US Baptist preacher says kill gays, Obama

This video is about Chris Hedges: American Fascists – The Christian Right and the War on America.

When attention is paid to the gay-hating racist pastor of Westboro Baptist Church in the USA, Fred Phelps, sometimes it is said that Phelps is supposedly a loner, supposedly not representative for the religious Right in the USA.

While, au contraire, it seems that the “Reverend” Fred Phelps is really the tip of the US religious Right iceberg.

From Pam’s House Blend blog in the USA:

Arizona pastor’s sermons call for execution of gays, Barney Frank and the President

by: Pam Spaulding

Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 10:23:19 AM EDT

Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona is a bible-quoting hellfire and damnation sort of guy. He calls for the execution of gays in numerous sermons …

“The same God who instituted the death penalty for murders is the same god who instituted the death penalty for rapists and for homosexuals, sodomites and queers” …

Among other sin-filled people Anderson calls to be executed is the POTUS, for his stand on reproductive freedom.

“God Hates Barack Obama, I hate Barack Obama. I hate Him. God wants me to Hate Barack Obama.” “Someone who commits murder should get the death penalty.”

Do you think he would be investigated by the Secret Service during Bush’s terms in office? Did he think Bush deserved the death penalty for executing all those Iraqi citizens in his unnecessary military action? Just asking.

A bit of Googling reveals that the “Reverend” Anderson is a bigwig in the extreme Right so-called “tea parties”, and attacks African American civil rights leaders.

Gun-toting Arizona protester belongs to hate-mongering pastor [Anderson]’s flock: here.

Pastor of Gun-Toting Town Hall Protester Prayed for Obama’s Death: here.

Islamophobia among Florida fundamentalist Christians: here.

Christian Fundamentalists Show Islamophobia and Intolerance for Religious Freedom in Opposition to Muslim Day of Prayer: here.

CNN gives ‘Tea Party Express’ free publicity, free room to lie about their anti-Obama origins: here.

Foo Fighters show up in costume, counter-protest Westboro Baptist Church with a pro-gay song: here.

Nine-Year-Old Josef Miles Stages Counter-Protest Against Westboro Baptist Church Protesters: here.

Girl, 5, Collects Hundreds Of Dollars For Peace Selling Lemonade Outside Westboro Baptist Church: here.

34 thoughts on “US Baptist preacher says kill gays, Obama

  1. Good post! A lot of people I’ve spoken with have still never heard of this church and it’s activities.
    Besides the obvious negativity that this group spreads, the saddest thing is the kids that are involved in this church. They may never get to actually choose their own spiritual path. They’ve been totally brainwashed by this twisted 2 dimensional version of Christianity.

    I wrote something up about the church as well and threw up a couple videos of them and a picture of a toddler holding a sign that says “you will eat you babies”


  2. Hi Doodie, thanks for your comment and link. There are many similarities between the “Reverend” Fred Phelps and the “independent Baptist” “Reverend” Steven Anderson. See also here. Not to mention the wider Rightist “Christian reconstructionist” scene …


  3. Posted by: “Richard Frager” falseflagusa

    Mon Nov 2, 2009 2:40 am (PST)

    Your electronic vote in the 2010 election has just been bought –The
    ES&S purchase of Diebold’s voting machine operation is merely the tip
    of a toxic iceberg… By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman / The Rag
    Blog / September 24, 2009

    Unless U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder intervenes, your electronic
    vote in 2010 will probably be owned by the Republican-connected ES&S
    Corporation. With 80% ownership of America’s electronic voting
    machines, ES&S could have the power to shape America’s future with a
    few proprietary keystrokes. ES&S has just purchased the voting machine
    division of the Ohio-based Diebold, whose role in fixing the 2004
    presidential election for George W. Bush is infamous. Critics of the
    merger hope Holder will rescind the purchase on anti-trust grounds.

    But only a transparent system totally based on hand-counted paper
    ballots, with universal automatic voter registration, can get us even
    remotely close to a reliable vote count in the future. For even if
    Holder does void this purchase, ES&S and Diebold in tandem will still
    control four of every five votes cast on touchscreen machines. As the
    U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to open the floodgates on corporate
    campaign spending, the only difference could be that those who would
    buy our elections will have to write two checks instead of one.

    And in fact, it’s even worse than that. ES&S, Diebold and a tiny
    handful of sibling Republican voting equipment and computing companies
    control not only the touchscreen machines, but also the electronic
    tabulators that count millions of scantron ballots, AND the electronic
    polling books that decide who gets to vote and who doesn’t.

    Let’s do a quick review: ES&S, Diebold and other companies tied to
    election hardware and software are owned and operated by a handful of
    very wealthy conservatives, or right-to-life ideologues, with long-
    standing direct ties to the Republican Party;

    As votes will be increasingly cast on optiscans, touchscreens or
    computer voting machines in the United States in 2010, the scant few
    so-called paper trail mechanisms that are in place will offer little
    security against electronic vote theft; The source code on all U.S.
    touchscreen machines now used for the casting and counting of ballots
    is proprietary, meaning the companies that own and operate the
    machines — including ES&S — are not required to share with the
    public the details of how those machines actually work;

    Although there are official mechanisms for monitoring and recounts,
    none carry any real weight in the face of the public’s inability to
    gain control or even access to this electronic source code, whose
    proprietary standing has been upheld by the courts;

    With the newly merged ES&S/Diebold now apparently controlling 80% of
    the national vote through hardware and software, this GOP-connected
    corporation will have the power to alter virtually every election in
    the U.S. with a few keystrokes. Unless there is a massive, successful
    grassroots campaign between now and 2012, the same will hold true for
    the next US presidential election;

    Aside from its control of touchscreen machines, the merged Diebold/
    ES&S also controls a significant percent of the electronic optiscan
    tabulators to count cards on which voters use pencils to fill in
    circles, indicating their vote. Accounts of fraud, rigging, theft and
    abuse of these optiscan systems are well-documented and innumerable.
    Any corporation that prints these ballots and runs the machines
    designated to count them can control yet another major piece of the US
    vote count;

    The merged ES&S/Diebold now also controls the electronic voter
    registration systems in many counties and states. With that control
    comes the ability to remove registered voters without significant
    public accountability. In the 2004 election, nearly 25% of all the
    registered voters in the Democratic-rich city of Cleveland were
    purged, including 10,000 voters erased “accidentally” by a Diebold
    electronic pollbook system. So in addition to controlling the vote
    counts on touchscreen and optiscan voting machines, the merged Diebold/
    ES&S and sympathetic hardware and software companies that service
    computerized voting equipment will control who actually gets to cast a
    vote in the first place.

    Lest we forget: in 2000, long before this ES&S/Diebold purchase was
    proposed, Choicepoint, a GOP-controlled data management firm, hired by
    Florida’s Republican Secretary of State Katherine Harris, removed up
    to 150,000 Florida citizens from voter rolls on the pretense that they
    were ex-felons. The vast majority of them were not.

    Computer software “disappeared” 16,000 votes from Al Gore’s column at
    a critical moment on election night, allowing George W. Bush’s first
    cousin John Ellis, a Fox News analyst, to proclaim him the winner. The
    election was officially decided by less than 700 votes and a 5-4
    Supreme Court vote preventing a full recount. An independent audit
    later showed Gore was the rightful winner.

    In 2004, more than 300,000 Ohio citizens were removed from voter rolls
    by GOP-controlled county election boards (more than one million have
    been removed since). Various dirty tricks prevented still tens of
    thousands more Ohioans from voting. The vote count was marred by a
    wide range of official manipulations coordinated by then-Ohio
    Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell.

    Diebold was a major player in the 2004 Ohio elections, but was joined
    by numerous other computer voting firms and their technicians in
    “recounting the vote” which confirmed the Bush “victory,” despite exit
    poll results and other evidence to the contrary. In defiance of a
    federal court order, 56 of 88 Ohio counties destroyed some or all of
    their ballots or election records. No one has been prosecuted. In
    short, the ES&S purchase of Diebold’s voting machine operation is
    merely the tip of a toxic iceberg. Voiding the merger will do nothing
    to solve the REAL problem, which is an electronic-based system of
    voter registration and ballot counting that is potentially controlled
    by private corporations and contractors whose agenda is to make large
    profits and protect the system that guarantees them.

    Although elections based on universal automatic registration and hand-
    counted paper ballots are not foolproof, they constitute a start.
    Stealing an election by stuffing paper ballot boxes at the “retail”
    level is far more difficult than stealing votes at the “wholesale”
    level with an electronic flip of a switch.

    As it’s done in numerous other countries throughout the world, the
    only realistic means by which the U.S. can establish a democratic
    system of ballot casting and counting is to do it the old-fashioned
    way. With human-scale checks and balances we might even be secure in
    the knowledge that our elections and vote counts will truly reflect
    the will of the people. What a concept!

    [Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman have co-authored four books on
    election protection, available at at, where this article
    also appears, and where Bob’s Fitrakis Files are also available.
    Harvey Wasserman’s History of the U.S. is at]


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