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Baptist Preacher to Congregation: 'When I go to Bed at Night [I] Pray for Barack Obama to Die and Go to Hell'


Here's one more hate group hiding behind a cross. Via Good as You comes this clip of homophobic Pastor Steven Anderson giving his sermon at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona. Says Anderson: "When I go to bed at night Steven L. Anderson will pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell."


And here is an older video (via pam's house blend) of Anderson being heckled at his church for preaching against Obama, and then telling the heckler to get the hell out, and another of Anderson arguing that he's not a racist and Obama is white.

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  1. Not surprising-
    ignorance + hate-
    it is a powerful tool-
    and very effective when wrapped in the mythology that is religion; the Christian Taliban is alive and well in AZ.
    We will neer learn in this country-as long
    as the Religious Reich have so much influence.

    Posted by: Nick | Aug 25, 2009 12:00:19 PM

  2. a rise in extremism? get out much?

    Posted by: ian | Aug 25, 2009 12:03:49 PM

  3. What makes this even worse these "people of God" have tax-exempt status while preaching hate! Despicable!

    Posted by: Jake | Aug 25, 2009 12:05:03 PM

  4. Karma's a bitch. It'll get back to him for saying that.

    Posted by: Adam | Aug 25, 2009 12:06:53 PM

  5. Don't know who assembled the graphic accompanying this post but that is the Scientology cross, not Christian.

    Posted by: christopher | Aug 25, 2009 12:07:15 PM

  6. This is from his website:

    "Pastor Anderson holds no college degree but has well over 100 chapters of the Bible committed to memory, including almost half of the New Testament."

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 25, 2009 12:11:36 PM

  7. wow... just wow. It sounds like terrorism to me. Such hatred coming from a "man of god". Not good for those people to listen to a deluded hate-filled pedagog. This is how bad things start.......

    Posted by: Androjai | Aug 25, 2009 12:11:48 PM

  8. "boys with small minds really don't impress me in bed."

    Posted by: dan | Aug 25, 2009 12:16:12 PM

  9. This guy is a tragedy waiting to happen, ie. Jim Jones in Gyana, Davidian Cult in Waco, etc.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Aug 25, 2009 12:17:45 PM

  10. If you don't think the Secret Service is keeping track of this douche bag. And as a Christian, I can only shake my head and understand this is why people think we're all loons. It's both disgusting and pathetic that this retard has half the New Testament committed to memory but has learned nothing from the life of Jesus Christ. Wow. My three old can memorize things...he can't understand them but he can memorize. Guess that puts my little boy a step ahead of this piece of crap all dressed up in his preacher clothes. If it'll make anyone feel any better (okay, it will me) I believe that if Jesus were here today, he would find a way to get to this guy's church on Sunday and bitch slap him until he cried for what he is doing in God's name.

    Posted by: Bart | Aug 25, 2009 12:25:54 PM


    He lives in my city. Here's the church's email address if anyone's interested.

    Posted by: Adam | Aug 25, 2009 12:28:21 PM

  12. Typical christian. They are all the same.

    Posted by: jeffg166 | Aug 25, 2009 12:37:35 PM

  13. There is a fine line between free speech and hate speech... and it has been crossed MANY times recently... the people showing up with Obama-made-to-be-Hitler posters, this absolute hate-monger saying he prays for Obama to die and go to hell... ASTONISHING that we actually are allowing this and not prosecuting this. It's incitement to violence as far as I am concerned. Of course the Republicans are not saying anything against it because in their hearts most of them seem to agree with it... otherwise they would speak out. What a sad turn of events for our country. President Bush said he wanted to be a 'uniter' not a 'divider' when he came into office 8 odd years ago, and yet on his watch, the country became so divided, it looks like it will never unite again...

    Posted by: CKNJ | Aug 25, 2009 12:38:23 PM

  14. Something tells me he has a wide stance

    Posted by: CJ | Aug 25, 2009 12:39:57 PM

  15. The graphic's a screenshot from the news report.

    Posted by: andy | Aug 25, 2009 12:46:56 PM

  16. "Something tells me he has a wide stance"

    CJ, You Sure hit the nail on the head!!!

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 25, 2009 12:54:16 PM

  17. Most of these so-called "Christians" don't really know anything of Christianity at all. They are as if someone went out to my Jetta, read my owner's manual, then decided they knew how the thing works, how to drive it, how to fix it, etc. Look at the room in which he preaches. There is no cross, there is no altar, no chalice or bread-plate, nothing in that space that says "sacred". There is no beauty there, no symbolic language, no quotes from theologians and saints, nothing whatsoever to put him or any member of his Baptist club in any kind of place within a vast Christian tradition. It is just him and the Bible, and due to his privileged place as the "preacher", he has all the answers and none of the humility required.

    The vast traditional resources of Christianity can be manipulated to brainwash and lull a population into subservience, but those very resources are so vast that they contain the means whereby one can escape and challenge even the most subtle and elegant manipulation. With only an empty room, a loud voice and no accountability, there is nothing by which a congregant can transcend, can move beyond the preacher and his own prejudices. Though this is the same canonical scripture, it is an entirely different religion from most of Christianity. It is frankly very scary.

    I do not think that the various Catholicisms are free of hateful preachers and prelates, because Holocaust denying Romans and homophobic "Anglicans" are rampant and painfully visible, and are hurting people by their thoughts, words and deeds every day. But Divinity can shine through the beauties and richness of the traditions to challenge the mind and soften the heart and make spiritual adults of those who care enough to pay attention, independent of preaching and interpretation and opinion.

    I hope that this man is exposed for the Anti-Christ that he is, just as Fred Phelps and his ilk have been. Pure evil anti-shines from his face and spews from his mouth. I hope that the government is watching him and his followers (for they have not the freedom of congregants) very closely, there is no difference between him and the Taliban. None at all.

    Posted by: clint | Aug 25, 2009 1:14:32 PM

  18. Well spoken, decent looking, I think he just needs a good lay to get that anger out. I'd like to help him get through this ordeal, but he has to pay for dinner.

    Posted by: Drew | Aug 25, 2009 1:15:32 PM

  19. The saddest part of ALL this - is this Maniacis Preaching such Bigotry,Hateful and Bile while CHILDREN are in his audience......children,some..who could possibly be "LGBT"....or otherwise known as Future suicides..listening to this man!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Aug 25, 2009 1:34:09 PM

  20. not all christians are the same. I'm gay and a christian.. catholic actually.. do I listen to everything the Pope or the priest have to say? not really.. I make my own assumptions and interpret things in my own way.. still a christian though, and in no way even remotely like this doofus.

    Posted by: NorthoftheBorder | Aug 25, 2009 1:46:01 PM

  21. How many times can he threaten the lives of gay people and the president before the FBI gets involved?

    Posted by: KFLO | Aug 25, 2009 2:01:28 PM

  22. NORTHOFTHEBORDER, why would you choose to associate yourself with a religion whose leader calls gay folks "INTRINSICALLY EVIL"? And that's just for starters. You're sick.

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Aug 25, 2009 2:01:29 PM

  23. America is basically the Middle East with more McDonalds and Wal-Marts. It is a nation of loony religious fanatics. To those who have their heads in the sand about our so-called "moderate" country, consider this:

    When the South African government introduced legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, opinion polls showed 75% of the public being against it. Seventy-five percent is no small number. There were protests and rallies. But when the religious right suggested a constitutional amendment to "protect" marriage, It totally backfired on them. The government was able to portray them as dangerous extremists. And opposition to marriage equality suddenly collasped.

    You don't change the constitution over trivial matters just because the Church says so. Americans don't understand that concept because they're, at heart, religious fanatics. They believe in the notion that they can turn the United States into the "Kingdom of Heaven." They have more in common with the likes of Bin Laden and Ahmedinejad than they'd care to admit.

    Posted by: John | Aug 25, 2009 2:08:57 PM

  24. Stay classy, Steven Anderson.

    Posted by: AG | Aug 25, 2009 2:36:54 PM

  25. Speaking of hell ... now that, finally, this homophobic religous fanatic is getting attention, especially in the big web sites like Pam's House Blend and Towleroad, there will be hell to pay.

    What a close case queen!

    Posted by: FunMe | Aug 25, 2009 2:50:45 PM

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