The Sickness

Anyone who has any kind of idea about our country’s history with violence against our leaders should be frightened. I don’t care if you are conservative or progressive, Republican or Democrat, right wing/left wing… you should be concerned by the words of this ignorant and uneducated pastor in Phoenix.

Steven Anderson, who preaches from the pulpit at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona has a dangerous sickness. It’s what I call an abundance of religion. Everybody knows someone with the sickness. They’re the ones who want to ban Harry Potter books from the public library because they think it promotes witchcraft. They’re the ones who want Intelligent Design to be taught side-by-side with evolution as if they should be treated equally. They’re the ones who kill abortion doctors and who go to science museums and tell their students the information contained there is all wrong.

I have no use for these people and will actively avoid them at all costs. You can’t talk to them like rational human beings because they aren’t rational. They are to be shunned, ridiculed and ignored.

Pastor Anderson is one such person. One of his more recent sermons is, in my opinion, almost enough to get him arrested for inciting a mob to do violence to the President of the United States.

Here’s a bit of what Anderson said:

Tonight, I want to preach this sermon. And you have probably never heard a sermon like this before. Actually, you probably have if you have been coming to church here for a while. But you know what? Here is my sermon, why I hate Barack Obama. That’s my sermon tonight, because Barack Obama is coming to town tomorrow morning.

And I’m going to tell you something. I hate Barack Obama. You say, well, you just mean you don’t like what he stands for. No, I hate the person. Oh, you mean you just don’t like his policies. No, I hate him.

I’m not gonna pray for his good. I’m going to pray that he dies and goes to hell. When I go to bed tonight, that’s what I’m going to pray. And you say, ‘Are you just saying that?’ No. When I go to bed tonight, Steven L. Anderson is going to pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell.

Lovely.

According to his website bio he has “… no college degree but has well over 100 chapters of the Bible committeed to memory, including almost half of the New Testatment.” Bully for you Pastor. Now can you tell me what any of it means or is memorization your only trick?

Pastor Anderson is sick. His church is sick. It’s Doctrinal Statement is typical religious garbage that has no basis in reality. His “church” is the poster child for why I’m not a man of religious or spirtual sensibilties.

This man has no formal education and I’d wager he’s quite proud of his ignorance. A freshman at, say, Notre Dame has more religious training and education than he does. I’m certainly not going to say he can’t have these personal thoughts or opinions, but he comes very close to promoting violence against the President of the United States, which is, incidently, illegal.

Still, his congregation eats up this guy’s stupid rantings. They continue to go and listen to him celebrate violence against others who are different or have a different point of view. Why do people go week after week and listen to a man promote hatred against gays or television or the President? I don’t have an answer. I wish they wouldn’t. I wish they would just say no more and stay home. I will not be surprised if sometime in the future he crosses the line and gets a one-way ticket to pound-me-in-the-ass prison.

By the way, his sermon has already earned him a visit by the Secret Service.