Christian Pastor: No One Names Their Kid Barack… ‘Except Crack Whores’

We already know Pastor Steven Anderson has gone from religious-based anti-women hate-rhetoric to just plain spiteful racist bigotry. Last week, he called Mecca a “Giant Black GameCube” and now, in a sermon mentioning the biblical character Barak, he went on a rant against the President:

I mean, think about it!… I think if Barak woulda had the guts to do what he was supposed to do, he probably wouldn’t have an idiot like Obama named after him

Barak is not a cool guy. That’s why no one names their kid Barak. Except crack whores. Or whatever, you know. That’s the only person who names their kid Barak, that I’ve ever known.

Incidentally, the President’s name is derived from the Swahili word meaning “blessed,” not from the biblical Barak.

But, you know, facts. Why would Anderson need those?

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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.

  • MylesofStyles

    You mad? LOFUCKINGL.

  • God’s Starship

    A sweet little Christian lady named the president Barack. Gotta love the way Christian fanatics turn on their own.

  • Mitch

    Right, cool story bro. First thing: nice work throwing the misogynistic language in there. Being punished by having women rule over you, what a tragedy!

    Second: if he’s going to quote his holy book, get it right. He is probably looking for Isaiah 3:12. Verse 21 only says “the signet rings and the nose rings.”

    Third: did Anderson admit to knowing crack whores?

  • Cyrus Palmer

    Bigoted asshole.

  • God’s Starship

    Third: Yes. That does seem to be the case.
    Someday this guy is going to get caught in possession of meth or something.

  • allein

    that I’ve ever known

    And I’m sure he knows lots of Baraks, too.

  • randomfactor

    He’ll have gotten it from his gay lover.

  • Smiles

    …and now your on a watch-list. Now, we wait for him to play the persecution-card.

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  • Edmond

    For hire.

  • essie

    What an unfortunate statement. “By their fruit he shall know them” (pardon the expression). I took the words from his “holy book” to condemn him. I listen to a little bit of his hateful rant, and I tell you, I am so glad I rejected that nonsense. It shows why the churches are loosing so many of their members to Atheism. People are wising up to the fables and fairytale. That’s why I am sure their is no “god.” No decent “god” would have someone like this speaking on their behalf. Even the evil thing they call “god.” His evil and hateful words reveal why cHristians are some of the evilest people I have ever met. Jimmy Swagret used to behave that way, and we know how he ended up. This one will end up on the garbage heap just like his predecessor, a jimmy. People who behave that way generally are hiding real hard core stuff. Which includes hardcore porngraphy, cheating on their wife or woman, loving little boys, love sy sex, I could go in and on. we are watching you. I am an Atheist. Don’t care about your imaginary friend. You need to have your head examined. Mark my word.

  • Christian Kemp

    Did he just call the Presidents mother a crack whore……wow

  • A3Kr0n

    I’d like to know more about the people who encourage this man by giving him money.

  • Christian Sneddon

    And then go to gay therapy.

  • Matthew Haller

    Thanks Hemant for reporting cases of how Christians should *not* be. Steven Anderson should check out this article to get a better idea of what *he* is as a result of spewing out this hate speech.

  • DougI

    Your tax money at work.

  • Jordan

    I’m pretty sure she was a secular agnostic. Pres. Obama converted to Christianity as an adult.

  • Astreja

    Here’s a Wiki article on his mum. It sounds like she was an amazing woman.

    Way to go, Pastor — Slandering the dead is soooo classy. Would that we could launch a class-action suit against you on the late Ms. Dunham’s behalf, and reduce your “ministry” to a soggy cardboard fridge carton under a noisy bridge.

  • Rich Rodgers

    Same thing I was thinking. As if this guy knows a bunch of people named Barak. It’s just silly on the face of it.

  • Muddy Mudskipper

    I think we’d all like to see evidence of this crack whore that he supposedly knows.

    All signs point to this guy being a massive meth addict. The rambling, the repetition, the way he sort of loses his place and then brings it back with a flippant “you know?” or “whatever”, the anger, etc etc….

  • Croquet_Player

    What an unbearable jerk.

  • Leiningen’s Ants

    People like him…

    well~, time to go watch THE CRAZIES again.

  • mikespeir

    As an atheist, I really appreciate people like this. Very confirmative–and entertaining.

  • Brian

    Most Christians believe the original Bible actually was written in English, so this shouldnt come as a surprise.

  • Bitter Lizard

    Did you seriously just now start paying attention to the American right? I envy you.

  • Bitter Lizard

    If the right-wingers of the United States had the sole mission of making me defensive of Barack Obama, despite every inclination I have to be disappointed and disgusted with him, and they carried out this mission with expert precision, it would mostly involve doing everything exactly how they have done it for the past five years.

  • Rain

    Why isn’t he in the kitchen cooking my dinner. Pastors should know their place, lol.

  • Layla13

    Pastor Steven Anderson – because every circus needs a clown.

  • Christian Kemp

    I wish, but still this one threw me a bit. I still expect a little common decency from people.

  • Kathleen

    Is the this the same pastor that has a wife that believes women should never have gotten the vote, and now that they HAVE shouldn’t actually vote? I ask only for context, because I sometimes read this blog and want to hit my head repeatedly on the wall for an hour or so and knowing the pastor says things like this really would cut back on that – clearly, she’s been brainwashed.

  • Holytape

    I know you mean well, but that article re-enforces the idea that church, and Christianity in general is anti-women. Don’t you see the problem? When Christian need to illustrate bad behavior, they almost always go for a whore analogy. The woman is always bad. Anything less that a virgin is bad. The man is always good. So while Anderson’s mysgony is much more open, he and the author, (and yes I know it is a woman) share the same poison seed.

  • Holytape

    He isn’t a circus clown thou. He’s more of a “We-all-float-down-here” kind of clown.

  • guest

    What a plonker.

  • Tainda

    Hemant, I do believe the guy is just throwing shit out there now just to get your attention.

    President Obama’s mom was an amazingly strong woman and this asshole has the nerve to call her a crack whore?! Lucky I wasn’t around when he said that!

  • Tainda


    They always say “his worshiping mass of idiots” I don’t worship him, far from it because he’s disappointed the hell out of me on numerous occasions, but I have to be defensive because they go WAY overboard and it’s disgusting.

  • Tainda

    *smack* Go make me a chicken pot pie!

  • Bitter Lizard

    They really have no principles aside from “hate brown president”. They called their own health care plan a socialist Nazi nightmare just because Obama adapted it. They’re actually turning against war now, which was their main thing, just because Obama wants one. Obama should go really hardcore fundamentalist Jesus freak, and the Republicans will turn into a bunch of atheists overnight.

  • RobMcCune

    Actually they make it remarkably easy, racists, xenophobes, and conspiracy theorists all need to be put in their place, regardless of who’s being defended.

  • Bitter Lizard

    Yeah, I’ve stopped doing that.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    Poor wittle misogynistic angrums.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    Shared before, but hey:

  • Tainda

    You may have just stumbled upon one of the greatest ideas in history! I wish I had a direct line to Obama and he actually listened to me lol

  • Sisi Ville

    Steve Anderson’s “church’ is in some third rate, half abandoned strip mall. It looks like someone’s dank basement. His wife, and her blog “are they all yours” shows what a dirty and disgusting home they raise their children in. Children who are “homeschooled” and not allowed a single friend or contact in the outside world. I guess it is easier to abuse your children if they have no contacts in the outside world. Why this b.s. is allowed in this country in this day and age is beyond me.

  • Daniel Miles

    I have to admit, I’m getting less and less value from hearing about this guy. Maybe we can just accept that there are jerks in the world and move on?

  • Josh

    I admit to not being a fan of the President for his policies. However, attacking the man’s mother is beyond low. It’s dispicable. The sad thing, Ms Dunham was probably more intelligent than this pastor’s entire congregation combined.

  • Cogito Ergo Sum

    Hemant, I am a fan of your blog and your talks, as well as what you’ve done for the atheist community. That said, I’m just a little curious as to why we keep seeing this nut receive space here. It’s your blog and you are entitled to post what you find interesting — I get that. But aside from Anderson’s sensational idiocy, at which we can all point and laugh, I’m not sure what purpose this serves. I realize one could argue that once a person embraces evidence-less beliefs, nuttery along these lines is sure to follow but, in truth, we know there’s a spectrum. This man is obviously toward the far end of the spectrum — an outlier.

    My point is that it would seem to be a disservice to your readers to portray the majority of religious folks as resembling this mindless windbag. I know you didn’t explicitly say he is akin to most Christians but giving him space without a disclaimer to that end could be taken that way. I’d compare him to a Palin or Bachman — they are hilarious to listen to, but pretty irrelevant to the political landscape. And I’m sure many will agree, the media would do us all a service if they allowed them to fade into obscurity, where they truly belong.

  • Octoberfurst

    I totally agree. I find myself defending Obama from all my crazy right-wing coworkers and neighbors even though I find Obama to be a HUGE disappointment. I ony do so because they make such outrageous claims about him–He’s a Marxist”, “He’s a jihadist”,”He was born in Kenya”, blahh, blahh, blahh. It’s total lunacy. So I call them on their BS and we end up arguing. But no matter what I say they stick to their beliefs. They think he is pure evil. So now everyone thinks I am this hard-core Obama supporter. Nope. I just don’t tolerate bullshit very well.

  • Matt D

    It’s clear attending his church gets you an earful of gossip, slander, and flailing gestures better suited to Robby the Robot, but why anyone would see this power mad dictator as a window into truth, is a mystery to me.

  • Matthew Haller

    Thanks for your reply, gives me something to think about.

  • Hemant Mehta

    I’m fascinated by the crazy man in the sky. And while his church is tiny, his beliefs aren’t as fringe-y as you might think. It’s the way the rhetoric is so over-the-top that amazes me. Who are these people who attend the church…?! .

  • jump_master82

    And we wonder why people are fleeing the Christian religion, Duh

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