Presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has found himself in hot water with pro-life supporters after suggesting that life begins at a baby’s first breath.
“Right now, [conservatives] hold everybody in line with this one piece of doctrine about abortion, which is obviously a tough issue for a lot of people to think through morally,” said Buttigieg, a professing Christian, in an interview on the “Breakfast Club” radio show. “Then again, there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath. … That is something we can interpret different.
“But I think no matter [how] you think about the kind of cosmic question of how life begins,” he added, “most Americans can get on board with the idea of [abortion]. I might draw the line here, you might draw the line there, but the most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision.”
It didn’t take long for pro-life Christians to rebut Buttigieg’s skewed interpretation of Scripture.
“Mayor Pete Buttigieg has been speaking openly about his support for abortion, which he says is a woman’s right to choose,” posted Franklin Graham on Facebook. “… No one has the right to choose murder. … God defines right and wrong, not us. As Christians, we are to live by the standards He gives us in His Word. ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me’ (Isaiah 45:5).”
Even Buttigieg’s brother-in-law Rhyan Glezman refuted the mayor’s claims, telling the Washington Examiner, “I feel a sense of responsibility and stewardship of my faith to stand up and say something, to say, ‘No, that’s not true.’”
“If we’re going to say we’re for all people and we love all people, but we don’t value human life in the womb, that’s being a hypocrite,” said Glezman, an evangelical pastor in Michigan. “This isn’t a little issue, especially when we’re talking about life. This is not just a political conversation. We’re talking about human life.”
Glezman believes that his brother-in-law has been “weaponizing” the Christian faith to promote a liberal agenda while also trying to appeal to the evangelical community.
Appearing on Fox News Channel, Glezman urged Buttigieg to repent for spurring false, unbiblical teaching and encouraged Buttigieg to “reconsider and actually open his Bible … then turn to Psalm 139.”