Right Wing Watch has posted up two 3 minute audio clips (linked above) of pastor Steven L. Anderson, who leads a church he founded in Phoenix, AZ in 2005. The clips are of pastor Anderson inciting his congregation, urging them to kill homosexuals, because - of course - that's what God wants.
The same God who instituted the death penalty for murderers is the same God who instituted the death penalty for rapists and for homosexuals - sodomites, queers! That's what it was instituted for, okay? That's God, he hasn't changed. Oh, God doesn't feel that way in the New Testament ... God never "felt" anything about it, he commanded it and said they should be taken out and killed.
I think that little bit speaks for itself. A bit of Googling will take you to Anderson's church website (linked above), and further link you to both his blog and his wife's. His wife's blog is titled StevenAndersonFamily, and is supposed to be about her family and its various comings and goings. Strangely enough, its top story focuses on a so-called "perverted OB/GYN." The real gold is the husband's blog.
Remember the post I did concerning the various gun-toting, right-wing protestors outside of Obama's rally? Apparently, one of the guys carrying an AR15 assault rifle outside of an Obama rally in Phoenix, AZ is a member of Mr. Anderson's church. Anderson calls him Brother Chris. Poking around a little bit more finds that Mr. Anderson apparently urges his congregation to carry guns outside of rallies in which President Obama is known to be in attendance. So, the homosexuals aren't the only ones that deserve fear and death. Apparently the President of the United States is on this nut job's list. Oh, this man is also facing several charges, because he decided a border patrol agent didn't have the right to search his car...at border patrol. That's his job, I believe. (And, for added bonus, Pastor Anderson will show you step-by-step how to save a damned soul the Steven Anderson way!)
The obvious here is that this man is a Christian, right wing, bigoted nut job who constantly urges his congregation, the media, and anyone he can reach through his blog, radio, and television appearances to violence against particular groups of people. I think the more far-reaching ideal is that of The Christian Fanatic. This person is one who uses the Bible as an excuse to discriminate against others. These are the people that give the simple and, otherwise, beautiful religion of Christianity its bad name amongst non-Christians. I suppose that's what happens when you're the largest religion in the world. You have the largest number of nut jobs.
His god may command my death, but my Goddess expects my love, and my God commands balance and tolerance. I'll pick mine any day.
What do you think about all this? Just another story? Or, is this a harrowing sign of things to come? It is historically factual over the last half century or more that conservative media outlets use highly volatile and inflammatory language to describe various groups of people (homosexuals, abortion doctors, Democratic politicians, the President, etc.), and when these urgings are acted upon by a listener, they deny culpability. It is about time that we take a serious look at these conservative attention-grabbers, and attempt to silence their violence.
Love and Lyte,