Just when you think Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) can’t get any lower.
King, for those not in the know, has a history of expressing some really troublesome views. Somehow, in spite of that, the people of Iowa keep voting for him.
I guess it’s an Iowa thing.
Most recently, the congressman’s comments on white nationalism caused quite the outrage, and for good reason.
In January of this year, he mused during an interview with The New York Times over the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist.” Specifically, he wondered how those terms got to be offensive.
The subsequent – and well-deserved outrage – resulted in King being booted by House Republicans from his seats on the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees.
Committee seats are a big deal in the House, as they allow lawmakers to represent the interests of their home districts to Congress. Losing those seats had to be quite the blow.
But Steve King is gonna Steve King, apparently, so you know what that means.
He said something really, really stupid.
While speaking to a town hall crowd in Cherokee, Iowa on Tuesday, he gave account of his harrowing experience, following his ill-advised comments to The Times.
Hang on to your hats.
“And when I had to step down to the floor of the House of Representatives and look up at those 400-and-some accusers — you know, we’ve just passed through Easter and Christ’s Passion — and I have a better insight into what He went through for us, partly because of that experience,” King said.
Did your forehead hit your desk?
King is reportedly a Catholic. You’d think he’d know better, but apparently, he’s missed a few things.
In the case of Jesus, he did no wrong. He was sinless. He harbored no ill-will towards anyone. He did not reject anyone who came to him, and he didn’t preach supremacism on any level, but instead, preached fellowship.
For the crime of love, he was flogged until the flesh was ripped from his side. He was spit on, slapped, beaten, had the hair of his beard ripped from his face, his entire visage mangled, and then he was hung on a cross, to die a slow, horrific death.
And he did this all, not for his own glory, but so that through his humiliation and torturous death, humanity – all humanity, willing to call his name – could live.
He bore the punishment of others, and it was not to score political points.
For Representative King to go this far, he’s really reaching into the bowels of insanity.
Then again, I guess he knows his constituents.
His supporters were willing to step up and defend him.
“Christianity is really being persecuted, and it’s starting right here in the United States,” Pinky Person told the newspaper. “I would just like to make a statement that with all the problems that we have, if we would just allow God to work, and keep on praying and keep on believing and keep on working together, we could overcome so many of these problems.”
Well, no. It has been going on in other parts of the world for some time, actually.
Church burnings in the Netherlands, bombings and terrorism in the Middle East…
At least in the United States, even with the radical left and their push to punish or push back against a Christian worldview where it is presented to the public, we at least have a Constitution that guarantees us a right to worship, as we see fit.
That aside, what does anything King said, either in that January interview with The NYT or at that town hall have to do with Christianity?
The man demeaned the cause of Christ by comparing his politics to what Jesus Christ did for us.
That’s the key, right there.
Jesus suffered for us.
Steve King was embarrassed and demoted for what he’d done, and his whining now is only for what was done to him.
Maybe it’s an Iowa thing.
I’m not Catholic, but I’m going to guess it’s not a Catholic thing.
Whatever the case, it may be time for the Steve King experiment to end.