This is the sixty-eighth installment in The Sounds of Fundamentalism series. This is a series that I would like readers to help me with. If you know of a video clip that shows the crazy, cantankerous, or contradictory side of Evangelical Christianity, please send me an email with the name or link to the video. Please do not leave suggestions in the comment section. Let’s have some fun!
Today’s Sound of Fundamentalism is a clip from a sermon preached by Steven Anderson, pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church, Tempe, Arizona. This video clearly shows that Steven Anderson has taken over Fred Phelps’ throne and is now the most vile and disgusting man in America.
(video removed from YouTube)
The original video was removed by YouTube. It can still be viewed here.
Transcript (Thanks to Hemant Mehta)
The good news is that there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and pedophiles. That’s who was a victim here, are a bunch of, just, disgusting homosexuals at a gay bar, okay?
But the bad news is that this is now gonna be used, I’m sure, to push for gun control, where, you know, law-abiding normal Americans are not gonna be allowed to have guns for self-defense. And then I’m sure it’s also gonna be used to push an agenda against so-called “hate speech.” So Bible-believing Christian preachers who preach what the Bible actually says about homosexuality — that it’s vile, that it’s disgusting, that they’re reprobates — you know, we’re gonna be blamed. Like, “It’s all extremism! It’s not just the Muslims, it’s the Christians!” I’m sure that that’s coming. I’m sure that people are gonna start attacking, you know, Bible-believing Christians now, because of what this guy did.
Now let me just be real clear: I’ve never advocated for violence. I don’t believe in, you know, taking the law into our own hands. I would never go in and shoot up a gay bar — so-called. I don’t believe it’s right for us to just be a vigilante… But I will say this: The Bible says that homosexuals should be put to death, in Leviticus 20:13. Obviously, it’s not right for somebody to just, you know, shoot up the place, because that’s not going through the proper channels. But these people all should have been killed, anyway, but they should have been killed through the proper channels, as in they should have been executed by a righteous government that would have tried them, convicted them, and saw them executed. Because, in Leviticus 20:13, God’s perfect law, he put the death penalty on murder, and he also put the death penalty on homosexuality. That’s what the Bible says, plain and simple.
So, you know, the good news is that at least 50 of these pedophiles are not gonna be harming children anymore. The bad news is that a lot of the homos in the bar are still alive, so they’re gonna continue to molest children and recruit people into their filthy homosexual lifestyle…
I’m not sad about it, I’m not gonna cry about it. Because these… 50 people in a gay bar that got shot up, they were gonna die of AIDS, and syphilis, and whatever else. They were all gonna die early, anyway, because homosexuals have a 20-year shorter life-span than normal people, anyway…
He says he’s never advocated violence…. isn’t he the same preacher who said that God would bless America for Christmas if all Real True Christians(tm) rise up and kill the gays?
Anderson plays word games to avoid personal accountability for fanning the passions of his gay hating followers. He’s just preaching the Word. He is like the Catholic hierarchy centuries ago. Church leaders would judge the heretics, but when it came time to execute them, the apostates were turned over to “secular” authorities. Anderson would be pleased if the government executed every “sodomite.”
I see stuff like this, and all that comes to mind is a line from The Crow (the comic, not the movie, though I do love the movie): “Amazing that God would waste skin on trash like that.”
I’m probably misquoting, or at least paraphrasing. I don’t care. I literally cannot think of any other response to a statement like this.
When I heard the news yesterday I thought this clown would have something to say. Jumping on the back of this tragedy for publicity. Disgusting.
I expect that most christians will also be disgusted by his remarks.
Anderson says God’s perfect law put the death penalty on gay people so a righteous government should do the same.
This is the same perfect law that has the death penalty for rape of a married or engaged woman but only demands monetary reparations for the rape of an unmarried woman. And oh yeah commands the rapist to marry the victim (Deuteronomy 22).
If his daughter was raped how would he feel if we posted a video saying her rapist should be spared jail and should do the right thing and marry his daughter – cos it’s in God’s perfect law?
This fucking horrible man lacks logic and any shred of humanity.
Never mind that there are plenty of child-molesters walking around in those Bible-believing Christian churches that he so loves. Undetected. And when they are found out, all is forgiven….
“Now let me just be real clear: I’ve never advocated for violence. I don’t believe in, you know, taking the law into our own hands.”
Like I said on Facebook, Christians like Anderson want gays dead as much as any radical Muslim does. They just want it done through official channels.
I can’t actually believe what he says. Forget religion for a moment. Not even the bible says gays are child molesters.
I wouldn’t be surprised if he was molested by an adult male when he was a child. That would explain his rage and hate and association of paedophilia with homosexuality.
It would also explain his overbearing masculinity that comes across in ‘sermons’- trying to prove to himself he is a strong man to make up for the vulnerability he felt when being abused.
I think he is so rabidly anti-gay because he is in the closet himself.
Anderson is perhaps the most loathsome of these preachers of hate, though clearly by no means the only one, and I have to wonder as to his motivations. It seems that as the US starts to move away from religion generally, albeit slowly, and from narrow minded evangelicism especially, that these sorts of dangerous individuals become even more vocal.
Together with his foolish views on guns (more guns actually reduce personal safety, not increase it, not that the NRA even cares) he sees homosexuality as akin to paedophilia, despite the evidence that the vast majority of paedophiles are actually heterosexual, and a large proportion practising Christians. I sense that Anderson was the shunned loner at school, of whom few took notice, and this developed into a huge ‘shoulder chip’, resulting in his craving attention at any costs. Or else he was the school bully.
A new low, even for him. He never ceases to amaze me
I wonder what happened to Pastor (sic) Anderson when he was young. You cannot be this stupid in hatred without early and profound damage. Is there any history on this rabid biped that might throw some light on his pit-bull grip of the subject of a gay love? One sure thing is that his equating same-sex relations with pedophilia defines his own experience because to him it is exactly the same thing…
What fucking vicious prick for Jesus.
Funny thing…in a study about homophobia, men that expressed the most virulent disgust towards gay guys, were the MOST attracted to them.
“Pastor” Anderson’s theology of hate and his use of the bible as a weapon of oppression (which stems from his authoritarian view of the bible as the direct voice of God) fails to produce any compassionate understanding of the situation and issues facing same-sex oriented persons who are about 5% of the population and exist in churches just like they exist in the broader community.
He simply wants governments to execute homosexuals: a cruel and barbaric suggestion. Although the execution of male homosexuals is mentioned as part of the OT law, he fails to realise that the OT gives us Israel’s view of God and not God’s view (if God exists). Much of the OT is barbaric, yet he treats it all as if it is all “holy writ” and inspired by God.
He regards homosexuals as enemies of God and therefore his enemies, but fails to apply Jesus’ command to his disciples to love their enemies and to Jesus’ view that God is compassionate towards the” wicked and ungrateful”.
Hate seems to be his guide and he seems to derive pleasure from the hate and his desire to have same-sex oriented persons further marginalized. All Christians should flee congregations where pastors preach vitriol against marginalized groups. Let compassion, healing mercy and loving kindness reign, not vengeance and hate.
Hi John, your comment does not acknowledge the fact that The Hateful Anderson attracts people who share his deep harm and vicious distrust of people who do not join his KJV Constipation Church. Of course Christians should this and should that but they do not: They seek the harm they know in their hearts and gang up together to sing out and yell and take firearms wherever they go. This is love at work in the USofA. This is the Phelps’ effect…This is how far we have come. Your efforts to ‘inform’ Christians is a preaching that falls on deaf ears.
This is going to hurt me more than it will you but I must beat the shit out of you in manly Michael Pearl fashion until you admit the truth. You can be sure that all of Pastor Anderson’s children fear almighty God and have felt the rod of correction. You have gone too far, you mamby-pamby love-talking wanderer. You probably read an NIV! You will feel the holy rod of correction!
Thank God for pastors like Steven Anderson for preaching the WHOLE Word of God, not just some parts that are cherry-picked! By the way, Bruce, you were NEVER one of God’s people. For, as it says in 1 John 2:19, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”. And God’s people say – AMEN!!!
Sigh . . . Do you think you are the first Evangelical who has said this about me?
By the way, according to Anderson’s theology I am still a Christian. Evidently, you don’t know him very well. Call him up and ask him, “is Bruce Gerencser still a Christian?” He will tell you yes.
Run on now . . .
With people like Les and Steven running around, why would one want to be one of “God’s people”? Their god clearly needs to attract better peeps.
Steven Anderson has been banned from entering the UK. Whilst I’m all in favour of free speech and all that I do get a smug satisfaction from knowing it. We’ve got enough shit of our own already without importing it!