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September 19th, 2019

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When I heard Democratic Party Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg on TV trying to use Christianity against Republicans, as if he was a “Chosen One,” I almost fell out of my La-Z-Boy laughing so hard.

“Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator,” Buttigieg said in criticism of Vice President Mike Pence’s views on marriage. 

Buttigieg was also reported to say: “Look, when I read the Bible, there is an awful lot about hypocrites in there,” he told The Washington Post in May. “Frankly, neither priests nor government officials come off very good in the New Testament ... And again, I’m old enough to remember when it was conservatives who said this, but I’m going to say it: The presidency is not just a policy position; it is a moral position.”

Buttigieg preaching about morality?

Give me a break.

These kind of misinformation campaigns and rewriting the Bible infuriate me. And now the Democratic Party has turned to using spokespersons to try and prove the “Bible” and  our “Constitution” are actually socialist documents.

Just when you think Democrats can’t get any crazier.

The Democratic National Committee gathered Aug. 23 in San Francisco for the purpose of drumming up more divisiveness and chaos in our troubled country.

One of the spokespersons I refer to was the president of the NAACP’s North Carolina chapter, The Reverend William Barber. 

He supported those Democrats who have “ … abandoned economic liberty in favor of turning the U.S. into a Venezuelan style socialist (sewer),” according to an Aug. 24 opinion piece posted by Streiff at

Barber contended policies that lift up those who are most marginalized and dejected in our society and policies that establish justice are in the Bible. Therefore socialism, which he claims does the same, is totally accepted by God.

“The Bible says it’s so,” is his twisted explanation. 

Barber went on to say, “If you want to call caring for folks socialism, then the Constitution is a socialist document because it calls us to promote the general welfare and to establish justice.”

This kind of reasoning doesn’t sit well with many Christians, and Streiff didn’t care for it, either.

“This is the kind of deeply heretical and dishonest (BS) that ‘political’ clergy spin. It doesn’t matter if they are Salvadoran Jesuits preaching Liberation Theology to benefit an atheistic overthrow of the existing government or Father James Martin flinging about proof texts to show that God is perfectly fine with unrestrained (homosexuality).”

That which Buttigieg does almost daily. One of his supporters actually exalted that Buttigieg “Speaks Christian, and I like that.”

Barber, the phony Reverend, claimed that “Jesus gave free health care to everyone.”

That, Streiff said, is totally incorrect.

“There is zero evidence that Jesus was terribly interested in social policy. Rather the opposite,” Streiff pointed out. “In John 5:3-9 you have the story of the lame man at the pool of Bethesda.”

In the Bible story, the lame man complains no one will carry him to the healing waters, so Jesus says, to “rise up and walk” into the waters, and the man does. The point being Jesus didn’t force everyone else to help the man, as socialism does.

“He didn’t provide healthcare for everyone because Jesus didn’t do tricks,” Streiff wrote.

“While Barber seems to know precious little about Christian theology, he knows even less about the U.S. Constitution. It is not a collectivist document,” Streiff continued. “The Bill of Rights, itself, is an indictment of Barber’s view which I can only assume is an ill thought out, cornpone version of the bastardization of America’s history being fluffed by the New York Times 1619 Project.”

Barber ignores Catholic theology altogether and, in my opinion, is a disgrace as a Reverend.

“Catholic Christianity is incompatible with Socialism and it has been so declared for a century and a half. This is Pope Leo XIII in 1878:

“They (socialists, communists, or nihilists) debase the natural union of man and woman, which is held sacred even among barbarous peoples; and its bond, by which the family is chiefly held together, they weaken, or even deliver up to lust.”

Streiff continued.

“Pope Pius XI in 1931:

“That We, in keeping with Our fatherly solicitude, may answer their petitions, We make this pronouncement: Whether considered as a doctrine, or an historical fact, or a movement, Socialism, if it remains truly Socialism, even after it has yielded to truth and justice on the points which we have mentioned, cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church because its concept of society itself is utterly foreign to Christian truth.”

Pope John XXIII in 1961:

“The reason (that Christianity and Socialism are incompatible) is that Socialism is founded on a doctrine of human society which is bounded by time and takes no account of any objective other than that of material well-being. Since, therefore, it proposes a form of social organization which aims solely at production, it places too severe a restraint on human liberty, at the same time flouting the true notion of social authority.”

Pope Saint John Paul II in 1991:

“Socialism considers the individual person simply as an element, a molecule within the social organism, so that the good of the individual is completely subordinated to the functioning of the socio-economic mechanism.” 

Pope Benedict XVI in 2005:

“The State which would provide everything, absorbing everything into itself, would ultimately become a mere bureaucracy incapable of guaranteeing the very thing which the suffering person − every person − needs; namely, loving personal concern.”

So beware Christians when these abominations like Buttigieg and “political” Reverends like Barber, twist and mangle the meanings of the words of our Bible and Constitution in order to brainwash those who are not familiar with either or both.

Christians need to reach out to those who may be swayed by these malicious charlatans – with truth.

“We shall overcome.”

For the entire Streiff op-ed, go to:

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