Blame God For The Fires: Arizona Pastor Steven Anderson claims the catastrophic wildfires in Australia are being caused by God because Australia has been “banning and deporting preachers of the Gospel.”
Pastor Anderson, the founder of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, gave God all the credit for the devastating fires destroying Australia earlier this week via Facebook.
On his church’s Facebook page Anderson declares:
Maybe if Australia weren’t banning and deporting preachers of the Gospel, they wouldn’t be under the judgment of God
Australia officially banned Pastor Anderson from entering the country last July, and for good reason. The man is a deplorable human being and a promoter of Christian hate. Known as the “death to gays” pastor, Anderson frequently calls for the execution of LGBT people.
For those unfamiliar with Pastor Anderson, he is an obnoxious Christian extremist with a history of preaching a hateful and extreme Christian fundamentalism. Previously the Arizona pastor has called for the public execution of gays and lesbians, and prayed for the death of Caitlyn Jenner.
Anderson, the founder of Arizona’s Faithful Word Baptist Church, an “Independent Fundamental Baptist” church that uses only the King James version of the Bible, leads a hyper-conservative, virulently anti-gay congregation, and has previously called on the government to establish a Biblically mandated death penalty for LGBT people.In the past the controversial pastor has used the Bible to explain why women should not have the right to vote, the right to work outside the home, or the right to seek a divorce.
In addition, Anderson has defended the institution of slavery “because the Bible’s always right.”
In short, Pastor Anderson is a dangerous Christian extremist who takes the Bible literally, even when doing so leads to morally reprehensible positions, such as defending the death penalty for gays.
In addition to being banned by Australia last July, Botswana arrested and deported Anderson in 2016 for hate speech; in 2018 Anderson was banned from Jamaica and was ejected from South Africa, and last year the “good Christian man” was banned from the Netherlands.
Bottom line: Arizona Pastor Steven Anderson claims the catastrophic wildfires in Australia are being caused by God because Australia has been “banning and deporting preachers of the Gospel.”