Creep of the Week: Steven Anderson

If there’s one thing we know about crazy, it’s that crazy never quits. It also gets a lot of attention. No one embodies that better than Mesa, Ariz. pastor Steven Anderson.

In case you missed it, Anderson, the pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church, recently declared that all homosexuals should be put to death and that homos rape children to recruit them.

Well, Alan Colmes, formerly Sean Hannity’s punching bag on “Hannity and Colmes,” recently interviewed Anderson. And Anderson was adamant that he meant every word and then some.

When Colmes asked if every gay person was a predator, Anderson replied, “Well, if you disagree with that, that’s fine. But every gay person in the Bible was a predator, from Genesis to Revelation.”

Woah. Every gay person in the Bible? The Bible is “Tales of the City” all of a sudden?

When Colmes presses for more, he said, “That’s what I believe, yes. And every gay person that I’ve ever known personally has been a predator.”

Oh, and in case you weren’t sure what Anderson means by predator, he’s more than happy to elaborate. “A predator as in someone who tries to molest other people, tries to force people into things that they don’t want to do,” he said. “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.”

Duh. Obviously predators are gay rapists. I guess I should re-watch that Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, because I don’t remember that part at all.

Previous to this interview, Anderson ranted about U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, basically saying he was the secret leader of the country trying to make everyone gay. He has since apologized. Kind of. But he still insists that Frank is “perverted and that he’s sick and that I would put him in the category with the rest of homosexuals.” Keeping in mind, of course, that Anderson believes all homosexuals, without exception, are rapist recruiters.

When Colmes points out the ridiculous nature of Anderson’s claim and tries to stand up for homos a bit, Anderson fired back, “You seem to think that there’s some difference between what we read about in the Bible and what’s going on today.”

To quote an old Sunday-school song, “I hate homos, this I know. For the Bible tells me so … ”

But don’t worry: Anderson has enough hate to go around. He thinks adulterers (who, obviously, would be straight people, since there’s no such thing as same-sex marriage in Anderson’s worldview) should be stoned to death. Not that he wants the job. “I didn’t say I was going to do it, but that’s what the government should be doing,” he said.

Not that he likes the government. President Obama “deserves to die because he’s a murderer” (of babies, of course). Anderson actively prays for Obama’s death. But not every night or anything. “I’m not that negative of a person,” he said.

D’Anne Witkowski is a freelance writer and poet. She teaches writing at the University of Michigan.

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