Profiling Advocate Rep. Steve King: Classifying People By Race Or Gender Is "An Insult To God"

March 29, 2011 9:25 am ET — Julia Krieger

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) may be in trouble with the Lord. This weekend at his Conservative Principles PAC Conference in Des Moines, King praised the potential GOP presidential runs of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Herman Cain, telling Political Correction that having "a female candidate who may well be a candidate for president and an African American individual who looks like he is a candidate for president ... says something about conservatives." In the same breath, the racial profiling advocate condemned racial and gender-based classification, calling it "an insult to God."

KING: Well, I think that on the day that Geraldine Ferraro passed away, ah, we should say on her behalf — that — we should say on her behalf, that — that, uh, she blazed a trail. Now, here we are at, we're having a serious policy discussion with a female candidate who may well be a candidate for president and an African American individual who looks like he is a candidate for president, and yet, neither did the issue of gender nor race come up with regard to those candidates.

And that says something about conservatives. We believe we're all created in God's image, so we don't need to go beyond that. And I believe it's an insult to God to characterize people, to classify them according to the distinctions that he's blessed people with and to help us tell each other apart. If you go to San Francisco, there's an ordinance in San Francisco that says it's unlawful to disparage the short, the fat, the tall, or the skinny. OK, well, who can you disparage?

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Before taking such a fire-and-brimstone stance, King may want to examine his own history in classifying people "according to the distinctions he's blessed people with." Last year, King argued that racial profiling "had better be used" to enforce immigration law, calling such a policy "common sense." King also backed religious profiling, suggesting the government could record Muslim prayer services to prevent terrorist attacks.

By his own standard, King is a repeat offender of this "insult to God." Perhaps he ought to consult his pastor.

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