Democrat Pete Buttigieg Would Force All Religious Groups to Violate Religious Consciences as President?

Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg would end religious freedom and would force all religious groups to violate their religious consciences and obey his demands if he becomes president.

The South Bend Mayor has paraded himself as a “tolerant” and religious Episcopalian but has now proved the opposite of that by proclaiming that all religious groups would be forced to serve gays as he demands, not as their religious constrictions would demand.

“Buttigieg is an outspoken advocate of the Equality Act — critically important, bipartisan legislation that would finally provide clear protections against discrimination for LGBTQ people across the country,” Human Rights Campaign said in a Tuesday release, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

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House Democrats introduced the Equality Act in March. It would strike down religious freedom protections for private citizens if they exercised their consciences in running their own businesses. It is designed to trump Religious Freedom Restoration Acts at the state and federal level, according to critics. Greg Baylor, director of the Center for Religious Schools at the non-profit Alliance Defending Freedom, said he agrees that “our laws should respect the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of every citizen,” but said the legislation “fails to meet this basic standard.”

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“This federal law would force Americans to participate in events and speak messages that violate their core beliefs,” he said. “We should reject laws that single out and punish citizens on the basis of their peacefully expressed beliefs.”

Buttigieg has also previously opposed religious freedom laws across the nation.

Buttigieg has criticized RFRA laws in the past. He announced that he was gay in a 2015 op-ed in the South Bend Tribune by highlighting his opposition to the “disastrous” law, which was signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence. He has at the same time emphasized the need for religious tolerance, telling the Intercept that “cynical politicians have stoked” intolerance of Muslim believers “which only plays into the logic of terrorism that is designed to distance us from our own values and undermine pluralism in our country.”

In other words, Buttigieg would force religious bakers to bake a cake for a gay wedding.

He would also force religious groups and institutions to sanction abortion, gay marriage, and other wide go against their religious ideals.

“Pete Buttigieg is entitled to his beliefs on sexual ethics. What Americans have a problem with is when those beliefs are used as an excuse to harm other people,” said Terry Schilling, executive director of the American Principles Project.

Radical gays like Buttigieg want an end to religious freedom.The First Amendment would be over as far as he is concerned.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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