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Pete Buttigieg Blasted For Claiming Jesus Was A “Refugee”


On Christmas, 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg took to Twitter in order to use the birth of Jesus to push the leftist agenda on immigration.

In his tweet, Buttigieg said that Jesus “came into this world…not as a citizen, but as a refugee.”

Here’s Buttigieg’s original tweet:

As you may have guessed, the backlash was swift.

Some pointed out the shakiness of Buttigieg's statement on Jesus' birth.

Others blasted Mayor Pete's ignorance and eagerness to use Christianity for his own purposes:

Abby Johnson, the woman behind the wildly succesful pro-life blockbuster Unplanned, fixed Buttigieg's tweet for him:

NFL player Benjamin Watson told Buttigieg to read the Bible:


Townhallfurther refuted Buttigieg's faulty characterization of Jesus Christ:

Democratic presidential candidate was blasted on Twitter or his Christmas day message claiming Jesus was a refugee. 

“Today I join millions around the world in celebrating the arrival of divinity on earth, who came into this world not in riches but in poverty, not as a citizen but as a refugee,” he wrote. “No matter where or how we celebrate, merry Christmas.”

According to the Gospel of Luke, Mary and Joseph were traveling due to a census.

2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2 King James Version (KJV)

Fox News also had the following to say:

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg faced a flurry of criticism on Christmas day after he suggested that Jesus Christ entered into the world as a refugee.

"Today I join millions around the world in celebrating the arrival of divinity on earth, who came into this world not in riches but in poverty, not as a citizen but as a refugee," he tweeted.

His tweet came just days after the 2020 presidential candidate released his plan calling for a significant increase in refugee admissions and setting an admissions minimum of 95,000.

Buttigieg's policy paper specifically recalls Biblical language to support his vision for immigration. “I was a stranger and you welcomed me," the paper says, referring to a passage from the Gospels.

But conservatives argued Buttigieg's understanding of the Bible was off the mark.

"Joseph and Mary went to their ancestral home in Bethlehem for a census," conservative commentator Matt Walsh tweeted.

"[I]n no sense did Jesus 'come into this world as a refugee.' There’s also no reason to think that Joseph was particularly impoverished. So nothing about this tweet is correct," he added.

He argued Jesus wasn't a refugee when his family fled to Egypt, either, as "Egypt was a Roman territory."


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