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Rep. Steve King: Story About Gays Fabricated

By    |   Friday, 24 October 2014 06:58 PM

Rep. Steve King says a media report in which he supposedly suggests gays won't make it to heaven is completely made up.

"It's all false; it's fabricated," King, an Iowa Republican, said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

The Jefferson Herald newspaper said it interviewed King, an Iowa Republican, who suggested that gays won’t make it to heaven and that divorced people could be thwarted in the pursuit of eternal salvation.

The paper said King's comments came in response to a preliminary document released by Catholic bishops calling for broader acceptance of gays 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 is quoted as saying in the Herald.

King declined to say whether he thought divorce or cohabitation are sins, remarking, "I think that I’ll not comment on that part."

But he added: "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 on the Herald on who he believes are in the "condemned" category, King said, "Let me say it isn’t to me to pass that judgment, and those who choose a lifestyle that I’ll say is not one that’s anointed and favored by my faith — or their faith, for that matter — that’s between them and God."

But King told Steve Malzberg the article was picked up by TalkingPointsMemo, which put a dubious headline on it.

The headline reads: "Steve King: I 'Don't Expect' To Meet Gays In Heaven."

"Here is their style: If you read the article, you'll see the headline is not relevant to the quotes that are used. The quotes that are used are two or three words and then they add a sentence," King said.

"What I said was it's between them and God. I said what was the sin 2,000 years ago is a sin today. That was what I said and I stand on what I said. They manufactured this.

"Maybe I won't meet the people that distort the truth in the next life either and I'm going to do my best to get to heaven."

King discussed the report and other current issues.

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King also commented on the growing Ebola crisis in the United States, saying its "unbelievable" that a travel ban has yet to be enforced on flights to and from Ebola-afflicted nations.

"How long does it take to figure this out that we need to have a travel ban, a TSA no-fly list and quarantine those who have been exposed to Ebola?" he said.

"It is unbelievable to me that the most common sense thing that we have done for centuries to fight disease somehow aren't politically correct in this administration."

He said a New York City doctor who returned from Guinea only to go out on the town for several days before being diagnosed with Ebola, "should've known better."

"The question that hangs out here is how is it that these doctors that are top notch, best, No. 1 experts on Ebola, who work with it. How is it that they contract it, which happens multiple times?" he said.

"If they don't know how they contracted Ebola, how can they tell us from the CDC or can the mayor of New York say we don't have to worry about getting Ebola, unless you're exposed?

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