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Mayor Pete: Christian Colleges That Refuse to Hire LGBT Workers Should Lose Funding

Todd Starnes · Feb. 28, 2020

If Mayor Pete Buttigieg had his way, your local Christian school would be forced to make a choice: hire transgender teachers, gender-fluid principals, and pansexual coaches, or lose federal funding.

During a CNN town-hall meeting, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, stated emphatically that any religious institution or charity that refuses to hire or serve LGBTQ individuals should be stripped of federal tax dollars.

“Mayor, just to be clear, do you believe that other religious and non-profit institutions, like colleges and homeless charities, should lose their federal funding if they refuse to hire or serve LGBTQ people?” CNN host Don Lemon asked.

“Yes. If they are discriminating, then they should not be doing it with federal dollars,” the openly gay presidential candidate replied.

Lemon should have asked a series of very important follow-up questions:

Does that mean that women’s shelters run by Christian charities would be forced to admit men who identify as women? Does that mean the Catholic Church would be required to serve the LGBTQ community by performing same-sex weddings? Does that mean Baptist schools would be under a government mandate to hire staff with beliefs contrary to their doctrine? Would Christian daycare centers be forced to open their doors to Drag Queen Story Time?

To what extent would a Buttigieg presidency demand that religious institutions turn their back on the Almighty in exchange for the almighty dollar? As shocking as the Gospel of Mayor Pete may be, it’s not the first time a Democrat running for the White House has suggested that churches should be punished for following the teachings of the Holy Bible.

In 2019, Lemon asked a similar question to then-candidate Robert Francis (Beto) O'Rourke.

“Do you think religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities — should they lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?” he asked.

“Yes,” Beto replied. “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us.”

Among the Christian institutions that would be at risk during a Buttigieg presidency would be Truett-McConnell University, a Christian school in Georgia (and a sponsor of my radio show).

“The attack on Christians and Christian principles, in particular on those who believe Scripture is inerrant, comes from the very candidate who claims he follows Jesus, but denies the words of Jesus in Matthew 19 in which our Lord affirms marriage as being a union between a man and woman,” Truett President Emir Caner told the “Todd Starnes Show.” “And while Mayor Pete desires to penalize — discriminate — against Christian colleges by removal of federal funding, he then advocates that federal funding must be restored for the purpose of snuffing out the life of the least of these, the unborn who cannot fend for themselves. Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing.”

This is not the first time that politicians have tried to crack down on the Church, and it won’t be the last.

But let not your heart be troubled, America. If the gates of Hell will not prevail against it, I sincerely doubt the Democrat Party will either.

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