Claiming “God commands it,” controversial Arizona Pastor Steven Anderson calls for the mass extermination of all LGBT people, promising an “AIDS free Christmas” as a result.
Anderson, pastor of the Faithful Word Baptist Church, based in Tempe, Arizona, gave a controversial and offensive sermon last Sunday, arguing that God commands good Christians to kill the gays, and that the mass execution of LGBT people is a “cure” for AIDS.
In the sermon, captured on video, Anderson tells his parishioners:
Turn to Leviticus 20:13, because I actually discovered the cure for AIDS.
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. And that, my friend, is the cure for AIDS.
It was right there in the Bible all along — and they’re out spending billions of dollars in research and testing. It’s curable — right there. Because if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant.
Anderson also railed at the notion that LGBT people could also be Christians. Stomping his feet and shouting, Anderson told his parishioners that all gays are pedophiles and an abomination.
There will never be any gays in his church, not ever, ever, ever.
No homos will ever be allowed in this church as long as I am pastor here. Never!
Say ‘You’re crazy.’ No, you’re crazy if you think that there’s something wrong with my ‘no homo’ policy.
And Anderson is not the only Christian leader calling for the death of gays and lesbians. It is a message that is frequently heard in small, and not so small, fundamentalist congregations across the country, and around the world.
Recently a megachurch pastor made headlines after telling his huge congregation that “gays must be put to death” because God commands it.
Claiming that being gay is a choice like drug abuse, the senior pastor for a megachurch in Tennessee, Brainerd Baptist Church Senior Pastor Robby Gallaty, told his large congregation that Christians should never stop discriminating against homosexuals, claiming that gays could choose to be straight if they only accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Gallaty explained why gays should be put to death:
God said that the sins of the people had infected the very land in which they live. So what happens to people who engage in this activity, this sexual immoral activity? Go to Leviticus 20, God gives us the punishment for engaging in these sins… ‘If a man sleeps with a man as with a woman, they have both committed a detestable thing. They must be put to death. And their blood is on their own hands.’
Pastor Gallaty, like Pastor Anderson, and many other Christians, use the Bible and their Christian faith to justify their hatred for gays and lesbians. Such people are dangerous individuals. Their perverse religious superstitions allow them to advocate for death and discrimination against those they do not like and do not understand.