Is it really any wonder that Christianity is on the decline in America? Pastor Stephen L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona is a veritable fount of hatred — so much so that the SPLC has officially recognized him and his flock as a hate group.
Pastor Anderson, who would be a virtual unknown if not for his decision to repeatedly provoke border agents in hopes of finally getting a response he could construe as an example of the government persecuting Christians — and, of course, his Secret Service visit after he threatened the President’s life. True, he was threatening to use magic, but he still prayed for his god to smite Barack Obama:
Anderson has become well-known for his unique brand of hatred. Not only does he feel that women are not worthwhile enough to so much as say “Amen” in church (because that would give the impression that they have the right to declare something to be true), but Anderson routinely expresses his displeasure with the LGBTQ community.
Last December, the pastor earned himself national attention when he presented his “Biblical” cure for AIDS — one that was rather Hitlerian in nature. To get rid of AIDS, Anderson explained, it was necessary only to round up every single “faggot” and kill them. Then, poof! No more AIDS! “If you executed the homos like God recommends,” Anderson explained, “you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant.”
Unsurprisingly, when Anderson learned that right-wing nutcase Bruce Jenner had transitioned into the lovely Caitlyn Jenner, he had to speak his piece — and just like Barack Obama, Jenner has to die. In his Sunday morning sermon, Anderson explained that there are some sins people commit for which you can pray — but people like Josh Duggar, Mao Tse Tung, and…”filthy transvestite” Caitlyn Jenner(?!?) should just die.
“Bruce Jenner has mutilated his body basically,” Anderson said at the end of his sermon, “and he’s being praised by our President. Our President Obama is praising him — or praising her. We don’t even know what it is.”
“I think that he used the female pronoun about somebody named Bruce,” Anderson continued. “Our President is praising the wicked, here, okay?”
“This filthy pervert is on all these magazine covers and just everywhere being crammed down our throat,” Anderson told his congregation. “Hundreds of millions of people are being subjected to looking at a trans freak. And this person is the evangelist of sodomy and filth to the world.”
Anderson says that praying for Jenner to find Jesus is useless — but he will be offering up a prayer:
“I’m going to pray that he dies and goes to Hell. Are you serious? Look, I have nothing but hate — when I see a man dressed up as a woman, who has mutilated his body to become a woman, and say ‘Hey, look at me everybody. Look at me kids!’ I mean, the kids in America today — 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 10 years old are seeing this freak and having their minds perverted and ruined permanently. Listen to me, I hate him with a perfect hatred. I have no love — NO LOVE — for this Bruce freak. I hope he dies today. I hope he dies and goes to Hell. He’s disgusting, he’s filthy, he’s reprobate. I would pray all these prayers in Psalm 69. I would pray all this in Psalm 69 and 109 toward him.”
“You evil, filthy animal that’s destroying the morals of our country,” Anderson said as his rant continued. “DIE!”
He explained that he’s not hateful — he loves ‘Murika, after all — but “that guy will never find Jesus,” so it is pointless to pray for him. “The Bible says he’s reprobate.”
For those who do choose to pray for Caitlyn Jenner, for those who hope God “touches his heart,” Anderson agrees — though not in the manner a sane person would mean.
“I hope God touches his heart like this,” Anderson said as he performed a ‘crushing’ motion. “That’s how I want him to touch his heart. I pray that his heart would explode right now. Filthy, disgusting reprobate — am I living in the Twilight Zone?”
Watch Anderson’s anti-LGBTQ hate speech, below:
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