A According to Pete Buttigieg, the Republican Party has no right to use religious language.
During Thursday's second Democratic primary debate, South Bend presidential candidate and mayor said Republican rhetoric on immigration cost them the right to invoke God.
"The Republican Party likes to disguise itself in the language of religion. Now our party does not talk so much about it, mainly for a very good reason. We stand for the separation of church and state and stand for people of all religions and for people without religion, "said Buttigieg.
Regardless of the "separation of church and state," politicians have always relied on religion. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who was on stage with him, recently said Christians should support the "free will" of a woman who chooses abortion ̵
Buttigieg himself has used the faith as a "stick" against the other side, although he ignores his tactics. God has no political party, he said last month, but if the Lord did, "I can not imagine it's the one who sent the current president to the White House." On Thursday night, Buttigieg continued, "But we should call hypocrisy when we see it. And in order for a party that joins Christianity to say that it is okay to suggest that God would smile about the division of families by federal agents that God would tolerate cradling children, they have every claim lost, ever to be religious again language.
It is not clear which Republicans support this strawman. Both parties should rethink how they use (or misuse) religion for their rhetoric, and the problem is certainly not one-sided.