In some highly religious circles, the general opinion is that women should be in the kitchen making sandwiches the majority of the time–and the rest of it, they should just shut the f#$% up.
Of course, the good pastor had his trusty Bible to back up his backwards belief that women are somehow inferior to men. Anderson quoted 1 Timothy 2:11. “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”
While most Christians seem to consider this to be an outdated and absurd way of thinking, Pastor Anderson amped it up with more wisdom from a bunch of illiterate sheep herders, asking the congregation to flip to 1 Corinthians 14. “Let your women keep silence in the churches, for it is not permitted unto them to speak, but they are commanded to be under obedience as also sayeth the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is shameful for women to speak in the church,” he quoted.
He clarified that it’s OK when women chat before church, and it’s certainly OK to sing, but “But when it’s learning time, it’s silence time. See what I mean? So what it’s saying is that they are to learn in silence.”
In case the ladies didn’t quite get it, he added, “When the learning is going on, they aren’t permitted to speak. When the learning is happening they are to be in silence. When the preaching–first of all, it’s not for a woman to be doing the preaching. Second of all, it’s not for women to be speaking. The Bible’s really clear on this. Even if they were to have a question, they’re not to ask that question in the church.”
He added that, “This is why I don’t believe that women should be saying “Amen” during the preaching, either.” Why? Anderson says that because “Amen” means, “That’s true,” saying “Amen” constitutes a woman expressing her opinion about the sermon–and we can’t have that!
He then told a story of a time a woman had the audacity to tell him, a man, that he was wrong–in church of all places! “I kind of blew up a little bit,” he said, being the charmer that he is.
In 2009, Anderson got to meet the Secret Service after spouting off hate speech so extreme, it’s a wonder that the church managed to stay tax exempt! In his vitriolic sermon, Anderson expressed his extreme hatred of the President and prayed for his death, using the Bible to justify his twisted stance.