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Pete Buttigieg: Lawmakers Must Treat Religious and Non-Religious People Equally

Sep 9, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Cory Booker, more than the other Democrats, have been talking about their personal faith ever since stepping onto the campaign trail. It’s been a refreshing change of pace for people who are only used to Republicans talking about Christianity and only as a weapon against various groups.

While it’s not personally appealing, it’s not as bad as it could be because they always make it clear that they support church/state separation and they have no desire to push their faith onto everyone else. In the process, if it helps some moderate voters realize Democrats aren’t anti-religion (as if that’s a bad thing), it’s good for all of us who support progressive policies.

It hasn’t always worked. I criticized Buttigieg in June when he suggested Democrats avoided God-talk. That’s not true at all — President Obama, for one, constantly brought up his faith while in office, and it didn’t shake the perception of Democrats avoiding religion. But on Thursday night, Buttigieg offered a slightly revised version of that response and I thought it sounded much better.

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