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December 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Democratic presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg, an outspoken homosexual who calls himself “married” to a man, has found himself under fire from the left for his past volunteer work for the “anti-gay” Salvation Army.

On December 3, the LGBT website Out reported that on multiple occasions in previous years, Buttigieg volunteered his time as a bell-ringer for the religious denomination, known for its ubiquitous charity operations — which Out’s Rose Dommu wrote “would be super nice of Buttigieg if the Salvation Army didn’t have a well-documented history of discriminating against LGBTQ+ people in need.” Instead, he “should have supported an organization that was created to cater to the needs of queer people.”

Despite the Salvation Army’s compromises with the Left (including its moderate stance on abortion and recently insisting it has “evolved” on finding “ways to help LGBTQ+ individuals feel safe and cared for”), the charitable arm of the organization has been a target of left-wing scorn for holding to a biblical understanding of sexuality and opposing same-sex “marriage.”

Condemnation of Buttigieg’s association with the Salvation Army quickly spread across social media, with Alliance for Justice spokesman Zack Ford joining in:

Buttigieg’s campaign has so far declined to respond to the criticism, NBC News reports.

The scandal is ironic for Buttigieg. While the mayor has not been as strident as other Democrats on the formerly conservative food chain Chick-fil-A, he has joined left-wing fervor against Christian conservatives in most other respects, from advocating federal laws that force private entities to embrace same-sex unions and trarnsgenderism to claiming that religious liberty protections on LGBT issues are “abusive toward the idea of faith.”

Buttigieg currently ranks fourth in RealClearPolitics’s polling average of the Democrat primary, with 11.4% of the vote.

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