“Any freedom that we honor in this country has limits when it comes to harming other people.”
Pete Buttigieg has the definitive answer to those who think their religious liberty takes priority over equality for LGBTQ people in America.
Buttigieg, one of nine top Democratic presidential candidates to participate in Thursday evening’s HRC Equality Town Hall on CNN, was asked if he thinks people should be able to deny service to LGBTQ people based on so-called religious liberty.
Or, as business owner and audience member Andrew Beaudoin asked, “As a Christian, can you point to any teachings in faith which state things like, ‘Thou shalt not serve the gays meatloaf in diner?’”
The South Bend, Indiana mayor who is currently ranked in fourth place, offered this balanced response.
“Without telling others how to worship, the Christian tradition that I belong to instructs me to identify with the marginalized and to recognize that the greatest thing that any of us has to offer is love,” Buttigieg said. “Religious liberty is an important principle in this country, and we honor that. It’s also the case that any freedom that we honor in this country has limits when it comes to harming other people.”
“We say that the right to free speech does not include the right to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.”
“A famous justice once said, ‘My right to swing my fist ends where somebody else’s nose begins.’ And the right to religious freedom ends where religion is being used as an excuse to harm other people,” Buttigieg said strongly, to great applause.
“When religion is used in that way, to me, it makes God smaller,” the South Bend mayor added.
He went on to say that using religion to harm or discriminate against LGBTQ people is “an insult, not only to us as LGBTQ people, but I think it’s an insult to faith, to believe that it could be used to hurt people in that way.”
“The right to religious freedom ends where religion is being used as an excuse to harm other people.”
Presidential candidate @PeteButtigieg on religion, discrimination and equality. #EqualityTownHall https://t.co/FhDU1nMqaK pic.twitter.com/Mck0vBjhg0
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) October 11, 2019
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Michael Bloomberg Preparing Presidential Run – Could File This Week
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is preparing a presidential run as a Democrat. The self-made billionaire who has been a registered Democrat, a registered Republican, a registered Independent, and once again as of last year a registered Democrat will file papers in Alabama before that state’s deadline Friday.
“Should Mr. Bloomberg proceed with a campaign, it could represent a seismic disruption in the Democratic race,” The New York Times reports, adding that he could be “a grave and instantaneous threat to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.”
Howard Wolfson, a close advisor to the former mayor says: “We now need to finish the job and ensure that Trump is defeated — but Mike is increasingly concerned that the current field of candidates is not well positioned to do that.”
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Julián Castro Says His Campaign Is ‘In Dire Need’ of Funds – and He’s Out if He Can’t Raise $800k in Ten Days
Julián Castro says he will have to pull out of the Democratic presidential primary if he does not raise $800,000 in the next ten days. Castro, a former HUD Secretary, says he will be forced to stop campaigning if he does not reach his financial goals by the end of the month.
“The truth is, for our campaign, these debates have offered our only guaranteed opportunity to share my vision with the American people,” Castro said in an email to supporters, as Buzzfeed reports.
“If I can’t make the next debate stage, we cannot sustain a campaign that can make it to Iowa in February,” Castro continued. “My presidential campaign is in dire need of financial resources to keep going.”
U.S. Senator Cory Booker had made a similar announcement last month, telling supporters he would need to drop out if he did not raise $1.7 million by the end of September. He pulled in more than $2.1 million over that last nine days or so, leading to his strongest fundraising month of his campaign.
Castro is consistently polling around 1% and has never gotten above the 2% mark, according to RealClear Politics.
‘This Is a Real Warning’: Ex-Campaign Aide Bluntly States Clinton Didn’t Go Far Enough Criticizing Tulsi Gabbard
On MSNBC Saturday, former Clinton campaign official and director of SiriusXM progressive programming Zerlina Maxwell said that not only did Hillary Clinton do nothing wrong for criticizing Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), she should have if anything gone even harder.
“I think she didn’t go far enough, and we have to decide whether or not we’ll listen to Hillary Clinton, who lived through this in 2016, or whether or not we’re going to do what we did in 2016, is decide that what she’s saying is irrelevant because of how we feel personally about her, and I think that that would be a mistake,” said Maxwell.
“In 2016, anchors literally laughed at Hillary Clinton when she said it was Russia,” Maxwell continued. “Robby Mook went on television and said, ‘It was Russia that was hacking our emails and releasing them on Wikileaks.’ We were laughed at. I would like everyone to listen to us now because I, on the campaign, had that red banner over my email that said, ‘Government hackers are trying to infiltrate your account.’ So, this is a real warning. And I think that we would be smart to listen before it’s too late.”
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