Christian Pastor: Mecca is a ‘Giant Black GameCube’

Pastor Steven Anderson was “giving the Gospel” to a group of Muslims. And in telling his congregation that story, he manages to work in a reference to Mecca as a “giant black GameCube” (1:48):

The Muslims weren’t “saved,” Anderson says later, but he hoped a seed was planted.

That’s optimism for you…

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  • LizzyJessie

    “Can both both the Bible and the Quran both be true? And they said ‘No.’ ”

    Lets change up this line with two book series that I’ve enjoyed.

    “Can both both the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter both be true? And they said ‘No.’ “

    • baal

      All 4 books share the same degree of ‘truth’ but vary in terms of readability.

  • Holytape

    It is a well known fact that the Muslim equivalent of the Mennonites, the Shiainites, have shunned all of the modern first person shooters and physics enabled graphics cards, and pine for a simpler life. They worship an Atari 2600. Oh, 8-bit Allah, save us from the slowly descending rows of sins of different colors and lead us out of the maze of sin by leaving little dots for us to eat, and possible a cherry or two.

    • Oranje

      There’s an ET joke in here somewhere, but I can’t come up with it.

      • 3lemenope

        Falling into the pit that ET can’t crawl out of, that’s a metaphor for unbelievers not being able to reach Allah with their reason alone or something.

        • Oranje

          Thanks for the assist. The allergy meds are making braining hard today. *high five*

          • 3lemenope

            Oh yes, allergy medication is brain kryptonite. I spent much of my youth in a Benadryl haze, because the alternative was to be a drippy swollen mess.

  • Art_Vandelay

    As he goes into his analogy with the stolen bike and the benefactor paying the fine (an obvious reference to substitutional atonement), he really just nails how morally bankrupt Christianity really is and he doesn’t even fucking see it. Those naive Muslim teenagers that just want the crazy Jack Shephard-looking zealot to let them play basketball actually made Islam appear infinitely more attractive than Christianity.

  • Shaun

    Please please please stop posting about this whack job! As someone who lives in the town next to Tempe, where his church is located, it’s quite embarrassing. If he had a large following, I could understand wanting to out his ridiculousness, but his church has about 20 members. He is the fringe of the fringe. Stop giving this guy free publicity!

    • trj

      I doubt he benefits from the kind of publicity he gets here.

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      Online, it appears to be quite a few more followers (and I’m not talking about Hemant.)

    • baal

      Hemant has a pathology about this pastor. We’d do an intervention if only it were possible to find atheist leaders in person*.

      *Being satan powered means they can *bamfph* away whenever you get close.

    • closetatheist

      at first I felt the same way, but now I rather like the posts. Its rather amusing. I picture him as the dad in the movie “Honey we shrunk ourselves.” There’s a part where the dad tries to shout instructions at the children even though he’s an inch tall and the kids just ignore him and go about their own business….

  • Oranje

    Well, as someone who has a hard time with the concept of blasphemy, I’d take it as a relative compliment to be compared to a GameCube. That’s a pretty sweet system.

  • Terry Firma

    I have no problem with this man mocking the Ka’aba, or literally anything else about Islam. Religions deserve to be made fun of.

    No doubt he’d have a shit fit if someone dared mock his, though.

    • Droopy

      It’s not that he’s mocking the Kaaba, it’s that he is so ignorant that he can’t tell the difference between the Kaaba and the city of Mecca.

      • Droopy

        Never mind. Watched the video and he’s not *that* stupid about it.

    • Ubi Dubium

      Like if we pointed out the way he gives such reverence to lower-case “t”. Or his cosmic jewish zombie on a stick.

    • Andi GreyScale

      I agree. But lets be real; hoping to convert someone by mocking their religion is beyond stupid and unlikely to work.

  • Paula M Smolik

    You have to believe my book, not yours. Considering these people have been indoctrinated and brainwashed as hard as right-wing kooks (it took me 30 years), that’s not a very good argument. And WHY, OH WHY doesn’t he take that stupid picture down? It looks like a cheap, cheesy mass-produced scene from a Florida furniture store.

    • Tainda

      That’s because it IS a cheap, cheesy mass-produced scene from a Florida furniture store :)

  • Tim

    Like idiots arguing over which is real: unicorns or dragons. They can’t both be real now. One is real and the other is a fantasy!

    • islandbrewer

      Dragons would totally kick a unicorn’s ass.

      • C.L. Honeycutt

        Unicorns can cast Dimension Door, do double damage when charging, and, being both intelligent and Good, know how to call upon a party of adventurers to aid them when the forest is threatened.

        Plus, they’re most likely to go up against green dragons in a temperate forest setting, and, while noted for their cruelty, green dragons are hardly the most dangerous thing out there.

      • closetatheist

        Team Unicorn here. That baby could headbutt the shit out of a dragon before the dragon even got close to it.

        • Sids

          How does one headbutt a thing before getting close to it?

          • closetatheist

            The unicorn’s horn would spear the dragon while the opponent’s bodies were still 4 or 5 feet apart….it would be like someone using a whittling knife to fight an opponent with a 5 foot spear.

      • Rev. Achron Timeless

        Pft. We all know only a pegasus can defeat a dragon. But only after it beats up her friends.

    • Tim

      You guys are awesome.

  • Moribund Cadaver

    I’m not seeing the comparison.

    Mecca doesn’t have a handle.

    • Artor

      Where do the controllers plug in? Can it play Skyrim?

      • BigKahunaBurger

        It’s a Gamecube. It doesn’t play Skyrim.

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      It also lacks Resident Evil 4. Why even BOTHER with Mecca if you can’t pretend to knife cultists infected with a monster virus who are speaking Spanish so slurred that it sounds as if they’re shouting things like, “The root beer sauce will kill us all!”

      • allein

        Root beer sauce sounds like something that would be good over ice cream…

      • RobMcCune

        On the upside Mecca does play Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem.

        • C.L. Honeycutt

          *thinks about that game a while*

          …I’ll be in my bunk.

        • wmdkitty


  • SansDeus

    Awesome. I loved Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader.
    If Mecca is anything like it, I’m there!

  • Bdole

    Everyone knows it’s actually a giant Lemarchand’s box.

  • Georgina

    and the muslims let him live … see it is a religion of peace *cough*

  • Lori F

    He’s hoping they will convert. Doesn’t converting Away from Islam usually end badly, like with honor killings?

    • Sids

      But if the total population decreases without changing the number of Christians, then the percentage of people who are Christians goes up. I guess he can count that as a win…

  • cryofly

    What did NIntendo do to this dude? By the way, my Gamecube was purple, until I got a Wii. Wee little brain is something this guy would benefit from. But now, I think we ought to ignore this dude, for he is just another barking baptist. At least Westboro goes places to buy some bad name.

  • more compost

    I was soul-winning, you know, I said, you know? I said, you know? You know, I said, you know?

  • Mark W.

    Couldn’t even listen to 30 secs of the grating little man’s voice before I clicked off, so I’ll have to take your word about the game cube comment.

  • wmdkitty

    Nuh-uh. It’s a puzzle-box. And we all know what happens when you mess with puzzle-boxes…

    • axelbeingcivil


  • Robster

    “Mecca” was also a number one song for Gene Pitney in 1963. ‘Twas a cool pop song about love between a besotted muslim and an infidel.

  • Brian

    @ 5:20 “you need to think for yourself.”

    Oh, the irony.