In some remarkable comments to The Hill this week, 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, a strong supporter of “a woman’s right to choose,” said that he was adamantly opposed to the death penalty, even if the criminal in question was someone as heinous as 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
“There are people who deserve to die,” Buttigieg conceded. “I just don’t know anybody who deserves to kill them.”
The South Bend mayor went on to say that the “moral consequence of killing somebody who is defenseless for any reason goes against certainly what I’ve been taught about the way we’re supposed to treat human life.”
Very few Democrats wear their Christianity on their sleeve like Buttigieg, who has made “reclaiming” faith a major part of his campaign for president. He uses this faith as both a sword and a shield – justifying his positions with it in some cases and, in others, using it to bash Republicans who see things a bit differently. We’ve seen him do it on LGBT rights, where he has harshly criticized Vice President Mike Pence, and we’ve also seen him do it on the issue of abortion.
“Right now, they 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,” Buttigieg said of Republicans in a September interview. “Then again, there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath, and so even that is something that we can interpret differently.”
Indeed. And there are also parts of the Bible that say “Whoever sheds the blood of man through man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God He made man.”
Look, we find it a tad off-putting when people start picking and choosing Bible verses to fit their pre-determined political positions, so we’re not going to get into Buttigieg’s faith. We’ll presume that it comes from a genuine place. But if you’re going to make a statement as sweeping as “we shouldn’t be killing defenseless people” as a justification for your position on the death penalty, how can you NOT take that position on abortion?
Well, we suppose Pete says it himself: He doesn’t consider a human fetus to BE a person at all. And this is, of course, the imaginary loophole that all leftists use to absolve themselves of this atrocity they support. How you can look at the Boston Bomber and see a life worth preserving and look at a baby one day before birth and see nothing but organic tissue, we’ll never know. But we guess you do what you’ve got to do to preserve your sanity…if not necessarily your soul.