.
If leftists really believed in a diverse, multi-cultural society as they claim, they would be willing to make accommodations for various beliefs to help us all get along, and not try to impose their values by force on 100% of the population. Unfortunately, their definition of “diversity” is only skin-color deep: diversity of thought has no place in their view of America. What they really want is a mono-culture, where everyone either thinks the way they do or is too afraid of government reprisals to admit they don’t. But that is not America.
It’s also – dare I say it? – remarkably intolerant. Some might even call it “hateful.”