A controversial Christian pastor blames victims of the Paris massacre because they were attending a rock concert by the band Eagles of Death Metal when terrorists attacked the Bataclan theater.
In a fiery sermon titled “The Sinful Nation of France,” Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church reacted to the horrific terror attacks in Paris by denouncing France as a “sinful nation” and blaming victims at the Bataclan theater because they were there to attend a “death metal” concert.
Anderson condemned the concert-goers for paying to see a “drug-pushing hillbilly f*ggot,” declaring:
When you go to a concert of death metal, somebody might get killed! You know, you’re worshiping death, and then, all of a sudden, people start dying!… Well, you love death so much, you bought the ticket, you love worshiping Satan! Well, let’s have some of Satan’s religion come in and shoot you!
I mean, that’s what these people should think about before they go into such a wicked concert…
Note: In reality, the Eagles of Death Metal don’t actually play death metal. The band name is ironic, and the American hipsters actually play “feel-good, bluesy boogie-rock.”
About the supposed “sinful nature of France” Anderson said:
Did you know France is the only nation in the world where more than 50% of the world thinks adultery is fine?
All of us over here in Tempe Arizona, on the other side of the world from this massacre, we’re supposed to be mourning today about these 120-something people who died in France, but we’re not supposed to give a rip about the 500 babies France aborted today.
Pastor Anderson’s rant is obnoxious, but not surprising. The pastor has a documented track record of preaching a hateful Christian fundamentalism. Previously the Arizona pastor has called for the public execution of gays and lesbians, and more recently prayed for the death of Caitlyn Jenner.
Those with a morbid curiosity and a strong stomach can watch the absurd sermon below. Relevant remarks begin at the 5:40 mark.
(H/T Friendly Atheist)