A Response to Pastor My-Wife-Has-To-Cook-Three-Awesome-Meals-a-Day

You all remember Pastor Steven Anderson‘s ultra-offensive and misogynistic sermon on the qualities of a “virtuous woman” (a.k.a. The greatest sermon *ever*). I wrote about it here.

The folks at BetterOffDamned created a video response to the sermon — interspersed with their own commentary.

It’s awesome. I especially love the bits at 4:50 and 13:42 :)

Serious thought: This sort of thing should occur for all sermons, all the time. Can you imagine seeing a point-by-point video rebuttal to whatever your pastor says on Sunday morning? It’s the exact sort of thing churches don’t allow — but there’s nothing stopping you from responding to it if you’re willing to out yourself as a skeptic. (Yes, it takes time and energy and a little video-knowhow… but this would *so* be worth it.)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://tch3.com C High

    “Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger. I’m just preaching the Bible!” (paraphrased)


  • Tainda

    I will have to watch all of that when I get home from work but I got to the part where he is talking to his mom on the phone and I started laughing, “What are you talking about NOW?” That sounds EXACTLY like my mom lol She gets so frustrated at my “crazy atheist ideas”

  • Rain

    Wow he should remove the plank out of his own eye. I can’t imagine a bigger nag than Pastor Steven Anderson. Nag nag nag. That guy never shuts up. His congregation should tell him to go cook some dinner or something. What a nag.

  • Gamermomma

    To be fair, if the one guy was really a gamer, he would probably have noise cancelling headphones on and never hear her anyway. Don’t ask me how I know. ;-)


  • kuenzli

    I’m going to assign one of Satan’s minions to watch the pastor’s wife and report on when she runs screaming from this douchebag.

  • jdm8

    I’m curious how big the guy’s audience really is. The original sermon video doesn’t show it.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

    i don’t think i want to know. the answer would depress me, i fear.

    this pastor needs my boot up his ass. several times.

    thanks for the better off damned link, Hemant. hadn’t heard of those guys before. funny!

  • http://tellmewhytheworldisweird.blogspot.com/ perfectnumber628

    This is disgusting. I couldn’t watch any more of that guy past about 2 minutes.

  • http://tellmewhytheworldisweird.blogspot.com/ perfectnumber628

    This is disgusting. I couldn’t watch any more of that guy past about 2 minutes.

  • Librepensadora

    There is a wealth of fascinating information about this ‘pastor’ on his church’s website. His religious background is not given, but when he was 18 he went over to Europe and bummed around serving as a substitute pastor at various Baptist churches. He met his wife in Germany, ‘lead [sic] her to the Lord’ and then married her. They have been married twelve years and have seven children. I wonder how many awesome meals you can prepare when you are pregnant, nursing, and chasing after a bunch of little kids.

    ‘Pastor’ Steve is not a college graduate, but has memorized so many Bible verses that he knew Jesus wanted him to go tell it on the mountain. He founded his independent KJV-only independent Baptist church on Christmas Day, 2005. He reminds me of that hard-core sexist fundamentalist athletic coach back east who was also featured here. His wife is also a European who home-schools the couple’s children. It seemed bizarre to me that a public school teacher would not send his children there.

  • jdm8

    I haven’t watched much of his video, but I get the feeling that the preacher’s audience is rather small. If he had a big audience, they’d be itching to show off their audience size.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597605006 Mary Driftwood

    Never write a sermon on an empty stomach….

  • http://www.facebook.com/daimasters Dai Masters

    Actually, I don’t like wearing headphones. I prefer speakers, I wish I had a 7.1 system, but I don’t. XD

  • http://twitter.com/BetterOffDamned Better Off Damned

    Thanks so much for sharing our video, Hemant! Bytheway, we love your idea about sermon-rebuttles becoming a regular thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Snake65 Christine Snake Dizard

    An audience of two is two too many.

  • The Other Weirdo

    That’s THREE awesome meals a day. Or else the woman isn’t down with the Lard, or something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.uncoolmom Cary Whitman

    Wow, I think I went to, and sent my kids to, the wrong schools! How come my public school never taught atheism, humanism, godlessness and anything more than the briefest possible summary of evolution? I want to learn how to be a god-hating pervert! I feel so cheated, all I remember is being forced to include God in the pledge, singing religious Christmas carols and learning about the evils of coffee. Yes, really the evils of coffee, I grew up in Utah and Mormons don’t drink coffee, so they taught all the little school kids a song that went something like this,”C-O-F-F-E-E, coffee is not for me…”, and so on. Come to think of it, maybe my elementary school really was run by satan…

  • Nate Frein

    yeah, I prefer speakers. I do use a headset, but it’s single-sided and only for voice communication when I raid.

    Unfortunately, my preference for single-sided headsets means I pretty much can’t get a gaming headset and be happy.

  • Myrmidon
  • http://www.facebook.com/Snake65 Christine Snake Dizard

    This asshole can shove his bible sideways up his ass and choke on it.

  • Ida

    I can see that pastor isn’t much of a cook. Three meals are what she has to fill day. That doesn’t take more than two hours. Sure one can use all their time for cooking and baking if they want to but why is that more productive that going to school or work? Or hell watching tv? I can do so much more than just cook for my man. And do cook awsome meals from fresh ingredients becouse its fun and I can make others do the dishes. I kind of hate that part

  • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

    My husband and I both use headsets, because our computers are in the same room and we’re not always playing the same game. It’s very confusing to hear cross-chat when one person is playing TF2 and the other is in a WoW raid :P

  • A3Kr0n

    I’ve never heard of BetterOffDamned. That was pretty damned good.

  • http://boldquestions.wordpress.com/ Ubi Dubium

    I got as far as six minutes in and had to stop. The rebuttal was good, but the parts with Pastor Steven were about to make me hurl. And unless Pastor Steven were nearby for me to hurl on, it wasn’t worth it.

  • Sarah

    I get what he was going for, but some of the commentary about the sermon was almost as painful to watch as the sermon itself…

  • HughInAz

    Oh, fucking Christ… not this shitbag again. I’m so sick of him puking his stark raving lunacy all over the news. This is the sub-neanderthal who used to lead his congregation in prayers for the murder of Barack Obama, among many other outbursts of insanity too numerous to mention.

    The sad thing is that Tempe, due to the presence of a state university, is actually one of the relatively saner parts of the Phoenix area.

  • Claude

    How long before this guy is caught with a prostitute in a Motel 6.

  • flyb

    A male prostitute.

  • Claude

    From across the border.

  • Baby_Raptor

    I know that feeling! I’ve seen raids wipe because people were too focused and they assumed that something my roommate said was an order I gave.

  • Kristen

    I didn’t like the last part of the commentary where the guy was like “wtf, women? why do you put up with this?” as if it’s the women’s fault they are oppressed and likely in abusive marriages.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jc.craig1 Jim Craig

    My grandfather never let the priest get away with a thing. He’d leap to his feet, slap his missal against his hand and shout, “Rubbish, young man! Have you even read this thing?”

    He was a full on Catholic but didn’t cut the poor young priest any slack. :)