Pastor Steven Anderson
A unique campaign has been launched against an American pastor who preached that the world could be “Aids free by Christmas” if all gay people are executed.
In an appalling sermon ahead of World Aids Day, Pastor Steven Anderson of Tempe’s Faithful Word Baptist Church told his congregation that Aids was “the judgement of God”.
He claimed that the “cure” to the disease could be found in the Bible’s book of Leviticus.
“We can have an Aids free world by Christmas. Okay, it wouldn’t be totally Aids free, but we’d be like 90-some per cent Aids free by Christmas if we follow this,” he said.
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, even both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them,” read out Anderson from Leviticus.
“And that, my friend, is the cure for Aids. It was right there in the Bible all along – and they’re out spending billions of dollars in research and testing. It’s curable – right there. Because if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant.”
In response, the organisation Planting Peace has now created an online campaign to raise funds to help people living with HIV – and to send lumps of coal to the hateful pastor as a Christmas present.
“It’s clear to us that Pastor Anderson falls on the ‘naughty list’ this year, so in addition, for every donation we receive Planting Peace will send a lump of coal to Pastor Anderson in a festive package tied with a bow that will be delivered on Christmas Eve,” said the group.
Planting Peace is the same organisation that last year painted a house located directly across from the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church in the rainbow flag colours to protest its hateful message.