Representative Steve King (R-IA) thinks that he is going to heaven when he leaves this Earth and he is just as certain that when he arrives at the Pearly Gates he will look around and find that heaven is free of homosexuals.
In an interview with the Jefferson Herald on Wednesday the congressman was asked about his feelings about the recent Vatican report that seems to suggest that the church is ready to accept gays. In his response King seemed to say that no matter what the leaders of his church may say there are certain unforgivable transgressions that will keep gays out of heaven along with those who cohabit or divorce.
“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.
The question was related to the preliminary report issued two weeks ago by the Extraordinary Synod on the Family which suggests that the church is preparing to relax its stance on such things as birth control, homosexuality and cohabitation.
Statements made in the report include, “homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community,” and in regard to same-sex marriages, “with homosexual unions, there are instances where mutual assistance to the point of sacrifice is a valuable support in the life of these persons.”
The report also said that divorced persons should be given “great respect” and that cohabitation “can display authentic family values or at least an inherent desire for them.”
King declined to comment directly on either divorce or cohabitation, apparently exempting them from the sins from 2,000 years ago that are still sins today, when asked to comment on them he said:
“I think that I’ll not comment on that part. 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.”
When pressed for an answer about who he thought would be included in those that he deems to be “condemned” King refused saying that it wasn’t his place to pass judgement — funny, that’s exactly what he seems to be doing.
When asked if he will leave that Catholic church if Pope Francis continues to lead it in a more progressive direction King said:
“I have not the read the document so I couldn’t say. These are, of course, delicate topics to deal with.”
h/t: Think Progress