[Updated] Gay-Bashing, Anti-Semitic U.S. Pastor Dupes Rabbis Into Appearing in Film
I hate to start of my 2015 page postings with a negative story, but I think this pastor needs a light shined on him. The antisemitic canards he’s promoting are classic and dangerous.
In my opinion it’s very unwise to dismiss the religious bigotry of the far right as being “fringe” because, as we’ve seen over the past few years, things that were once considered extreme and unacceptable have moved to the mainstream, as evidenced in a page posted by Randall earlier today.
Arizona-based news outlets report that Steven Anderson, who heads the Faith Temple Baptist Church in Tempe, is working on a film titled “Marching to Zion.”
The promotional video for the film says its goal is “to prove that the Jews are no longer God’s chosen people in the New Testament but that we as believers, we as Christians, are God’s chosen people [and] that the modern-day nation of Israel over in the Middle East is a complete fraud.”
Anderson’s church is among the “most hardcore anti-LGBT hate groups,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which says the pastor recently said the U.S. could have an AIDS-free Christmas if all gays are killed, as the Bible demands. He has also previously prayed for President Barack Obama’s death. […]
“These days, Anderson is all about bashing the Jews on YouTube where he posts hate-filled sermons with such snappy titles as ‘The Jews and Their Lies,’ ‘Jews Are Anti-Christs,’ ‘Christ-Rejecting Jews Are Children of the Devil,’ ‘The Jews Are Our Enemies,’ and the ever-popular, ‘The Jews Killed Jesus,’” writes Stephen Lemons of the New Times. […]
The SPLC’s Hatewatch blog also posted a story on this which included the video below of the pastor bragging about how he tricked the rabbis. If you go to YouTube, do not look at the comments—they’re beyond vile.