Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has been criticized for making Mike Pence a & # 39; Pharisee & # 39; is a term often used to describe Jewish people as hypocritical and greedy.
The mayor of Indiana released the biblical reference to hit the vice president because he used religious language to talk about Republican values.
Buttigieg, who is the first openly gay presidential candidate, seized the & # 39; cultural conservatism & # 39; from Pence and said that his attitude to LGBTQ issues was hypocritical.
The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, described Pence and others in the Republican party who used their faith to call voters as & # 39; Pharisees & # 39; – an old Jewish cult that has become a metaphor for hypocrisy.
Democrat Buttigieg also criticized Trump for preaching about his Christian values while paying porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their alleged affair.
He told The Washington Post during the discussion of the New Testament and the Pence: & There is a great deal about Pharisees inside.
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg spoke at a town hall meeting in Fort Dodge, Iowa last night. He has the term & # 39; Pharisee & # 39; used to describe Mike Pence
Vice President Mike Pence has often linked his Christian values to his conservative politics
Buttigieg also criticized Pence for joining the Trump government as a Christian, and added: & And when you see someone, especially someone who's such a dogmatic conviction, she sees it in public life To be willing to attach themselves to this government for the sake of gaining power, it is disturbingly resonant with some New Testament themes, and not in a good way. & # 39;
While being interviewed by ABC's The View, Buttigieg again linked Republicans to Pharisees and said his Christian belief was more in line with liberal values.
He said: & # 39; It [the Bible] talk about hypocrites. It talks about Pharisees. I think that at the moment there is the excitement in our count of a religious left who understands that the life of your faith may also have to do with paying more attention to the most needy and not celebrating those who already have the most wealth and de most power. & # 39;
But scholars have criticized the use of the term Pharisee as a stereotype that is often used to portray Jewish people as hungry and money-driven.
Then – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (right) talks to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (left) during a visit in 2015. The pair has a & # 39; complicated & # 39; relationship in Indian politics
Sara Ronis, an assistant professor of theology at St. Mary & # 39; s University in San Antonio, said the term & # 39; Pharisee & # 39; has become antisemitic and is being used to expose Jews in a negative light.
She told me Jerusalem Post: & # 39; Using that language as a negative point today, when I think so many people have this stereotype.
Buttigieg suffers anti-gay tellers during rally & # 39; s
During a city council meeting in Fort Dodge, Iowa, last night after Pete Buttigieg spoke about the need for marital equality, a Protestant stood up and shouted: & you betray your baptism & # 39 ;.
The heckler was escorted out of the building while other members of the audience shouted him back.
Buttigieg joked the crowd, & # 39; coffee after church sometimes gets a little violent & # 39 ;.
In Des Moines, another demonstrator called & # 39; Sodom and Gomorrah & # 39; before the crowd drowned him with songs from & # 39; Pete! Pete! Pete! & # 39 ;.
Buttigieg was in Iowa for the first time since he announced his candidacy for the Democrats in 2020.
& # 39; The associations that people have unconsciously between that and Jews certainly do not help with modern stereotypes around Jews and money and control and secret power. & # 39;
Buttigieg has previously discussed the importance of his marriage to his husband, Chasten Glazmen, and chose his sexuality in religious terms.
He said: & # 39; If I was homosexual, it was a choice that was far beyond my salary.
& # 39; And that's what I wanted the Mike Pences of the world to understand: if you have a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your fight, sir, is with my creator.
& # 39; And yes, Mr. Vice President, & # 39; the [being married to a man] brought me closer to God. & # 39;
Pence referred back to this criticism of his conservative values on sexuality and called for respect and freedom for religion.
He told CNN: & I hope Pete will offer more to the American people than attacks on my Christian faith or attacks on the president if he is looking for the highest office in the country.
& # 39; He would do well to think about the importance of respecting every American's freedom of religion. & # 39;
In 2013, Buttigieg Pence presented a promotional T-shirt with the text & # 39; [heart] SB & # 39; during a fitness walk in South Bend
When asked if he believes homosexuality is a sin, Pence replied: & # 39; I draw my truth from God's word & # 39 ;.
During the four years that Buttigieg overlapped with Pence in Indiana politics, the two had a cordial relationship that the Democrat 2020 presidential hopefully described as & # 39; complicated & # 39 ;.
Buttigieg presented Pence with a promotional T-shirt in South Bend with the text & # 39; [heart] SB & # 39; at a fitness event in 2013, and at ceremonial events, Pence Buttigieg would exuberantly praise.
The two politicians also worked together on economic development issues in the state.