Steven Anderson is the crazypants anti-gay pastor calling for Obama’s death and all sorts of Armageddon style ridiculousness. Leading his parish at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., Anderson has kept busy calling four our heads. This gets him a lot of press. Even from the gays.
Now, like most anti-gay zealots, Mr. Anderson (yes, this guy) finds his hatred written in Bible verse, or at least that’s his takeaway.
Jack E. Jett: You think that all gay people are child molesters and predators. Is that correct?
Steven Anderson: Yes.
Which would be fine, were it not for his incitements to violence. Be anti-gay all the way, just please don’t advocate murder.
Especially of the president. To be fair, Anderson doesn’t encourage anyone to kill Barack Obama, but he wouldn’t have a problem with it. Nor would he have a problem with anyone who gunned down a crowd of LGBTs with a machine gun. He would, however, cherish the moment, because somebody would have martyred themselves. (Obama is a baby killer, you see.)
Sadly, Mr. Anderson speaks in tongues, non sequiturs, and hate. We hesitate to take this man seriously, except here he is, in a public forum, firmly believing he’s on the right side of right while finding violence and murder perfectly acceptable.
Strip all that away, however, and this man is a fine comedian.
Michelangelo Signorile: You know, I’m gay..I’m gay, and I don’t molest any children. What do you think of that?
Steven Anderson: Well, I’d say you’re lying.
MS: You think i must be molesting children, right?
SA: Exactly, right.
MS: Do you pray that I’ll die tonight?
SA: If you’re a homosexual, I hope you get brain cancer like Ted Kennedy.
Like, these are jokes, right?
Jett: Okay. And you say this because all the gay people you had come in contact with have tried to either seduce your or seduce your children?
Anderson: No, no that’s not really the right quote. Here’s where I get that belief. First of all, Leviticus 20:13 says that if man also lies with mankind as he lies with a woman, even both of them have committed an abomination, their blood shall be upon them. So God put the death penalty on homosexuality in Leviticus 20:13. It’s reiterated again in Romans chapter one in the New Testament.
And as far as believing that they’re all pedophiles and predators, it’s not… obviously I’ve come in contact with gay people constantly, and I didn’t… obviously every single one of them I came in contact with I didn’t witness them trying to molest or trying to rape. But what I said was that there are three stories in the Bible that involve homosexuals, and in all three stories they’re trying to rape and abuse people against their will. Also there are other verses in the Bible like Habakkuk 2:!5 … [Begin part 2] … where the Bible insinuates that the gays will try to use alcohol to molest or rape someone against their will. And then I said that the gays I’ve known, like that I actually knew as far as some that were in my extended family for example, or that I went to school with, were always trying to molest or recruit others to their lifestyle.
Obviously I’ve come into contact briefly with people out in public. Obviously every single one of them I didn’t witness doing this, because they’re doing it behind closed doors. But I’m saying I’ve been exposed to a lot of it. I’ve seen…
Part of us wants to ignore this man. Like the National Organization for Marriage, he has an agenda of hate. And yet, like NOM, he also has an audience. People listen to this guy. Some may even agree with him, tacitly or wholeheartedly. And thus, must we engage him?