Pete Buttigieg shows how to campaign on values in the age of Trump

April 4, 2019
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April 4, 2019 Editor

Pete Buttigieg shows how to campaign on values in the age of Trump

Opinion writer

April 4 at 10:15 AM

photo above: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) spoke about looking ahead to the future and “picking up the pieces of reckless policies that are being made right now.”

WN: It is profoundly distressing that White Evangelicals in America have drifted towards, indeed too often embraced, the Alt-Right. There is much on my website about this tragic phenomenon. A strategy of Canadian White Evangelicals is to distance themselves from their brothers and sisters to the south. I was raised White Evangelical in Canada. If such in Canada have successfully distanced themselves, why is it that most White Evangelical pastors’ studies are full of American White Evangelical authors’ books? I’d at least be curious that anyone “in the know” disputes this claim.

So I will continue to highlight articles that are to me especially insightful about the White Evangelical dominant travesty to the south. Below is one such in a hopeful foil to so much antichrist nausea coming from that corner…

The article has further links, that in turn have further links. I will highlight some of them now. “Happy” further reading:

Michael Gerson: Politics is religion, and the right is getting ready for the end times

Christine Emba: Evangelicals’ infallible new faith: The gospel of Trump

Michael Gerson: Evangelicals have hired their own Goliath

Elizabeth Bruenig: How Jerry Falwell Jr. found his MAGA religion

Michael Gerson: Christians are suffering from complete spiritual blindness

Michael Gerson: As Jesus said, nice guys finish last

Jennifer Rubin: How many norms can Trump and evangelical leaders break in one meeting?

Dana Milbank: This isn’t religion. It’s perversion.


One of the most horrifying spectacles of the Trump era is the moral and spiritual sell-out of evangelical Christians who have made a Faustian bargain with President Trump. They condone or ignore his alleged sexual predation, bigotry, cruelty, lies, abject materialism and egomania. For some judicial appointments, they not only tolerate a host of non-Christian qualities but deify him, becoming the most devoted foot soldiers in the Trump cult[1]. (These were the people who vilified President Bill Clinton for sexual immorality and decided that Jeb Bush wasn’t sufficiently supportive of the pro-life movement.)

Thanks to Trump, his evangelical excuse-mongers and his right-wing media chorus, the Republican Party has become a mostly male, white-grievance party, which is indifferent to real discrimination against women and minorities, to trauma inflicted on migrant children, to those who may lose health-care coverage — really to anyone who is not a devoted Trump fan. The question for the party is no longer whether something is conservative or even good for Americans (or true!), but whether a position helps Trump. It’s idolatry plain and simple.

Into this vacuum of values and faith steps savvy Democrats such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

During a remarkable interview with USA Today’s Kirsten Powers, Buttigieg explained, “The left is rightly committed to a separation of church and state . . . but we need to not be afraid to invoke arguments that are convincing on why Christian faith is going to point you in a progressive direction.” Not since the civil rights movement has the left truly embraced faith as a motivation and justification for policies toward the powerless. He continued:

When I think about where most of Scripture points me, it is toward defending the poor, and the immigrant, and the stranger, and the prisoner, and the outcast, and those who are left behind by the way society works. And what we have now is this exaltation of wealth and power, almost for its own sake, that in my reading of Scripture couldn’t be more contrary to the message of Christianity. So I think it’s really important to carry a message (to the public), knitting together a lot of groups that have already been on this path for some time, but giving them more visibility in the public sphere.

That’s an effective nonparochial statement that non-Christians and even nonbelievers can embrace.

Please click on: Pete Buttigieg

  1. [1]You may find this article, Escape From the Trump Cult, of interest.


Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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