Moral Outrage: Buttigieg’s Complaints About Trump and Pence Just Don’t Hold Up

Written by Michael Cummings on April 11, 2019

The difference between inconsistency and hypocrisy:

“Son, you shouldn’t use swear words.”

“Why not, Dad? You do.”

Inconsistency:  “You’re right, I shouldn’t.”

Hypocrisy: “I’m allowed to, dammit. You aren’t.”

South Bend Mayor and current Democrat candidate for president, Pete Buttigieg, hit the news recently over what is an increasingly common mental illness and obsession over Mike Pence and Donald Trump.

It goes like this: Mike Pence is an Evangelical Christian who believes marriage should be between one man and one woman. And because he believes in upholding the sanctity of that union, one tenet he lives by is he will not be in a room alone with a woman he isn’t related to. What should be an innocuous (and woman honoring) rule has sent male and female Democrats into Handmaid’s Tale spasms. Even Colorado governor Jared Polis said his 2018 election victory was a “thumb in the eye of Mike Pence.”

Yes, Jared, Mike Pence was hoping you’d lose the governorship solely because you’re gay.

Back to Mayor Pete. Here’s Buttigieg to Meet The Press’ Chuck Todd regarding Mike Pence and Donald Trump:

“That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand: That if you have a problem with who I am, your quarrel is not with me,” Buttigieg said. “Your quarrel, sir, is with my Creator.”

Buttigieg wasn’t always so bold about his sexual identity. In fact, he described his struggle with same-sex attraction as “a kind of war,” especially in high school.

“If you could have offered me a pill that could make me straight, I would have swallowed it before you could give me a swig of water,” Buttigieg said at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual brunch.

Today, Buttigieg says “thank God” there was no pill.

Your quarrel? I mean this sincerely, Mr. Mayor: Conservatives have no quarrel with your sexuality. We don’t care. The level of sanctimony coming from Buttigieg and so many other Democrats borders on the absurd. I don’t know if these people honestly believe the “Mike Pences of the world” – by that, he means the vast majority of Americans who think marriage should be between one man and one woman – lie awake at night, thinking of ways to thwart the homosexual agenda. Or do they spout this nonsense because they think the media will lap it up?

Buttigieg then goes after Trump:

“It’s something that really frustrates me because the hypocrisy is unbelievable,” he said.

“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 effort on the poor,”

“I can’t believe that somebody who was caught 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,” Buttigieg said.

And let’s not forget Buttigieg’s convoluted entry into the subject of abortion:

But in my view, this is a question that is almost unknowable. This is a moral question that’s not going to be settled by science. And so the best way for it to be settled in practice is by the person who actually faces the choice. And when a woman is facing this decision in her life, I think in terms of somebody besides her who can most be useful in that, the answer to that would be a doctor. Not a male government official imposing his interpretation of his religion.

So… not killing an unborn baby is a mere “interpretation” of one’s religion.

Let’s dissect. As long as we’re getting all religious, recall Matthew 7:5:

…first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Pete Buttigieg is gay, and he’s Christian. Whatever your opinion on homosexuality, you cannot be a Christian and claim it’s not a sin. That doesn’t mean acting on your homosexuality is evil and anyone who lives that lifestyle is going to hell. Every evil is a sin but not every sin is evil. Pornography, adultery, cheating on your taxes, committing fraud to get your children into prestigious schools – these are all sinful but not evil acts.

In addition, Buttigieg supports abortion at any stage, using the long-debunked and stupid defense that a man should have no opinion on the subject because he doesn’t have a uterus. You cannot be a Christian and say that taking the life of an unborn baby is not a sin.

President Trump cheated on all three of his wives. He also doesn’t treat his political opponents well – e.g. John McCain, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, etc. These are not the decisions of a man I admire on a personal level but, again, these are not evil acts.

We have one, fallible man, one who is a Christian but misinterprets the Bible on two important subjects — homosexuality and abortion — to bash the other, fallible man.

Mr. Mayor, disagree with President Trump if you like, but don’t be hypocritical in using Christianity to do it.

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Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.