Steve King is Not Racist

On the one hand we have a mass of liberal democrats and the New York Times (but I repeat myself) who are telling us that Congressman Steve King is a racist, white supremacist, neo-nazi.  On the other hand we have….well, Republicans telling us that they agree with the Democrats.

Let’s examine the evidence.

  1. Steve King has stated repeatedly that he is not a racist, white supremacist, or a neo-nazi, most recently last week from the floor of the House.
  2. Steve King has made some comments that, taken out of context, can be made to appear as if he supports white supremacy.
  3. In October of 2016, according to the NYT, “Mr. King meets in Austria with leaders of the far-right Freedom Party, including Heinz-Christian Strache and Norbert Hofer. The party was founded in the 1950s by former Nazis.” He met with these people. Talking to someone is not the same thing as agreeing with them.
  4. His largest crime according to the NYT articles about him appears to be that he is actually proud of the accomplishments of white people, not unlike black people are proud of black accomplishments, latino people are proud of latino accomplishments, etc.

I have not heard one quote from him that is racist.  I’ve heard several quotes that the left would consider racist (such as “English should be our official language”) but are not actually racist. The closest thing he’s ever said that could be seen as racist is that there are Mexican drug mules bringing drugs into the US illegally. And yet this article and this article and this article show that it’s true.

If Steve King went on TV tomorrow and said, “All Mexicans are criminals” then I would reject him and label him racist.  But he has not done so. He has actually stated, “One of my most strongly held beliefs is that we are all created in God’s image and that human life is sacred in all its forms. All of my life’s work, all of my public record, all of my bills, all of my votes, all of my activities support that statement, that human life is sacred in all of its forms and that we are created in God’s image.”   

The resolution that the House voted on yesterday condemning white supremacy passed by a vote of 424 to 1.  You would think that the one was Steve King, but it wasn’t. He actually voted FOR the resolution condemning white supremacy. The one negative vote was from a Democrat who didn’t want to go on record condemning white supremacy, but instead wants a resolution censuring King.  Well Rep Rush, thanks for spoiling our chance to state emphatically on MLK’s birthday that the House unanimously rejects white supremacy.

As for Congressman King, I don’t know what is in store for him. He’s a true conservative, and as such, is a major target for the left.  I’m sure there are people reading these words that think I’m naïve or willfully ignorant, because you are just absolutely positive you know what’s going on inside Mr. King’s head.  Well I’ve seen racism, and he’s not it. I will continue to support Congressman King, I will continue to pray for Congressman King as I pray for all our leaders, that he would make wise choices, that he would do what is right, and that he would trust in Christ as Savior if he has not already done so.

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About Steve Picray

I am the current pastor of the Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, Iowa. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. I am also a registered nurse working to support my ministry and my wife and three kids. I am a conservative Baptist. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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