Pete Buttigieg talked about his Episcopal faith on the Stephen Colbert show tonight. Although he isn't my first favorite Democratic candidate, I've been pretty impressed with the quiet rationality he has displayed thus far, and I wasn't offended or threatened by what he said tonight. I do think it is sad that just about every candidate for political office has to profess religious beliefs though. What do you think?
I agree with your thinking.
I find Mayor Pete honest. Willing to take ownership of failure. Has logical plans to address some of our major issues. Logical.
I further like his position on “religious freedom”. I think that’s Very important (as a number of congresspeople are abusing that “freedom” to exhibit bias against members of the LGBTQ community. Both Indiana Senators have sided with tRump on the issue of “equality”, essentially denying these people theater rights.)
I like him, and having a religious belief doesn’t make him a fool or a bigot, There a couple I’d be happy to vote for. Also, Some Episcopalians profess their goals are to be logical and accepting of Science. As long as there is no mob mentality, I am ok with him.
I think many successful politicians profess religious beliefs simply to avoid being called atheists and to appeal to a larger audience. Many more may truly have strongly held religious beliefs, because that's the norm in their part of the country and how they were brought up.
In Pete's case, every time he mentions his faith, he does so while also reaching out to other faiths and non-believers, so I appreciate his inclusiveness, and he also mentions his faith to point out his beliefs versus the hypocrisy of those who use faith to justify hatred and mistreatment.
I normally dislike any candidate touting their faith, but with Pete, I feel he is just sharing who he is, to reach others similarly inclined, while at the same time reaching out to a broader audience. He seems very thoughtful and fair minded, and while he might not make it all the way at this time, he is adding to the conversation and raising awareness, making good points which elevate the conversation all around.
Candidates that claim faith but do not extend respect for non-believers are dangerous. While I usually prefer a candidate who doesn't mention faith at all, in Pete's case, he does it in a way that is palatable.
I like him. He seems well spoken, logical, caring, empathetic but, I just don't think now is the time for him. He could use more experience for sure. Try governor, senate, or something first. His religion is of absolutely no concern to me and I don't see him pushing it on others. If he did well, it would be a deal breaker for me but until then I wish him much luck in politics. *oh, and I think they all need to pander to the religious on at least a small scale since most just aren't accepting to the anti religious/atheist. Then they would be ridiculed and marked as Satanists for sure! Lmao
We live in a world with many people of different views. We must learn to be friends and allies to people who, while they may not think exactly as we do, have overall progressive open minds. Some segments of the Christian faith and other faiths do fall in to this category. We need to learn to recognize them as friends and allies.Not all people who think differently then us are "bad people" . We want the freedom to think as we choose. We can not deny it to others. We have to stand up when the extremists want us to follow their values. To do this we need those open mined people to be our allies.
Unfortunately this country has a large group of people that will crucify and demonize anyone who doesn't believe in their God. An atheist candidate would not fair well with the majority of the voters. I believe that Bernie Sanders is an atheist, but he will never say it.