This is the type of future envisioned by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on the House floor last week. In a freewheeling discussion of everything from immigration to Russian Marxists, the Iowa congressman criticized Obama’s decision to call Collins after his courageous move. “These are the ways that culture gets undermined,” King lamented. “One notch at a time, American civilization, American culture, western civilization, western Judeo-Christiandom are eroded.”
King contrasted Obama’s chat with Collins to the fact that the president hasn’t personally called ex-New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, “who will kneel and pray to God on the football field.”
KING: I hear the president reducing or lowering American values by his comments that take place in the public and in the press. Think about the things he’s chosen to take sides on. […] Then we’ve got Tim Tebow who will kneel and pray to God on the football field. Meanwhile we have a professional athlete that decides he’s going to announce his sexuality and he gets a personal call from the United States to highlight the sexuality of a professional ballplayer. These are ways that the culture gets undermined, where it gets divided. The people over on this side take their followership from that kind of leadership. One notch at a time, American civilization, American culture, western civilization, western Judeo-Christiandom are eroded.
King has a storied history as a culture warrior since entering the House in 2003. He has argued that marriage equality is a “purely socialist concept“, belittled marriage equality by saying “you don’t need a license to begin a new friendship,” contended that LGBT people should have to hide their orientation at work, and said that children will be raised in “warehouses” if conservatives don’t “defend marriage”.