Rep. Steve King, one of the dullest men ever to serve in Congress, gave an interview to the Jefferson Herald newspaper in Iowa in which he criticized the Catholic Church for moving even a tiny bit toward treating gay people as human beings and said he didn’t expect to see any gay people in heaven.
Those assessments from the conservative western Iowa congressman came during his forceful takes on a preliminary document released by a collection of Catholic bishops that calls for broader acceptance of homosexuals and people who are divorced or living together without being married.
“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 in an interview with The Jefferson Herald.
The report from the bishops — which at the time of the interview King said he had “picked up little pieces in the news” about — is not a final guiding document, and is expected to generate animated debate in the church worldwide.
“I owe it to Pope Francis to read it carefully and read it with precision before I pass judgment on it,” King said. “I would just say that in fact to pass judgment on his document seems a bit presumptuous as I hear myself say that.”
Among other things, the synod document says “homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community,” and “with homosexual unions, there are instances where mutual assistance to the point of sacrifice is a valuable support in the life of these persons.” For the divorced, the report calls for “great respect.” And with regard to cohabitation, the working language includes the following thinking, “Such unions can display authentic family values or at least an inherent desire for them.”
King declined to say whether he thought divorce or cohabitation are sins.
“I think that I’ll not comment on that part,” 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.”
Gay people are relieved that they won’t have to deal with this bigoted prick after they die. Dealing with him on this planet is more than enough.