Buttigieg ruffled some feathers when he said at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual brunch back in April that his marriage to his husband “has moved me closer to God.”
“That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand: That if you have a problem with who I am, your quarrel is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator,” he later said during his speech.
Pence previously spoke out in response to the Democratic candidate’s shots that were “critical of my Christian faith,” at the time, saying Buttigieg “knows better.” The vice president reiterated his point, noting he doesn’t “believe in discrimination,” even with his opposing views of same-sex marriage.
During Monday night’s Fox News interview, Pence tripled down on South Bend, Ind., Mayor Buttigieg’s remark, while discussing the freedom of religion.
While Pence wished Buttigieg well, he said, “What was troubling to me was his assertion and others’ assertion that was critical of people of our religious beliefs, broadly.”
“And, I remember a reference to the ‘Mike Pences of the world,’ and I think every American cherishes the right of each of us to live out our faith and live out our beliefs,” he continued. “It was disappointing to hear that.”
The vice president also noted that the Constitution enshrines religious liberty and the Trump administration is taking a “strong stance” on it.
“The American people cherish our freedom of religion,” Pence said. “[…] And yet, we consistently have seen an erosion of respect for religious belief in the public square, and that’s one of the reasons why President Trump and our administration [have] taken up such [a] strong stance to defend religious liberty.”
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Additionally, Pence spoke out about the “little tolerance” towards Christianity during Saturday’s commencement speech at Liberty University, as IJR Red reported.
“Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs,” he told the graduates. “So as you go about your daily life, just be ready.”