Rep. Steve King is a devout Roman Catholic, but he really doesn't care what the Pope has to say about gay people, because he answers to a higher authority – his re-election campaign.
The Iowa Congressman has served in the United States House of Representatives since 2003, and knows a thing or two about getting re-elected: attack the gays – something he's been doing his entire congressional career, along with immigrants, women, abortion, stem cells, Hurricane Sandy victims, King's never met a minority he liked, but bankers, well, that's different.
This week, King gave an interview to a local Iowa paper, The Jefferson Herald.
After discussing the Vatican's initial document that called for a more "welcoming" approach to gay people, King, the paper reports, suggested "gays won’t make it to heaven."
“I would say that what was a sin 2,000 years ago is a sin today, and we need to stick to that principle,” King said. “I’ll just say that what was a sin 2,000 years ago is a sin today, and people that were condemned to hell 2,000 years ago, I don’t expect to meet them should I make it to heaven. So let’s stick with that principle.”
Let's of course remember that this is the Steve King who just a few years ago declared same sex marriage to be a part of the socialist agenda to undermine "the foundations of individual rights and liberties."
If there is a Hell, I suspect that King has a reserved seat. Like his Christofascists/Tea Party supporters, King is working hard to kill the Christian brand. To say that the man is a modern day Pharisee is an understatement.But on matters such as co-habitation and divorce, which the Vatican also discussed at the Synod, King was far more tolerant.