As the dust settles on yet another mass shooting in the United States — the largest in American History — the usual voices on the right-wing meander around, trying to figure out how they can spin it for political capital.
But at least one pastor isn’t interested in that: Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church, who cheered on the tragedy in Orlando.
“50 less pedophiles in this world” [sic]
The religious right is full of people who hate gays. For instance, there’s Scott Lively, who’s arguably a sentient hemorrhoid. Lively exported a particular brand of Conservative Christianity to Uganda that really isn’t any different from what Mateen did today. Lively, lest we forget, was also one of the major players behind Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill.
Ted Cruz, who was actually running for president, was supported by Pastor Ken Swanson. Swanson was a supporter of Lively’s “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda and the list of crimes he’s advocated for against gay people is a mile long and growing. He’s also the batshit pastor that accused Frozen of turning little girls into lesbians.
Geoff Botkin, in November of last year at a GOP conference, called Christians who support gay people (and, presumably, gay people themselves) a greater threat to America than Islamic terrorism or progressivism.
Anderson, then, is just one voice among many. But he’s the only one who spoke up today, and boy did he speak up.
In a video uploaded to YouTube, Anderson addresses the mass shootings in Orlando with all the glee and excitement you’d expect from a man who once called for the execution of all gays in America by Christmas. And he tosses that in with a heavy dose of that persecution complex that we’ve all come to know and love.
“The good news is that there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and pedophiles,” he began, adding, “That’s who was a victim here, are a bunch of, just, disgusting homosexuals at a gay bar, okay?”
Having kicked things off to a spectacular start, Anderson continued his rambling tirade:
But the bad news is that this is now gonna be used, I’m sure, to push for gun control, where, you know, law-abiding normal Americans are not gonna be allowed to have guns for self-defense.
Why? Why is this always the first place they go? It’s like their thinking is one long string of heuristic malfunctions coupled with a train of cognitive biases.
Nobody wants for “law-abiding normal Americans” to have their guns taken away from them. That slope is very slippery, and every time we have a mass shooting, they go tumbling down it. It’s not like the First Amendment isn’t regulated or anything, so clearly sensible regulations for the Second Amendment are tantamount to a New World Order.
Mateen was able to keep his permit despite having abused his wife. He was able to keep it despite winding up on an FBI watch list. President Obama noted not even two weeks ago that his administration was unable to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists, and the right-wing noted with satisfaction it was a good thing he couldn’t.
This might have been stopped if Mateen wasn’t able to come by automatic weaponry. Or maybe he would’ve killed us all with a Ford F-150, I can’t know because I’m not prescient.
Anyway, back to Anderson:
And then I’m sure it’s also gonna be used to push an agenda against so-called “hate speech.” So Bible-believing Christian preachers who preach what the Bible actually says about homosexuality — that it’s vile, that it’s disgusting, that they’re reprobates — you know, we’re gonna be blamed. Like, “It’s all extremism! It’s not just the Muslims, it’s the Christians!” I’m sure that that’s coming. I’m sure that people are gonna start attacking, you know, Bible-believing Christians now, because of what this guy did.
Nothing quite like a good persecution complex in the wake of a mass shooting: “It’s all about meeeee!”
Now let me just be real clear: I’ve never advocated for violence. I don’t believe in, you know, taking the law into our own hands. I would never go in and shoot up a gay bar — so-called. I don’t believe it’s right for us to just be a vigilante… But I will say this: The Bible says that homosexuals should be put to death, in Leviticus 20:13. Obviously, it’s not right for somebody to just, you know, shoot up the place, because that’s not going through the proper channels. But these people all should have been killed, anyway, but they should have been killed through the proper channels, as in they should have been executed by a righteous government that would have tried them, convicted them, and saw them executed. Because, in Leviticus 20:13, God’s perfect law, he put the death penalty on murder, and he also put the death penalty on homosexuality. That’s what the Bible says, plain and simple.
So, you know, the good news is that at least 50 of these pedophiles are not gonna be harming children anymore. The bad news is that a lot of the homos in the bar are still alive, so they’re gonna continue to molest children and recruit people into their filthy homosexual lifestyle…
… I’m not sad about it, I’m not gonna cry about it. Because these… 50 people in a gay bar that got shot up, they were gonna die of AIDS, and syphilis, and whatever else. They were all gonna die early, anyway, because homosexuals have a 20-year shorter life-span than normal people, anyway…
He’s never advocated for it, oh no, he’s just following orders.
That didn’t work for the Nazis and it won’t work for you, Pastor Anderson. Congratulations on agreeing with Daesh, I always knew you could do it. Now if the rest of the religious right were as honest as you are.
Watch the video below:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUOBFjRGvPI&w=650&h=315]
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