The brother-in-law of Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg is calling on the South Bend mayor to "repent" for invoking the Bible to defend late-term abortions.
During an interview on "The Breakfast Club" Friday, Buttigieg said life only begins when a baby takes a breath — and claimed the Bible supports his view.
Right now, they hold everybody in line with this one 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. And so even that is something we can interpret differently.
Those comments crossed the line, according to Rhyan Glezman, the pastor of a small Michigan church whose brother, Chasten, is married to Buttigieg.
"I feel a sense of responsibility and stewardship of my faith to stand up and say something, to say, 'No, that's not true,'" Glezman told the Washington Examiner.
"God places a very high value on all human life. Everyone is created fearfully and wonderfully in the image of God with intrinsic value. That doesn't start at the first breath, it starts when we enter our mother's womb," he explained.
Glezman, who believes the Democratic agenda is "anti-life" and "anti-God," slammed his brother-in-law's continued use of the Bible to push his progressive agenda, calling Buttigieg a "false teacher" who has "weaponized" the scriptures.
"What we see is a modern-day Pharisee," Glezman said. "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."
Still, Glezman told the Examiner that he loves his brother-in-law — but that does not mean he will capitulate his religious principles to appease progressives.
"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," he said.
"And that's what I'm seeing with this false religion," Glezman explained. "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."