Whenever a large-scale tragedy affects the LGBT community, sadly, the bigots always are unmasked. The massacre taking place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida just before dawn on June 12, 2016, in which Omar Mateen, a racist, homophobic anti-Semite who had claimed to have ties to al-Qaeida and Hezbollah, killed 49 and wounded 53 before being shot dead by police, is no exception.
As news of the shooting broke, Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona uploaded a video to YouTube in which he remarks:
“The good news is that there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and pedophiles. That’s who was a victim here, are a bunch of, just, disgusting homosexuals at a gay bar, okay?
“But the bad news is that this is now gonna be used, I’m sure, to push for gun control, where, you know, law-abiding normal Americans are not gonna be allowed to have guns for self-defense. And then I’m sure it’s also gonna be used to push an agenda against so-called ‘hate speech.’So Bible-believing Christian preachers who preach what the Bible actually says about homosexuality — that it’s vile, that it’s disgusting, that they’re reprobates — you know, we’re gonna be blamed. Like, “It’s all extremism! It’s not just the Muslims, it’s the Christians!” I’m sure that that’s coming. I’m sure that people are gonna start attacking, you know, Bible-believing Christians now, because of what this guy did.
“Now let me just be real clear: I’ve never advocated for violence. I don’t believe in, you know, taking the law into our own hands. I would never go in and shoot up a gay bar — so-called. I don’t believe it’s right for us to just be a vigilante… But I will say this: The Bible says that homosexuals should be put to death, in Leviticus 20:13. Obviously, it’s not right for somebody to just, you know, shoot up the place, because that’s not going through the proper channels. But these people all should have been killed, anyway, but they should have been killed through the proper channels, as in they should have been executed by a righteous government that would have tried them, convicted them, and saw them executed. Because, in Leviticus 20:13, God’s perfect law, he put the death penalty on murder, and he also put the death penalty on homosexuality. That’s what the Bible says, plain and simple.”
Another hateful preacher who relished in the carnage was Roger Jimenez of the Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California, who said:
“I think that’s great. I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida’s a little safer tonight. It is unnatural for a man to be attracted to another man. The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die.”
Yet another hatemongering preacher, Donnie Romero of the Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, himself ordained by Pastor Steven Anderson, said to his congregation:
“These 50 sodomites are all perverts and pedophiles, and they are the scum of the earth, and the earth is a little bit better place now. And I’ll take it a step further, because I heard on the news today, that there are still several dozen of these queers in ICU and intensive care. And I will pray to God like I did this morning, I will do it tonight, I’ll pray that God will finish the job that that man started, and he will end their life, and by tomorrow morning they will all be burning in hell, just like the rest of them, so that they don’t get any more opportunity to go out and hurt little children.”
In the wake of these appalling comments, LGBT rights activists have successfully petitioned Apple to terminate Anderson’s iTunes podcast. They also have convinced every company he has used to solicit online donations to refuse to do business with him. In the aftermath, online money transfer company Paypal has canceled the accounts of Anderson, Jimenez and Romero, and the landlord who owns the property where Jimenez and his parishioners worship has opted not to renew the lease.
As expected, Anderson is none too pleased. On June 22, 2016, he gave an impassioned theatrical sermon in which he climbed to the top of his podium, stamped his feet and registered his indignity in no uncertain terms.
“It’s war…these [filthy sodomites] are dedicated. These people are researching, they’re finding out where we bank, they’re finding out who we do business with. They’re trying to get us shut down on all fronts, and you know what, let me tell you something, I’m sick of it.”
Oh, Boo fucking hoo, Rev. Cry me a river.
As much as I agree with the concept of free speech and freedom of religion, I understand very much that neither right is unlimited and I do not believe either should be unlimited, especially if people are taking advantage of those two freedoms to encroach upon the freedoms of others. Moreover, when you look at the words of Jimenez and Romero, you can see that they each are essentially saying, “Isn’t it great that somebody gunned down a bunch of fa**ots? Wouldn’t it be fantastic if somebody killed more?”
These clergymen’s remarks are nothing short of stochastic terrorism. Here’s how it works. A demagogue with considerable influence over a sizeable group of people who has a way of spreading his rhetoric over a great distance suggests that somebody attack a particular person or group of people. All it takes is one lone wolf to take the message literally enough to do specifically that. In other words, Steven Anderson, Roger Jimenez, and Donnie Romero are exactly the sort of demagogues who motivate vicious killers like Omar Mateen to carry out their wicked deeds. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise whatsoever that Apple and PayPal do not want to do business with Anderson, Jimenez and Romero.
Featured image: Steven Anderson (YouTube).