‘Fire-Breathing’ Pastors Gather in California to Push Seething LGBT Hatred and Duggar ‘Family Values’

‘Fire-Breathing’ Pastors Gather in California to Push Seething LGBT Hatred and Duggar ‘Family Values’ July 23, 2016

Vyckieby Vyckie Garrison originally posted on Raw Story

The “Red Hot Preaching” conference scheduled for this coming weekend in Sacramento will feature four of the most repugnant King-James-Only pastors who have more than just their relentless hatred of gays in common … they’re all Quiverfull. These preachers of patriarchy are Truly True Believers™ who embrace Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar-style “family values” … Christian homeschooling mega-families who reject all forms of birth control and are devoted to raising up a “quiver full” of children to serve as “arrows” in God’s holy war.

Pastor Roger Jimenez, who celebrated the Orlando massacre, saying, “Christians shouldn’t be mourning the deaths of 50 sodomites,” will be hosting a four-day conference of “soul-winning” and “hard preaching” at his church, Verity Baptist, in Sacramento beginning Thursday evening.

Jimenez will be joined by three fellow “fire-breathing” preachers: Steven Anderson, pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, who has advocated for the death penalty for gays and adulterers, Donnie Romero, pastor of Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, who prayed for the injured survivors of the Pulse nightclub attack to die and who threatened violence against LGBT people, and David Berzins, pastor of yet another Independent Fundamental Baptist church, Word of Truth, in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

When Jimenez and company are not busy condemning “sodomites” and “faggots,” they’re likely to be preaching about a woman’s duty to stay at home, dress modestly, submit to her husband, have lots of babies, homeschool, and always be sexually available when hubby’s in the mood.

For those who might speculate about the connection between hyper-masculine Patriarchs and their rabid hatred of homosexuality, Pastor Anderson’s wife, Zsuzsanna, who recently gave birth to the couple’s ninth child, and blogger at “All They All Yours?” has this rebuttal:

[Thinking that everyone who hates homosexuals is a closet homosexual himself] basically boils down to saying that everyone either loves the homos, or is a homo (secretly or openly). By that same argument, I could say that everyone either loves our church, or goes to our church. Those who write to us saying they hate us and our church secretly love our church,and wish they could attend.

Of course, such logic (or lack thereof) is just not true in any area of life.

Also, why do these people who think being a homo is perfectly normal and acceptable always resort to calling someone a homosexual as their favorite insult?

Conjecture about their secret sexual “sins” is not the only backlash these Quiverfull leaders are receiving. In a recent YouTube video, Anderson scoffs at the “foolish harassment” by “pathetic losers,” which includes shutting down the church’s ability to collect online donations, a flood of negative press, and protests which prompted Harsch Investment company to refuse to renew the lease on the property where Jimenez’s church holds its meetings in Sacramento.

“People are trying to silence this kind of preaching. They don’t want hard preaching to continue. … I’ll tell you this much, the Bible said, ‘as it was in the days of Lot, so shall it also be in the days of the Coming of Man, so before the Second Coming of Christ’ … it’s going to be like Sodom and Gomorrah and we see that happening. We see the United States becoming more like Sodom and Gomorrah every day,” says Anderson.

The LGBT community in Sacramento is countering the zealous hatred of the Verity Baptist conference with a “#KissAwayHate” protest rally at the capitol, and there’s also a petition asking the South African Minister of Home Affairs to deny entry to Steven Anderson, who is planning a “soul-winning marathon” in an upcoming mission trip to Johannesburg.

But these four fundamentalist fanatics remain undaunted … in fact, they appear to be energized by the well-deserved criticism which, in their tiny little minds, constitutes anti-Christian persecution.

“I like fighting the good fight. Bring it on! is what I say,” Anderson rants, “And they will never stop me. The only way to stop me is to kill me. And if they kill me, I’ll just be even more popular, I’ll be a martyr at that point. And if they throw me in prison, my preaching will be ten times as popular as it is right now. I don’t care. Do whatever you have to do, Sodomites. Do your worst. I will not stop!”

According to Anderson’s wife, Zsuzsanna, Christian hatred of gays is “biblical”:

The Bible says there is “a time to love and a time to hate.” Hundreds of passages talk about hatred that God has for certain things and people, and we are admonished to hate them that hate the Lord: “Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?” (Psalm 139:21)

It is impossible to love one thing, without hating another thing that would harm it. Hate is a natural, normal, healthy human emotion as much as love is. Every person in this world hates something or someone. These same people who condemn us for hating perverted predators sure have hatred for us. Which makes them not only hateful (that’s okay), but also hypocritical (that’s not okay).

“Hate is a natural, normal, healthy human emotion as much as love is.”

D’fuk, Zsuzsanna? Sure the Bible says that, but … isn’t that a super good reason to ditch the Book? Plenty of us former Quiverfull wives have done it and the only regrets we have is not getting out years ago! Your kids are still young … flee the confines of fundamentalism now before they grow up to hate you and your God for sacrificing their childhood on the altar of fanaticism.

Vyckie Garrison was once a minor celebrity in the Quiverfull Movement, made famous by TV’s Duggar family. As a devout, Bible-believing Christian and the mother of seven homeschooled children, Garrison spent 16 years, with her husband, publishing a newspaper for families on a similar path. Today, via a website called No Longer Quivering, she publishes resources for women leaving the movement.

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  • KarenH

    Dear Zsuzsanna: Calling your husband a closeted gay is only an insult to gays.

  • Evelyn

    Dear “Pastor” Anderson: You are not being “persecuted” because Jesus. You are being “persecuted” because asshole. Happy to clear that up for you.

  • RetroPam

    Amen. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Quakers were persecuted because Jesus. And they were persecuted by the likes of Steven Anderson.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Dear Zsu: There are two reasons we suspect anti-gay ranters of being closeted gays. The first is their repeated claim that homosexuality is a choice. Straight people usually acknowledge when cornered that they never chose heterosexuality; it was delivered to them unasked. An ostensibly-straight man who continues to tout the “choice” line leads to suspicions that he believes it because of his own choice to live in the closet.

    The other reason is that fervent anti-gay clerics are very often caught out in some kind of sex scandal with male prostitutes. Not always, but often enough that it’s a pattern, just like men over-concerned with female purity are revealed to be sexual predators.

  • Astrin Ymris

    I followed the link– I see that Zsu is already using her oldest daughter as an unpaid child care provider. Miriam is just 9 years old.

    According to Zsu, Miriam “loves” doing this. I doubt Miriam dares say anything to the contrary.

  • John Wayne Eastwoo

    That is a very good point. I don’t know any straight people that choose to be straight.

  • Plain English

    Fanatical Christianity knows all the ways to harm children from the womb onward. Steve and Zsuz are abusers for God. The Bible is the abuser’s template: Hey, Steve shouts, don’t blame ME! It’s God! Beat those kids for Christ’s sake!

  • Anonyme

    Just like Michelle Duggar claimed/claims that the older girls love being “teacher” to the littles, thus feeling no guilt about foisting homeschool duty on children.

  • Abigail Smith

    These sick people who think they’re being persecuted for righteousness are delusional.
    They wouldn’t have “approved” of Jesus Himself in His day, as He spent His time with “sinners”

  • Antoinette Herrera

    At the tender age of nine, girls should be playing, reading, making friends…not acting as surrogate mothers to their younger siblings. There’s a fine line between responsibility and drudgery. Zsuzsanna Anderson seems quite happy to delegate maternal duties to a child who is nowhere near ready to be a mother AT ALL.

    As for Steven, well: he may not be a closet case, but a lot of the “persecution” hyperbole does make me wonder if he’s trying to overcompensate…

  • Karen the rock whisperer

    It’s a foaming, frothing cauldron of hatred they’re churning. And people feed on it enthusiastically. They enjoy it. The fact that they can extract passages from a holy book to justify it in their minds is simply an excuse to hate. But it’s difficult to actually go out and kill LGBT people and get away with it. It’s difficult to go out and stone uppity women and get away with it. Yet all that hate has to be resolved somehow. So it turns in on the most vulnerable members of the in-group. The women will go away from this conference with even lower self-esteem. The men will feel urged on to even higher pinnacles of hyper-masculinity. The children of the attendees will find even more perfect behavior demanded of them, backed by ‘rods of discipline’. But the people at the top? They’ll feel really, really good.

  • Astrin Ymris

    And the people at the top make very good money off of selling hatred.

  • Nightshade

    And Jesus surely wouldn’t approve of them!

  • B.A.

    I have a friend who says they wouldn’t know Jesus if He jumped up and kissed them on the cheek!