Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, fended off an “attack” on her husband’s faith Tuesday from openly-gay Democrat presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg.
Speaking Tuesday on The Brian Kilmeade Show on Fox Radio to promote a book she wrote with her daughter, Pence expressed surprise that Buttigieg would target her husband, who is a former congressman and governor of Indiana when they “have always had a great relationship.”
“I think in our country we need to understand you shouldn’t be attacked for what your religious beliefs are and I think kids need to learn that from a young age that this is OK, what faith people have; we don’t attack them for their faith,” she said.
Buttigieg, 37, recently drew criticism from conservatives for declaring that his same-sex marriage has moved him “closer to God,” and telling Vice President Mike Pence and conservative Christians to “quarrel” with God if they have a problem with his homosexuality.
“My marriage to Chasten has made me a better man — and yes, Mr. Vice President, it has moved me closer to God,” Buttigieg declared during a speech at the LGBT Victory Fund’s annual brunch in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, according to USA Today. “And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pence’s of the world would understand, that if you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
Karen Pence insisted however that she doesn’t believe her husband has an issue with Buttigieg and suggested he may just be attacking the vice president for political gain.
“What’s kind of funny is I don’t think the vice president does have a problem with him but I think it’s helping Pete to get some notoriety by saying that about the vice president, but again it just goes back to this religious liberty,” she said. “People came to America for religious liberty and I think that’s something that we as Americans need to continue to teach our kids about and fight for.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair