On Friday, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, currently involved in a going-nowhere race for the 2020 Democratic nomination, insisted that the Bible provides moral evidence for the theory that life begins at birth – not at conception. Through this questionable reading of the Holy Scripture, Buttigieg said, Christian Democrats can find all the justification they need to support abortion.

“Right now,” he said, “Republicans 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. So even that is something we can interpret differently.”

This is far from the first time that Buttigieg has tried to re-purpose Christian tenets to fit the modern-day views of the Democratic Party, but this time it was a bridge too far for Pastor Rhyan Glezman. The Michigan evangelical preacher is the brother of Buttigieg’s husband Chasten, and he doesn’t appreciate his brother-in-law’s efforts to twist scripture in this way. In an interview with The Washington Examiner, Glezman accused Buttigieg of “weaponizing” Christian teachings for the purpose of furthering a false doctrine.

“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 said. “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.”

Glezman told the Examiner that it was “outrageous” for Buttigieg to claim that the Bible endorses abortion up to the moment of birth.

“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,” he said.

Buttigieg’s ridiculous Leftist Christian routine has already grown stale. We’re not even quite sure who he’s talking to. Perhaps he believes there’s some forgotten bloc of evangelical voters who really, really want an excuse to support the Democratic Party but simply can’t get around the abortion issue? We’re not convinced those people exist – or if they do, that they exist in the kind of numbers that would actually make a difference in an election. And even if both of things are true, we’re doubtful about Buttigieg’s ability to persuade them.

Alas, the man is polling at about 4% nationally, so you can’t blame him for throwing stuff at the wall, even if it’s this kind of disgusting nonsense.