Donald Trump’s faith adviser Tony Perkins has slammed gay Democrat Pete Buttigieg for claiming God made him gay.
Over the weekend, Buttigieg – who is in the running to become the first openly gay President of the United States – said in a speech that God made him gay and said he hopes the ‘Mike Pences of the world’ would understand that.
He said: “Speaking only for myself, I can tell you that if me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade.
“And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand.
“If you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”
But now, Perkins – who sits on Trump’s faith advisory board and the US Commission on International Religious Freedom – has hit back at Buttigieg’s comments.
While speaking to Fox News on Wednesday (April 10), Perkins said: “I think Mayor Pete has an issue with the words of scripture.
“There’s just no evidence to support that. I know that if you repeat a lie often enough, people begin to believe it, but God does not create people that way.
“Now, there’s circumstances that lead one maybe down that path, and I’m not saying anyone would choose that lifestyle… but to say that they were made by God?
“First off, the science doesn’t back that up, and scripture doesn’t back that up, because Jesus himself spoke to what marriage was.
“And Matthew also spoke to what gender was. I don’t hear Mayor Pete quoting that.
“Scripture warns of wolves in sheep’s clothing coming and talking smooth, trying to be all things to all people.
“The reality is he’s advocating for policies that are not in line with the scripture. You can talk about words. You can use the rhetoric of scripture, but your policy has to match it.
“When you’re redefining God’s institution of marriage, you can’t claim to be carrying out the policies and principles of scripture. when you’re doing things that are 180 degrees from it.”
Watch Perkins hit back at Buttigieg below: