Mike Pence has said he is “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.” As governor, he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill that could be used by individuals and businesses to discriminate – particularly against the LGBT community – on the basis of religion.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has recently confronted Pence – a man he used to work directly with during Pence’s time as governor of Indiana -calling the vice president a “cheerleader for the porn star presidency” on CNN’s town hall.
Buttigieg went on to question Pence’s faith, asking rhetorically whether Pence stopped “believing in scripture when he started believing Donald Trump.”
“How would he allow himself to become the cheerleader for the porn star presidency? Is it that he stopped believing in scripture when he started believing Donald Trump?” Buttigieg said. “I don’t know. I don’t know.”
Buttigieg is a devout Christian, and has said his faith has been a strong influence on him. A member of the Episcopal Church, Buttigieg is a congregant at the Cathedral of St. James in downtown South Bend.
Mayor Pete says of Pence, “His interpretation of scripture is pretty different than mine to begin with,” he said. “My understanding of scripture is that it’s about protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person and that idea. That’s what I get in the gospel when I’m at church and his has a lot more to do with sexuality … and a certain view of rectitude.”