If you have ever bothered to listen to mediocre rap artist Macklemore, you probably remember his obsession with dumping on Christianity.
Macklemore establishes his lyrical “credibility” by claiming he once went to church and then thought better of the whole thing — in other words, he’s just like every fedora-tipping atheist bro you have ever met. Now, as a self-established expert, he can speak authoritatively about why Christianity is wrong about everything.
Unlike Vice President Pence, who wears his faith on his sleeve, Buttigieg wears his faith on his knuckles.
This is obviously obnoxious — the theology in these tracks is really, really bad, and he fails to knock down even the most ridiculous “Christian” straw men he sets up. But there is seemingly a market for this among young, pseudo-intellectual leftists, and so he is successful.
Enter Pete Buttigieg: the Macklemore of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
Mayor Pete is a gay Christian, and he’ll tell you that every chance he gets. But unlike someone like Vice President Mike Pence, who wears his faith on his sleeve, Buttigieg wears his faith on his knuckles — and uses it almost exclusively as a way to attack his political opponents.
Does Mayor Pete’s faith inform his policy positions? That’s not exactly clear. But he’s here to tell you that your faith can’t possibly inform yours.
“The Republican party likes to cloak itself in the language of religion… But we should call out hypocrisy when we see it. And for a party that associates itself with Christianity, to say… that God would condone putting children in cages, has lost all claim to ever use religious language again.”
Let’s ignore that absurd ad hominem attack on a non-existent argument that would make even Macklemore blush.
Let’s also ignore that Mayor Pete supports letting doctors kill babies even after they are born; or that Mayor Pete supports letting Planned Parenthood get away with selling the body parts of aborted babies for profit; or that if elected President Mayor Pete would force Christian schools across the nation to hire and retain transgender kindergarten teachers through passage of the so-called Equality Act.
“For a party that associates itself with Christianity, to say… that God would condone putting children in cages, has lost all claim to ever use religious language again.” – Pete Buttigieg
Instead, let’s focus on his own blatant hypocrisy. In an interview for CNN Buttigieg was asked about how he could support late-term abortions as a Christian:
“Ironically, an issue like this is mostly for me about freedom from government. It is being aware that there are these incredibly painful, morally complex… situations.”
Obviously, the border crisis is extremely morally complicated. Immigrant children are being trafficked by coyotes — many are molested and sold into human trafficking, which is why the Obama administration also separated children from people claiming to be their parents at the border.
Our government wanted to at least do minimal due diligence to make sure these kids were actually with their parents and not a sex trafficker who had intimidated them into saying that they were their parents. Would Mayor Pete really prefer to release kids into the custody of their potential traffickers?
So Mayor Pete has no moral difficulty with the mental gymnastics it takes to justify killing a 7-pound baby moments before she/he is born, but cannot understand the moral importance of protecting kids from sex traffickers and drug cartels?
Maybe he is actually being consistent. Maybe Mayor Pete just opposes using the government to protect children at all.
Regardless, arguing that Christians cannot speak out against certain evils because they don’t speak out against other evils is rich coming from a politician who can’t even stomach moral opposition to late-term abortion or even infanticide.
Since America’s founding, Christians have been the major force behind addressing America’s most egregious moral failings. From slavery to civil rights — it has been Christians who have sought to repair human rights in America.
This isn’t even up for debate.
Secular Humanism was barely a thing in 1776, let alone in 1860 when Abraham Lincoln won the presidency on an anti-slavery platform. Abolitionists like Frederick Douglass and civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr. were motivated by their Christian faith.
That’s not to say that all Christians were saints — we all know slavery wouldn’t have ever existed in America if all Christians opposed slavery.
Christianity is falsely used by progressive self-identified Christians like Mayor Pete to advance America’s most egregious institutions.
Just as Christian theology was falsely used by some in the 18th and 19th centuries to support the depraved institution of slavery, so it is falsely being used today by progressive self-identified Christians like Mayor Pete to advance America’s most egregious and indefensible institutions like abortion, Drag Queen Story Hour, sex change “treatments” and surgeries on children, and our illegal immigration crisis that fundamentally destroys the dignity of immigrants.
Along with this, Buttigieg wants to use Christian theology to destroy religious freedom and the ability of practicing Christians to speak out and oppose anti-Christian behavior.
Don’t be fooled by the Mayor from South Bend. We’ve seen this type of argumentation before. He’s the freshman atheist bro who waxes poetic about Nietzsche in Philosophy class. He’s the millionaire anti-Christian rapper who went to church a few times in grade school.
Despite the self-image he’s cultivated as a savvy political leader, Buttigieg isn’t really presenting any kind of new or serious theological argument — so we shouldn’t give him a whole lot of credit for making one.
Terry Schilling (@Schilling1776) is the executive director of American Principles Project, a conservative advocacy group in Washington, DC dedicated to advancing human dignity through public policy.