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Gay presidential candidate claims he’s a Christian but attacks Pence’s faith, support for Trump

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AUSTIN, Texas. March 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Peter Buttigieg, a homosexual Episcopalian, said he is “consistent with Christian teachings” but questioned Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith.

In a Q&A session at The South by Southwest Conference last weekend, asked why his recent book did not dwell on religion, Buttigieg answered, “First of all, I try to live a life that is consistent with Christian teachings. I know that it is my responsibility not to ever do anything that would in public life, not be equally beneficial or make as much sense to people of another faith or people of no faith.”

The 36-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a former naval officer said, “But in my life, I believe in that Christian ethic, the idea that was drilled into me in Catholic school even though I’m not Catholic, I’m Episcopalian.” Vice President Pence is a former governor of Indiana and a vocal Christian. Buttigieg is the author of “The Shortest Way Home.”

Buttigieg is joined to another man in a same-sex “marriage.”

Regarding the place of his ostensible Christian faith in his life, the Harvard graduate said, “That idea of the invitation of Christ, this sense that when God himself comes to earth, he is rejected in many ways largely because he tells the truth. He concerns himself with what’s going on with those who are marginalized. He understands his role on earth not to be glorified but to serve.”

Referring to the Gospel account of Jesus washing the feet of his apostles, Buttigieg said of the powerful witness, “Feet are gross and even more so then, right. Not what you would expect the divine to be doing when He comes down to earth. And then the Old Testament full of the complexity of trying to be in contact with the absolute. Wrestling with God, these images. And so I try to live a life that’s consistent with that.”

Buttigieg questioned how Pence can support the “porn star presidency” of Donald Trump. “I thought, well, at least he believes in our institutions, and he's not personally corrupt. But then, how could he get on board with this presidency? How could somebody who — you know, his interpretation of Scripture is pretty different from mine, to begin with.” He went on to say, "But even if you buy into that, how could he allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn star presidency?"

Buttigieg pondered, "Is it that he stopped believing in Scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump? I don't know, I don't know."

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