Steven Anderson: “If You’re A Homosexual, I Hope You Get Brain Cancer”
September 1st, 2009
And those were the kindest words Tempe, Arizona, Baptist preacher Stephen Anderson said to Michelangelo Signorile. Anderson appeared in Signorile’s Sirius OutQ program yesterday and, well, you have to hear this for yourself.
Signorile: You want all gay people to be executed, correct?
Anderson: That is correct. That’s what the Bible teaches.
Signorile: Yeah, so that, you would like to see as the law of the land. So under the American law right now, if somebody were to go out with a machine gun and spray down a crowd of gay and lesbian people, would you think that was okay?
Anderson: No I would not think it’s okay because I believe in due process and I beleive in ….
Signorile: Would that person be a murderer?
Anderson: I would not judge them as a murderer, no. That’s my….
Signorile: Should that person go to jail? Should that person be…
Anderson: … because they should be given a trial by jury. I believe that we should abide by the law of the land. Okay?
Signorile: So wait, that person should not be given the death penalty for killing thirty people? Let’s say he kills thirty people who he believes are homosexual. Should he not be given the death penalty?
Anderson: Well, you know I’m not a lawyer. I don’t know.
Signorile: Oh you have opinions about every… Wait a minute, you have opinions about everything. And now you’re not a lawyer? Come on! You’re a preacher! Tell me what you think!
Anderson: I’m an expert on the Bible, not an expert on the law.
Signorile: What do you think should happen to that man? You have told us what you think should happen to everybody under… what?
Anderson: …should have been tried and executed in the first place. You’re trying to get me to make all these hypotheticals within a paradigm…
Signorile: So wait, that man should not be executed?
Anderson: Okay, how about the woman who went into the courtroom and shot the pedophile that molested her son? The homosexual pedophile…
Signorile: I don’t know anything about it.
Anderson: She brought a gun into the court room and killed him. It was a really famous case, I think it was ten years back.
Signorile: And she should go to jail for murder. Yes, she’s a murderer. She is a murderer and she should go to jail. So, do you believe that if somebody goes out and shoots a whole crowd of gay and lesbian people, that person should not be executed?
Anderson: I do not believe that they should received the death penalty, no. But I do believe that they’re a criminal, because…
Signorile: Okay, how long should they go away for?
Anderson: … our laws as far as giving people a trial and due process.
Signorile: How long should they go away for for that? A couple of months, what should they do?
Anderson: That’s not for me to decide. I’m not running this country. I’m a preacher. I’m telling you what the Bible says.
At 6:30 in the video:
Anderson: You know why homosexuals go to church, it’s because they probably can get some action with the children. That’s probably why they even go to church.
Signorile: Oh, that’s why they go to church. Why, have you seen a lot of this?
Anderson: I believe that’s why they go to church. Oh yeah, I’ve seen homosexuals infiltrate church and molest kids in Sunday School. You see that in Phoenix almost every day.
Signorile: You know, I’m gay..I’m gay, and I don’t molest any children. What do you think…
Anderson: Well, I’d say you’re lying.
Signorile: Yeah, you think i must be molesting children, right?
Anderson: Exactly, right.
Signorile: Do you pray that I’ll died tonight?
Anderson: If you’re a homosexual, I hope you get brain cancer like Ted Kennedy. [Click]
And with those words, the good pastor hung up. Michelangelo explained in his blog why it was important to have Anderson on his show:
I had Anderson on the show… because I believe we can’t afford to ignore these violence-inciting individuals, not in this time in which Republicans are whipping them into a frenzy. One of the men who brought an assault weapon to President Obama’s speech in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago attends Anderson’s church. Better to expose them and let the world hear them.
And by the way, has anyone noticed the deafening silence from fellow pastors?