Pastor Prays for President Obama’s Death on Eve of His Visit to Arizona

steve.htmlPastor Steven Anderson has used his position at Faithful World Baptist Church, in Tempe, Arizona to bring just a little more hate into the world. Pastor Anderson is praying for the death of President Obama and an eternity in hell.

“Nope. I’m not gonna pray for his good. I’m going to pray that he dies and goes to hell. When I go to bed tonight, that’s what I’m going to pray. And you say, ‘Are you just saying that?’ No. When I go to bed tonight, Steven L. Anderson is going to pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell.”

This is of course not the first death-dealing prayers to be spoken by preachers in the United States, including such prayers for the death of President Obama, judges, or others.

Of course, hate appears to come naturally to the good reverend in Arizona.

“… And yet you’re going to tell me that I’m supposed to pray for the socialist devil, murderer, infanticide, who wants to see young children and he wants to see babies killed through abortion and partial-birth abortion and all these different things — you’re gonna tell me I’m supposed to pray for God to give him a good lunch tomorrow while he’s in Phoenix, Arizona.”

Many have called for his arrest, which would be to combine an abusive use of the law with an abuse of the church.

18 U.S.C. 871 states:

(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

However, praying for the death of an individual is a long-accepted part of Christianity and other faiths. An “imprecatory prayer” is usually a reference to Psalm 35 where David calls upon the Lord to kill his enemies. There are a variety of imprecatory psalms containing curses or prayers for the punishment and death for one’s enemies. Psalms 7, 35, 55, 58, 59, 69, 79, 109, 137 and 139.

Such an arrest would be a deprivation of the free of speech and the free exercise of religion, in my view.

This does not mean that this not a matter of legitimate concern or investigation. It is being reported that the Christopher Broughton, the man who recently carried an AR-15 to the speech of President Obama on that trip to Arizona, is a follower of Rev. Anderson.

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85 thoughts on “Pastor Prays for President Obama’s Death on Eve of His Visit to Arizona”

  1. Slarti wrote:
    This seems to me to be a semantic issue due to using the same term to denote people who profess that Jesus Christ is their savior (or just claim to be christian)and people who live their lives in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ as they understand him. And while it is possible the pastor Anderson is so twisted that he truly believes that Jesus would endorse his hatemongering, I think it is more likely that the trappings of Christianity are just a convenient disguise to allow him to spread his hateful ideas.

    Exactly!

  2. “Some people have a way with the English language. Some people have not way.” – Steve Martin

  3. GWLSM said:
    i can’t remember who said this but it was in response to some english-only legislation proposal. it was a christian tv pastor: If english was good enough for jesus christ it’s good enough for you.

    Sigh.

  4. slarti writes: And while it is possible that pastor Anderson is so twisted that he truly believes that Jesus would endorse his hatemongering, I think that it’s more likely that the trappings of Christianity are just a convenient disguise to allow him to spread his hateful ideas.

    i can’t remember who said this but it was in response to some english-only legislation proposal. it was a christian tv pastor: If english was good enough for jesus christ it’s good enough for you.
    i really did hear this.

  5. This seems to me to be a semantic issue due to using the same term to denote people who profess that Jesus Christ is their savior (or just claim to be christian) and people who live their lives in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ as they understand him. And while it is possible that pastor Anderson is so twisted that he truly believes that Jesus would endorse his hatemongering, I think that it’s more likely that the trappings of Christianity are just a convenient disguise to allow him to spread his hateful ideas.

  6. Mike A writes: It is really unnecessary to get into a debate about who is or is not a “real” Christian. The bottom line is that Pastor Anderson graduated high school, memorized some verses in King James and was transformed into a “religious” leader. That is apparently sufficient education for certain fundamentalists. Frankly, I demand more preparation than that from my florist.

    since I’ve been one of the main players in this conversation, let me respond thusly: I could care less who calls themselves what. seriously. there are times when people become wildly offensive while wearing any number of religious and secular costumes. religion is meant to guide its adherents toward becoming better people, at least that’s how I read their various handbooks. i dont know if this anderson guy went to pastor school or not. he has a pulpit and his congregants choose to put their asses in his church every sunday. either he reflects their choices and ideas or he doesn’t. clearly he is christian enough for his congregants and for his own internal compass even if we don’t care for the direction it points.

  7. It is really unnecessary to get into a debate about who is or is not a “real” Christian. The bottom line is that Pastor Anderson graduated high school, memorized some verses in King James and was transformed into a “religious” leader. That is apparently sufficient education for certain fundamentalists. Frankly, I demand more preparation than that from my florist.

  8. AY writes: True Catholicism is closer to the practices of Judaism, with the exception that the messiah already came and will return.
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    not in any universe I live in. there are scores of major differences beyond the divinity of christ and the second coming stuff.
    transubstantiation springs to mind. so does intercessionary prayer. confession. sin. heaven and hell. mary. ok so the pope wears a beanie that resembles a yarmulke…

  9. GWLawSchoolMom,

    I agree with what you have stated in the conversion process and it was (or is my understanding) that it was the immersion of oneself into the faith, where one could then become a “Jesusite” (Christian). Christ literally means anointed, so who anointed this person, they call Jesus. That is the dividing issue. True Catholicism is closer to the practices of Judaism, with the exception that the messiah already came and will return.
    ______

    “there are some fascinating combinations of older religions and catholicism, like that day of the dead stuff practiced in mexico and elements of santeria practiced in the carribean and africa.”
    *******************
    Not all Catholics pay homage to Rome. The Santeria certainly do not. I cannot find the book that I have which show the Catholics which do not subscribe alliance to Rome. I think it has more to do with “Who Holds the Money than religiosity anymore.

  10. AY writes: That is why the pagans were easy to convert.

    once Paul made it unnecessary for pagans to first become jews it was really easy. initially, pagans had to become jews, males had to get circumcised and all had to keep laws such as kashruth. paul decided that they could skip all that and go right to belief in jesus.
    once you believe in one god it isn’t that hard to believe in others.
    there are some fascinating combinations of older religions and catholicism, like that day of the dead stuff practiced in mexico and elements of santeria practiced in the carribean and africa.

  11. earthdreams writes: In the Christian Bible, the sinner is loved as much by God as is the sage. However, the sinner first has to acknowledge that s/he has sinned, and then begin the process of repentance. It is through the process of repentance that enables one to see not only the sin but its roots, and so begin to understand how much harm sin causes in the world. One who refuses to see their own sin, refuses the grace that God is giving them. “You shall know them by their works,” Jesus said. A “Christian” preacher who uses hate speech and wishes for the destruction of another human being, reveals that his works are works of hate, which belie his delusional state — that he is a Christian. Yes, indeed, he may shout from the highest hilltops that he is a Christian and is “saved” merely because he claims to have faith in Jesus. That’s such a shallow understanding of what faith is. Just because he claims he is a Christian does not make him so. I’m afraid it is not that simple.

    gee, thanks for the lesson.
    but you miss the point. it is too easy for christians to say that so-and-so can’t be a real christian because they say and do stuff that is embarrassing to you. what makes this pastor a christian is not that he says he is one, although that is good enough for me and apparently for him but that he believes that jesus died on the cross for his sins and then rose from the dead and that humans are saved by grace and all their sins are forgiven. faith, not works, is the guidepost for protestant beliefs. catholics add works to this.
    this guy is not catholic.
    so while you may not want to sit next to this guy in church or attend services in his house of worship, you also do not get to decide that he can’t be a real christian.
    real christians, like real jews and real muslims and real hindus do and say all kinds of terrible stuff. if you are looking for perfection in others you will be disappointed and guilty of sin yourself.

  12. Mespo,

    And anyone who as has read the Old Testament would invariably conclude that he is, indeed, very Christian.
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    That is easy for a civilized person to state, however I would say that in the old books found in the bible, they would not even acknowledge any other faith but what was in front of them. That is why the pagans were easy to convert. Plurality of Deities.

  13. Earthdreams:

    “Additionally, any half-way rational person who has ever read the New Testament would clearly know that Mr. Anderson is not a Christian, just by the hateful words he speaks.”

    **************

    And anyone who as has read the Old Testament would invariably conclude that he is, indeed, very Christian.

  14. GWLawSchoolMom,
    In the Christian Bible, the sinner is loved as much by God as is the sage. However, the sinner first has to acknowledge that s/he has sinned, and then begin the process of repentance. It is through the process of repentance that enables one to see not only the sin but its roots, and so begin to understand how much harm sin causes in the world. One who refuses to see their own sin, refuses the grace that God is giving them. “You shall know them by their works,” Jesus said. A “Christian” preacher who uses hate speech and wishes for the destruction of another human being, reveals that his works are works of hate, which belie his delusional state — that he is a Christian. Yes, indeed, he may shout from the highest hilltops that he is a Christian and is “saved” merely because he claims to have faith in Jesus. That’s such a shallow understanding of what faith is. Just because he claims he is a Christian does not make him so. I’m afraid it is not that simple.

  15. earthdreams writes: Additionally, any
    half-way rational person who has ever read the New Testament would clearly know that Mr. Anderson is not a Christian, just by the hateful words he speaks. I could say I’m the Queen of England; however many times I say it — it does not make me the Queen of England. Likewise, just because Mr. Anderson says he’s a Christian and has the Word of God in him, doesn’t make it true, no matter how many times he says it.

    of course he is christian. you can’t deny him his faith because other things he believes are embarrassing to you. faith, as they say, is the true shibboleth. if he, and I believe he does, believe that jesus christ is his savior and he is saved by grace it does not also mean that he can’t be a hater.
    christians love the sinner, do they not?
    they love the imperfect.
    this man is exactly as christian as he says he is, claims to be.
    your analogy is flawed for no amount of faith can make you queen of england and by faith alone christians are judged.

  16. Her Royal Majesty Earthdreams,

    I think that you will find very few if any Christians among the so called ‘christian right’. I am privileged to have some very devout Christians among my family and they are disgusted by people like this cloaking their hate in the trappings of Christianity.

    Gyges,

    Level 16 Psychohistorian.

    p.s. I am pleased in a major geek way that the word ‘psychohistorian’ is in my browser’s spelling dictionary;-)

  17. The hate speech of Mr. Anderson reflects a sociopath’s complete lack of conscience. He is also the kind of narcissist, who through self-rightousness (not, rightousness) hate speech and the pulpit, incites others to violence. It is precisely because of people such as Mr. Anderson and his followers, that All firearms, knives, and “box cutters,” must be banned from all public or private events where our President and our other elected officials are present. The only persons who should be allowed firearms at any events where elected officials are present, are the police, the secret service and the F.B.I. Furthermore, if there is any surveillance of American citizens, it should NOT be surveillance of protesters whose free speech and right to assembly is guaranteed under our Constitution, but it is rather citizens such as Mr. Anderson and his ilk who promote violence through hate speech who are the ones that should be watched carefully by our law enforcement agencies. Additionally, any half-way rational person who has ever read the New Testament would clearly know that Mr. Anderson is not a Christian, just by the hateful words he speaks. I could say I’m the Queen of England; however many times I say it — it does not make me the Queen of England. Likewise, just because Mr. Anderson says he’s a Christian and has the Word of God in him, doesn’t make it true, no matter how many times he says it. Apparantly, Mr. Anderson skipped the parts of the New Testament, where Jesus talked about love. Certainly, Mr. Anderson never read St. Paul’s definition of Christian love. I’m afraid, Mr. Anderson is a very, very deluded man, who should do his homework–actually read the New Testament–before he opens his mouth to preach.

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