It’s always kind of interesting to hear “Christians” refer to Islam as a religion that is “inherently violent.” A religion in which violence is written to the text chapter and verse, and the prescription to commit acts of violence made mandatory by almighty God. But every so often, we’re reminded that mandatory violence against certain people is entrenched in all of the Big Three…as long as they get Old Testament enough.
In the Old West town of Tempe Arizona — where desert rats wear tinfoil hats and the chemtrails fly for everyone — a Baptist pastor named Steven Anderson seems to have picked up the mantle of one Fred Phelps. In a recent sermon titled “AIDS: The Judgement of God,” he called for the God-mandated genocide of approximately 140 to 700 million homosexuals worldwide.
Which is Hitler plus Stalin times…like…a lot.
He begins the sermon with a rant on International AIDS Day, and the fact that it was promoted in his local bank. You know, the money-changers Jesus hated so much, where Anderson goes to deposit his weekly tithes and offerings. Evidently, those foul Jews (yes, he’s also antisemetic) had the nerve to undermine the righteous judgement of God against homosexuals in lieu of putting up Christmas and Thanksgiving decorations.
Obviously, that was a pretty rotten conclusion, but it proved only a prelude to the maggot-ridden meat of Anderson’s sermon. The Final Solution:
“Turn to Leviticus 20:13, because I actually discovered the cure for AIDS.
‘If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.’
And that, my friend, is the cure for AIDS. It was right there in the Bible all along; and they’re out spending billions of dollars in research and testing. It’s curable, right there. Because if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant.”
And believe it or not, genocide isn’t even the most controversial thing Anderson’s ever advocated. He’s not a big fan of Jews or women speaking in church, and the Secret Service paid him a visit in 2009 when he openly prayed for the death of Barack Obama.
So, let’s recap: hatred, genocide, homophobia, misogyny, antisemetism and assassination. Yep…everything Jesus ever stood for!
Now, as much as people will decry Anderson as being an “anomaly” and a “singularity” of hate among people of his faith, it’s worth mentioning that celebration of disease as the righteous judgement of God hardly started with Fred Phelps. The modern movement on AIDS specifically started with Pat Robertson when he went for the 1988 Republican bid for president. But it goes back much further than that.
In fact, there’s hardly ever been a plague or epidemic hit mankind that Old Testament fellas like Anderson didn’t celebrate as the Righteous Judgement of Almighty God. And that includes THE Plague. Black Death, that is. From the Decameron, by Italian poet Giovanni Baccaccio, circa 1353 a.d.:
“…when into the notable city of Florence, fair over every other of Italy, there came to death-dealing pestilence, which, through the operation of the heavenly bodies or of our own iniquitous doings, being sent down upon mankind for our correction by the just wrath of God…”
And here’s our Lord and Savior, being super-thrilled about God’s righteous judgement, as meted out by the archanged Gabriel:
So, just remember, folks: When you hear holy men like Anderson calling for the mass slaughter of somewhere between 140 million and 700 million people, it’s not “Genocide for Jesus.” They’re not calling for the butchery of their fellow man in the name of God’s Judgement.
They just got that really old-time religion in their souls.