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Maryland Pastor Claims Gay Activists And Allies 'Worthy Of Death': VIDEO


During a town hall debate about Maryland's Question 6, a ballot measure that could legalize marriage equality there, Rev. Robert Anderson said “Those who practice such things [homosexuality] are worthy of death".

He went on, apparently reading from a Bible, “[And] for those who also approve of those who practice these things". According to his logic, not voting against marriage equality is like condoning death-worthy actions. "If we don’t vote against it, then we are approving these things that are worthy of death," he said.

Asked about the meeting, organized by the anti-gay Maryland Marriage Alliance, Anderson stuck to his story, saying the Bible condemns gay people to death so voters should reject something that supports gay people.

"That’s not my words," Anderson told NBC4 Washington. “That’s from Romans Chapter 1 written by the Apostle Paul himself." Gay allies are "worthy of death in that they are promoting the lifestyle and they are promoting what same-sex marriage is all about, and that is what we're standing against".

Sultan Shakir from Marylanders for Marriage Equality told NBC, "We really think that it was very inappropriate for the Maryland Marriage Alliance to hold a panel where they used the words ‘worthy of death’ to describe gay and lesbian couples".

Watch video of Anderson's remarks AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. mitt romney testimony unsealed


    developing, possible perjury under oath to perpetuate fraud and stock manipulation

    Posted by: Moz's | Oct 25, 2012 11:56:06 AM

  2. When you look at Anderson and the other three, you are looking into the faces of the American Taliban. Religious hate inspired by that collection of primitive rantings called the "holy" bible.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 25, 2012 11:57:36 AM

  3. We really think that it was very inappropriate for the Maryland Marriage Alliance to hold a panel where they used the words ‘worthy of death’ to describe gay and lesbian couples ...

    "Inappropriate"? What a mealy-mouthed answer. "Tsk. Tsk. That wasn't nice. Shame on you, you naughty boys." It doesn't matter, I guess, that they support the concept in their actions, as long as they don't use the words.

    Posted by: fritzrth | Oct 25, 2012 12:00:40 PM

  4. I believe that too many preachers, priests, imams, rabbis (whatever) are hypocrites. They preach against marriage equality while they practice adultery or fornication or pedophilia. Their followers are either stupid or emotionally unstable or living in poverty or scared of death.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 25, 2012 12:05:25 PM

  5. Notice what he said: "That’s not my words," Anderson told NBC4 Washington. “That’s from Romans Chapter 1 written by the Apostle Paul himself."

    In other words, as religion tends to do, he's quoting someone who is interpreting the thoughts and ideas of "god" or "jesus" for his own purposes - thoughts and ideas that were handed down for generations as oral history (yes, I said "oral") long before people learned to write - and the people that did know how to write were usually members of the church - again pushing its own agenda with this 3rd, 4th, 5th-hand information. This book of myth was not written by either god or jesus, nor was it even written in jesus' lifetime. If there is a true evil, it's perpetrated by those who use their religion to harm others while hiding and supporting crimes within their own ranks.

    I wonder what the bible would look like if jesus had editorial review before it went to print.

    If a single one of these men truly believed any of their own religious babble, they would be working to clean the filth and corruption from within their church so that the church would be something that people aspire to join, not that people fear and detest and use as a weapon.

    What are these men hiding in their own lives? What crimes are they personally guilty of?

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Oct 25, 2012 12:09:03 PM

  6. Ah yes, the age old "I didn't say it, the Bible does" excuse. Christians are so utterly despicable it's impossible to put into words

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 25, 2012 12:14:14 PM

  7. Even if Paul (who persecuted Christians for much of his life is this man's role model, he didn't say snything about "gay allies " or "married gay couples" (let alone said they should die) in his letter to the Romans.
    What he did describe was seeing a cult in which apprently-straight men and women separated from their partners in order to engage in orgy rituals at cult services thst worshipped birds and reptiles.. And then he went on to say that They also did things that he considred worth of death such as gossiping and disobeying their parents. (Keep in mind that these thoughts were coming from someone who had thought not long before this that Christianity itself was worthy of death).

    These fundamentalists like to take a half sentence from one paragraph of the Bible (no matter who's talking in the paragraph and what he said to lead into it) and then finish it with the end of a sentence a few paragraphs later and make up a while new idea in their own heads and pretend they're speaking divinely-inspired truths.

    Posted by: GregV | Oct 25, 2012 12:25:11 PM

  8. Ok yall... this is a really, really big deal. He basically has gotten in Ugandan territory.

    If it were any group but gays there would be national outrage. If he had said kill the blacks or jews the man wouldnt have a job today.

    This isnt some xian saying the gay is icky and sinful. This is someone saying that gay = needs to die.

    This is unacceptable. This is the kind of stuff some of our orgs need to be on top off instead of awards banquets and trying to get third bathrooms for trans who may or may not even be gay.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Oct 25, 2012 12:26:57 PM

  9. "That's not my words" -said someone barely literate.

    Posted by: doug | Oct 25, 2012 12:33:34 PM

  10. Wasn't too long ago the bible was used to justify slavery too.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Oct 25, 2012 12:38:53 PM

  11. He obviously doesn't know his Bible because Paul never made that claim. Btw, adulterers are also called to be killed...

    The original text however doesn't condemn homosexuality.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 25, 2012 12:40:53 PM

  12. seriously- at least if and when they start the camps they take the log cabin repubs/GOProud folks first so I have some time to get weapons ready.

    If this country goes to crap economically the crazy fundamentalist christians are going to demand a purge of all things that might make "god" be looking on the US with disfavor, nad one is going to be getting rid of all those homosexuals

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Oct 25, 2012 12:52:32 PM

  13. "Apostle" Paul didn't even know Jesus. He's in the bible so any kook can claim to have had a revelation and lead people astray.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Oct 25, 2012 12:55:45 PM

  14. Notice in Romans, that it is God who makes gay people gay, by giving "them up to vile affections." So according to the Bible, gay people don't choose to be gay; they are gay because God made them that way (to punish them for God knows what).

    And it also says women are to be used as sexual objects for men.

    The bible if full of fun stuff.

    Posted by: Ted | Oct 25, 2012 1:13:43 PM

  15. As a Paul, I can say definitely that we're all hypocrites, jerks, and liars.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 25, 2012 2:07:35 PM

  16. Just a few generations ago those two white "pastors" would have been reading from that same primitive book in defense of slavery. Of which the bible clearly approves. They would have been telling the two Black "pastors" that they are Sons of Ham and destined to be enslaved. I wonder if that one Black pastor would find that as funny as he find the death of homosexuals. The four "pastors" are the face of the would be American Taliban. Only eternal vigilance protects us from the evils these religious fanatics would let loose on America, if given the opportunity.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 25, 2012 2:37:00 PM

  17. Your points on the bible supporting slavery are spot on. Wonder what his reaction to that would be? His comments were horrible.

    This Maryland Marriage Alliance has a Facebook page. We should let the Pastor know our views.

    Posted by: LUKE | Oct 25, 2012 3:19:46 PM

  18. each day the Conservative-Right seems to want to make Margaret Atwood's "A Handmaid's Tale" a reality....

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 25, 2012 3:28:26 PM

  19. Regarding Ted's comment above, there's a fair chance the "vile affections" Paul was referring to are known today as STDs - there were pagan ceremonies involving large-scale orgies as fertility rites (e.g., for a good harvest), and they didn't have antibiotics and STD tests. These ceremonies included male temple prostitutes (a popular "calling" for particularly promiscuous bottoms) who would have sex with everyone who showed up. If half the town's men shows up to screw a handful of guys, its pretty obvious as to what will happen medically, particularly given that latex condoms had not yet been invented.

    Of course, Paul knew less about biology than a 5 year old would today, so he attributed a predictable outcome to the "wrath of God" or whatever.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 25, 2012 3:41:55 PM

  20. The FBI should look into this group as a terrorist organization. Any group calling for the death of American citizens is worthy of AT LEAST an investigation.

    Posted by: Tre | Oct 25, 2012 4:48:14 PM

  21. Folks, rehashing what the Bible 'really said' isn't even the point anymore. This statement is part of a growing trend among the Christofascists - an open call for our heads! Hiding behind the 'well it's not me, it's God' dodge... well that hasn't changed.

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Oct 25, 2012 4:58:18 PM

  22. Why is there such a disconnect with these "Christians" and the Bible ? What happened in society that those now claiming to be Christian have no basis in the teachings of the Bible ? Why are these people just so f8cked up now ?

    What happened to "thou shalt not kill" ?

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 25, 2012 11:52:58 PM

  23. Unfortunately, the FBI would have zero interest in spite of Tre's suggestion above - the group did not call for any deaths but rather some loudmouth said we were worthy of death. It's like saying that someone deserves or deserved the death penalty, which is not a threat unless one is suggesting a lynching.

    In the U.S., it is generally considered rude to criticize someone's religion, but I think we have to draw the line somewhere, and when a religious organization goes around saying that people deserve to die, that organization becomes fair game.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 26, 2012 12:06:13 AM

  24. Why do Americans insist on letting religions dictate their laws ? It's crazy. Religions choose to pay NO taxes. They contribute NOTHING to society yet they want to define laws.

    STAND UP to these bullies and demand them to get their noses out of public policies. They have no right to be there - they aren't paying their fair share !

    STOP going to church and giving money to these people. Hit them in their bank balance where it really hurts.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 26, 2012 12:36:25 AM

  25. These mock christian are the ones worthy of death ... these are not my words .. these are the words of Gob, the flying spaghetti Monster

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Oct 26, 2012 1:01:28 AM

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