Evangelical pastor Rhyan Glezman ripped into brother-in-law presidential contender Pete Buttigieg over his viral commentary regarding abortion. Last week, the young Democratic mayor invoked biblical scripture to seemingly excuse support for murdering an unborn child before that born child's first breath.
During an interview with The Washington Examiner on Friday, Glezman called on Buttigieg, whom he blasted as a "hypocrite" and a "modern day pharisee," to repent.
"If we're going to say we're for all people and we love all people, but we don't value human life in the womb, that's being a hypocrite. You're hypocritical if you don't stand up for all life. So that's why I'm speaking out," said Glezman, who is the older brother of Buttigieg's husband, Chasten Buttigieg.
"This isn't a little issue, especially when we're talking about life," the pastor continued. "This is not just a political conversation. We're talking about human life. These are human beings."
"Glezman maintains that his brother-in-law has 'manipulated' and 'weaponized' the Bible to appeal to a wider demographic of liberal Democrats, which makes him 'a false teacher,' as far [Glezman is] concerned," the Examiner reported.
"What we see is a modern-day Pharisee," Glezman blasted. "Buttigieg is a person who's making up their own rules and regulations and, basically, if we don't celebrate and endorse their interpretation of Scripture, our religion is fallible. And that's just not true."
During a recent interview with the radio program "The Breakfast Club," Buttigieg turned heads when he seemed to excuse or justify abortion up until a baby's first breath — while quoting the Bible as alleged support.
"Right now, [conservatives] hold everybody in line with this one, kind of, piece of doctrine about abortion, which is obviously a tough issue for a lot of people to think through morally. Then again, there's a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath. So even that is something we can interpret differently," said the South Bend, Indiana mayor, adding proudly that he is "pro-choice."
Glezman noted that he loves his brother and Buttigieg, but will not change his beliefs concerning same-sex marriage or abortion.
"I can love someone who disagrees with me. I love my brother, I love Pete, I love all people, but that doesn't mean that I'm going to change my beliefs. In their eyes, if we don't celebrate or endorse their marriage views or their abortion views, then all of a sudden we become the homophobic bigots, which is just not true. You can love people and have a disagreement," he told the Examiner. Glezman emphasized that his issues are not "personal" with Buttigieg. "He's treated me fairly, he's been nice to me," he said.
"And that's what I'm seeing with this false religion," he continued. "That's why I compared them to the Pharisees of today, with their new laws that they're trying to instill. And they're saying, 'If you don't believe the way I do, then you're a hateful, bigoted person; you're homophobic, you're anti-woman.' It becomes this hostile division."
Glezman added that he hopes Buttigieg will "repent from teaching these false claims of Christianity; that he would just have an absolute encounter with God."
"Anyone who makes those claims, anyone who's going to weaponize the [Bible] in that way, I would say to anyone that you need to repent. This is leading people astray and it's very, very dangerous," Glezman said.
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