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04/19/2007


'Death of President's' Day is Here for Some

John Avlon, in The Daily Beast, takes a look at how President's Day is a great excuse for hate pastors like Orange County's Wiley Drake and Arizona's Steven L. Anderson to pray for the death of Obama.

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Anderson’s gospel of hate is careful to hit the culture war trifecta: God, Gays, and Guns. Gays, he has said, should be executed—(“The same God who instituted the death penalty for murders is the same god who instituted the death penalty for rapists and for homosexuals, sodomites, and queers!”). And as for guns, well, they’ve been as common as Bibles in his church some Sundays. In fact, Chris Broughton, the man who brought an AR15 assault rifle as a protest outside an August ’09 Obama event in Arizona, attended the “Why I Hate Obama” sermon just the Sunday before. Broughton has called it “the best church in the world.”

When Anderson was interviewed by the local Phoenix Fox affiliate about his imprecatory prayers, he denied he was calling for violence. “If you want to know how I’d like to see Obama die, I’d like him to die of natural causes,” said Anderson. “I don’t want him to be a martyr, we don’t need another holiday. I’d like to see him die, like Ted Kennedy, of brain cancer.”

What’s the point of wading through all this hate? Because there is a cost to mixing politics with religion and confusing partisanship with patriotism. Presidents’ Day is a time when we are supposed to view politics with a sense of perspective. But lately, the idea of a loyal opposition to the president has been degraded, from Bush Derangement Syndrome to Obama Derangement Syndrome—demonization of our president for partisan gain leads some deranged people to pray for his death.

Of course, we've featured Anderson's sick brand of hate in these pages before:

Previously...
Pastor Steve Anderson Wishes Death by Brain Cancer on Obama, Gays, and Michelangelo Signorile [tr]
Obama-Hating Pastor: Every Homosexual is a Deviant, Evil Predator [tr]
Baptist Preacher to Congregation: 'When I Go To Bed at Night [I] Pray for Barack Obama to Die and Go to Hell' [tr]


CNN Talks to Michelangelo Signorile About Pastor Steven Anderson

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Over the weekend, CNN's Don Lemon talked to Michelangelo Signorile about his interview with hate-spewing pastor Steven Anderson. Anderson wished death by brain cancer to Obama, gays, and Signorile. Lemon asked Signorile why he bothered to interview such an extremist, and why Anderson would agree to do an interview with a gay man.

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Pastor Steve Anderson Wishes Death by Brain Cancer on Obama, Gays, and Michelangelo Signorile

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Michelangelo Signorile hosted Obama-hating pastor Steven Anderson on his show yesterday. Anderson also gave an interview to MyFox 10 Phoenix.

Signorile and Anderson discussed the definition of murder. Writes Signorile: "Anderson actually told me that, though he wouldn't encourage it, he would not condemn any person who killed President Obama or call that person a murderer. He does not believe that the man who allegedly killed Dr. George Tiller, the Kansas doctor who performed late-term abortions, a murderer. And he said he would not call someone who shot a group of gays and lesbians with a machine gun a murderer."

Finally, Signorile's interview with Anderson ended with the pastor wishing brain cancer on him. Anderson hoped the same for Obama in his interview with FOX.

Watch both, AFTER THE JUMP...

Listen to Signorile's full interview on his blog.

Previously...
Obama-Hating Pastor: Every Homosexual is a Deviant, Evil Predator [tr]
Baptist Preacher to Congregation: 'When I Go To Bed at Night [I] Pray for Barack Obama to Die and Go to Hell' [tr]

Continue reading "Pastor Steve Anderson Wishes Death by Brain Cancer on Obama, Gays, and Michelangelo Signorile" »


Obama-Hating Pastor: Every Homosexual is a Deviant, Evil Predator

On his radio show, Alan Colmes hosted Pastor Steven Anderson, who recently gave a sermon at Faithful Word Baptist Church in which he said, "When I go to bed at night Steven L. Anderson will pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell."

Anderson Colmes asked the pastor about his views on gays, in particular a ranting sermon in which he attacks Congressman Barney Frank, confusing him with the late Congressman Gerry Studds.

Says Anderson: "I believe that every homosexual in the world is a deviant, is evil, and is a predator that is out to recruit others through molestation, through rape. It's in the news...I would keep my kids away from them. They're deviants. They're not normal. I am saying that [Barney Frank]'s perverted, and he's sick, and I would put him in the category of other homosexuals. Do I think that homosexuality should be against the law? Well, it's against God's law."

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Anderson then goes on to quote Leviticus. He was challenged by a caller later in the show, according to the Phoenix New Times: "It really got rockin' towards the end when a gay fella called up and asked the pastor about the part in Leviticus that says you can kill your children if they "curse" you. Anderson had to admit this was true, and he seemed to sign on to this bit of dark, religious insanity as well. Ditto on the whole stoning adulterers thing, BTW. Though he thinks the government should do the stoning. You know, like they used to in Afghanistan n'stuff."

In related news, an armed protestor at a Phoenix Obama town hall event has been confirmed to be a parishioner of Anderson's. How long before one of these violence worshipers picks up his gun and uses it?

Listen to Anderson's interview and an interview with the gun-toting Baptist, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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'

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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."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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