Trump supporter Peter King endorses cops snooping on Catholic churches

Donald Trump supporter Peter King, a Republican congressman, told CNN today that he’d be okay with police officers running undercover operations inside Catholic churches in order to keep track of “what’s being said inside.”

King made the remarks in the context of a question from CNN about whether the issue of “mosque surveillance” came up during Trump’s security meeting held yesterday with various alleged experts.

Here’s how King responded:

“I’m a Catholic. If the police want to have a police officer in the church to hear what’s being said, that’s fine with me. If you have nothing to hide, maybe you even can make some converts.”

Yes, well, I’m a Christian too, and people would flip if undercover cops were listening to our sermons in order to determine if they were politically correct.

Someone needs a pocket Constitution.

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21 Responses to “Trump supporter Peter King endorses cops snooping on Catholic churches”

  1. AdmNaismith says:

    But it should be.

  2. Paul Julian Gould says:

    Fr. Jim Blantz in L.A. gives good ones… but he also is a performing stage magician and hangs out a lot with Harry Anderson, so that probably makes a difference… *chuckle*

  3. Paul Julian Gould says:

    Umm… yeah, Steve King is… but this is regarding Peter King… he’s the guy that supported the IRA… He’s an idiot, but doesn’t drop to the moronic level of the other guy…

    Otherwise, well-said.

  4. Zorba says:

    Try going to a Greek Orthodox church. Same thing with the sermons. At least they’re mostly in English now (including the service, although that can vary, depending upon the parish).
    When I was a kid, the sermons were in Greek. (As were the services, although they were in 2,000-year-old New Testament Greek, not modern Greek).
    Yes, I understood Greek fairly well, but not well enough to really follow a sermon. Nap time!
    If the undercover officers attended an “old-fashioned” Greek church, where the congregation is mostly elderly Greeks and the Liturgy (the service) is mostly in Greek, and where at least some of the sermon is, as well, good luck to them.
    They’d probably arrest the priest and the congregants on the spot, for speaking in a language they couldn’t understand. After all, who knows what incitement might be going on there???

  5. Badgerite says:

    I don’t know. I don’t know what is up with the GOP these days. How could they trust any assurances from an obvious grifter like trump. Like Michael Bloomberg said, “I’m from New York. And I know a con when I see one.”
    How come these GOP people don’t? This guy has no ‘presidential’ in him.
    Never has. Never will.

  6. Houndentenor says:

    I thought everyone knew that we have massive government surveillance as it is. This is pretty trivial. Also, Steve King is a moron. Why is he on CNN anyway? Do other Republicans even listen to him?

  7. Houndentenor says:

    Many of them put their sermons online, so listen all you want.

  8. Houndentenor says:

    Now, if they are showing up in a way that is intimidating, that’s another thing entirely. But if it’s just that they might hear what is said in a speech that was open to the public, there is no violation there.

    Also, King’s comment about conversion is hilarious. I have been a musician in pretty much every kind of mainline Christian service and not once have I ever heard a Catholic homily that wasn’t coma-inducing. Seriously, they lull me right to sleep every time. Episcopalians too. Conversion? No. Naptime? Much more likely.

  9. RepubAnon says:

    If only certain religions are targeted in this manner, it has a chilling effect on attending that religion’s services. Besides, it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars.

    Say, for example, we start having undercover cops monitor Southern Baptist churches for terrorist recruitment. After all, various anti-abortion groups and sovereign citizen militia-types recruit from these churches. I expect the Southern Baptists would not be pleased.

  10. marknc says:

    Neither is any other Republican. They are the polar opposite of anything Jesus ever said or did.

  11. marknc says:

    Actually I think he is on board with monitoring LOTS of people. And if President Obama weren’t acting like a dictator – oh wait

  12. BrianWPB says:

    I support snooping on the churches for two reasons:

    1) Ensure they aren’t abusing their tax exempt status by being political organizations in disguise;

    2) Ensure, in the Catholic church’s case, systemic abuse problems have been taken care of and children are no longer being victimized why they play the “transfer the problem priest” game.

    As for security monitoring, some “churches” and “mosques” are no different than the type of hate groups that agents routinely monitor for extremism, so F- em. You don’t get a free pass because you preach fairy tales in between your hatred.

  13. lilyhammer says:

    Agents attending religious services to deter terrorism is both distasteful and ineffective. People are entitled to worship in the peace and privacy of their community. Also, mosques aren’t hotbeds of terrorist recruitment: that would be the internet.

    Rep. King is just trying to obfuscate the stigmatization of Moslems. I’m pretty sure he would have outraged at FBI surveillance of Catholic churches during the eighties and nineties, i.e., the height of IRA recruitment in the U.S.

  14. DoverBill says:

    Why not just attend church like the rest of the delusionals?

  15. Badgerite says:

    Still not a good idea. And the fact that it would be something akin to government surveillance would sort of bring the First Amendment into it. Open to the public or not.

  16. Blogvader says:

    After Cardinal Law and Robert Finn, it might be good to have a few snoops in the Catholic Church.

  17. Houndentenor says:

    Every year pastors all over the country endorse candidates from the pulpit and send the recordings of themselves doing so to the IRS. No one has so much as been investigated. it’s not going to happen.

  18. Houndentenor says:

    There is no spying in listening to a sermon. Sorry, but that’s not hacking into emails or wiretapping which require warrants. Anything said in a place where anyone is allowed to enter, is not private nor secret. There is no expectation of privacy in that situation and there would be nothing wrong with listening.

  19. Nicholas A Kocal says:

    Peter King, Trump supporter and terrorist sympathizer is a real idiot. And based on his voting record and the policies he supports, he is NOT a Christian.

  20. Colin says:

    Long live Big Brother

  21. Sally says:

    No I agree with him. We need IRS agents with the authority to shut down any preacher who advocates for a,political party. We could start with evangelicals.

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