“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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Biden Blasts Trump: My War Hero Son ‘Wasn’t a Sucker’
Two-term vice president and current Democratic nominee Joe Biden issued an emotionally charged response to sitting President of the United States Donald J. Trump after hate-filled words were spewed by the latter regarding fallen and injured military personnel.
“This may be as close as I come [to losing my temper] this campaign,” Biden said at the start of the presser in Delaware where his son Beau once served as attorney general. Beau was only 46 years old when he died from brain cancer in 2015.
“When my son volunteered and joined the United States military as the attorney general and went to Iraq for a year, won the Bronze Star and other commendations, he wasn’t a ‘sucker,'” the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee said Friday. “The servicemen and women he served with, particularly those who did not come home, were not losers.”
Biden’s reference described the Atlantic’s report that Trump called fallen heroes “losers” and dead marines “suckers” back in 2018.
“If these statements are true, the president should humbly apologize to every gold star mother and father and every blue star family he’s denigrated and insulted,” Biden said. “Who the heck does he think he is?”
Trump has repeatedly denied the article despite the journalist’s account of what he says actually happened. Read Jeffrey Goldberg’s full story here.
“It is not fake. It is real,” Goldberg told MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell. “This story is extensively sourced and entirely accurate. That’s all I can say. This is not the first time, of course — certainly not the first time today that the president has cast aspersions on journalism that doesn’t reflect well on him. His reaction is completely predictable.”
Mr. President, if you don’t respect our troops, you can’t lead them. pic.twitter.com/hcX9hGgdm5
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 4, 2020
Biden Picks Up More Republican Backers As Election Day Nears
A new group comprised of nearly 100 non-democrats was announced Thursday and it’s called Republicans and Independents For Biden. The sole objective of the newly-formed organization is “to defeat Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden the next President of the United States.”
Former Republican governor of New Jersey, Christine Todd Whitman, is at the forefront of the endeavor. Readers will remember Whitman from her scathing criticism of President Donald J. Trump during the Democratic National Convention. She also headed the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003.
“Trump is not the leader our nation needs, and it is time he got out of the way so true leaders can move our nation forward,” Whitman wrote. “A pandemic, economic collapse, racial unrest, and foreign dictators interfering in our elections have brought our country to the brink. 30 million unemployed, and worst of all, over 180,000 American lives tragically lost, due to this President’s gross incompetence and strategic choices in his response to COVID19.”
Whitman added, “Donald Trump’s daily assaults on our nation’s founding principles pose an existential threat to the future of the Republic.”
Joining Whitman in the humanitarian effort of America’s time is one-time 2020 Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld, former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. Snyder wrote an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press Thursday that said he was still a Republican, but would nevertheless be endorsing Biden’s Democratic presidential candidacy.
“Donald Trump is a bully who lacks a moral compass. Joe Biden would bring back civility,” Snyder wrote.
With 61 days to the election, Republicans and Independents For Biden will target persuadable Republican and right-leaning Independent voters in “key battleground states who may have given Trump a chance in 2016, but now know that he can not lead our country to the greatness we seek,” according to the group’s website.
“Americans were promised more good-paying jobs and the opportunity for their families to live the American dream if they worked hard and played by the rules,” said Rosario Marin, the 41st Treasurer of the United States under President George W. Bush. “Instead, Donald Trump’s willful ignorance and abdication of leadership in the face of a pandemic has led to more job losses than at any point since the Great Depression. Tens of millions of Americans remain out of work and dependent on government assistance to feed, clothe and shelter their families. In short, there is no credible argument for the president to make that American families are better off than they were four years ago.”
Additional participants in this effort are listed here.
Colin Powell: ‘I Support Joe Biden for the Presidency of the United States’
Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell is expected to endorse Democratic 2020 candidate Joe Biden at Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention. Democratic convention organizers released an excerpt of Powell’s remarks ahead of schedule.
“I support Joe Biden for the presidency of the United States,” Powell will say.
Powell stated his support of the presumptive Democratic nominee in June 2020.
“I certainly cannot in any way support President Trump this year,” Powell told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
He added at the time, “I think what we’re seeing now, this massive protest movement I have ever seen in my life, I think it suggests the country is getting wise to this and we’re not going to put up with it anymore.”
Watch below for an excerpt of the speech Powell will give Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention.
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