The Paris attack on Friday (November 13) continues to leave most of the world in shock and horror, but if you’re Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, it’s something that you should have seen coming.
In a sermon shortly after the attack detailing the “sinful nation of France,” Anderson made his case that the Paris attack victims were kind of asking for it.
They were attending an Eagles of Death Metal concert.
“When you go to a concert of death metal, somebody might get killed!” Anderson exclaimed, not realizing that the Eagles of Death Metal isn’t a death metal band at all. In fact, as Dead State points out, they are really about “feel-good, bluesy boogie-rock.”
Unfortunately, Anderson was not done making light of the Paris attack victims. Quoting from an article on the Eagles of Death Metal band, he had this to say.
“His religion is to worship the devil!… There’s something about when you go to a concert of death metal, somebody might get killed! You love worshipping Satan, well, let’s have some of Satan’s religion come in and shoot you! That’s what these people should think about before they go to such a wicked concert! Nobody should be worshipping Satan with this drug-pushing, hillbilly f*ggot.”
As Anderson’s sermon continued, he launched into the wickedness of France, pointing out that more than 50 percent of the country is perfectly fine with adultery.
He also wondered why Christians were supposed to “stand with France” or pray for them when they “abort about 500 babies every day.”
Anyone familiar with the sermons of Steven Anderson shouldn’t be terribly surprised. This isn’t the first time that he has made controversial remarks from a pulpit.
In an Inquisitr article from May, Anderson tore into gays, seemingly condoning the idea of killing them in order to get rid of AIDS.
Pointing to Leviticus 20:13, Anderson jokingly shared the Bible’s “cure” for AIDS.
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. And that, my friend, is the cure for AIDS.”
Here’s the full sermon — almost an hour in length — if you want to get Anderson’s full comments in context. Most of the worst invective starts around the 5-minute mark.
Who knows if Anderson really believes that the Paris attack victims were asking for it? There’s a chance he says what he says simply to get the social media attention.
He’s certainly been getting a lot of it.
Since the video above was posted on November 15, it has amassed 132,858 views, nabbing 479 thumbs-ups and 4,197 thumbs-downs, not to mention close to 3,000 comments.
With numbers like that, as you can imagine, the reaction has been pretty brutal.
Some have called Anderson’s congregation a “sh***y little church,” while claiming that it’s pastors like him that have brought about the fall of Christianity.
Others — Christians — denounced his comments, claiming that he had made bold assertions based on ignorance of the band and the Paris attack victims.
Even more took issue with the part of the video where Anderson seems to imply that even if you’re just in the “wrong place at the wrong time,” you reap what you sow becoming the victim of a terrorist attack.
Of course, Anderson may have felt he was covered in his comments because at one point in the video, he does say “not that I condone what the terrorists did.”
To prove the pastor is no fan of terrorists or Islam, which he equates, check out this video.
Do you think Anderson blaming the Paris attack victims is reprehensible? Sound off in the comments section.
[Image via YouTube screen grab linked above]