Steven L. Anderson
“I hate Barack Obama. You say, well, you just mean you don’t like what he stands for. No, I hate the person. Oh, you mean you just don’t like his policies. No, I hate him… I am not going to pray for his good. I am going to pray that he dies and goes to hell.”
Here endeth the lesson at the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona. That’s where Pastor Steven L. Anderson fired off a straight to the point sermon on Sunday, August 16, titled “Why I Hate Barack Obama.” He even offered parishioners a view into his own private Obama prayer: “Break his teeth, oh God, in his mouth, as a snail which melteth, let him pass away, like an untimely birth of a woman—that he thinks—he calls it a woman's right to choose, you know, he thinks it's so wonderful, he ought to be aborted. It ought to be, 'Abort Obama,' that ought to be the motto."
Anderson is obscure and deservedly so, but his outbursts capture the ugly tone of incitement. (One of his parishioners brought an AR-15 rifle to a protest outside an Obama rally in Arizona after hearing Anderson’s sermon.) And when Anderson yells that “Obama is overturning the U.S. Constitution… He is the revolutionary and it’s a socialist/communist revolution. We are the counter-revolutionaries saying no, we don’t want a change.” He is echoing the cries of talk-show hosts and Tea Party protesters in the Year of the Wingnut. It’s a sobering reminder that if a lunatic is shouting from the same hymnal in your amen corner, maybe it’s time to question the company you keep.