Anti-gay US pastor banned from African nations

There is truly weird fundamentalist pastor named Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist in Tempe, Arizona who has long been on an anti-gay crusade but also takes time to tell women that they should shut the hell up in church and be banned from voting and confined to their homes.

He also tells men that they should always urinate while standing up only and to do it sitting down is an abomination in god’s eyes. He also thinks that popular depictions of Jesus wrongfully show him as some kind of transvestite wuss and that in reality Jesus was very manly and had short hair and wore pants.

So I think we can agree that Anderson is a really weird guy. But he has apparently raised his weirdness up to 11 and taken his message on the road. But that has met with some bumps. He was too much even for Botswana (which actually criminalizes homosexuality) and was deported from there after he hailed the deaths of 50 people in the Orlando nightclub bombing. He was also barred from entering South Africa and the UK. (Thanks to reader Christopher for the links.)

Why he thought that South Africa might welcome him is unclear since that country has been progressive on LGBT rights, legalizing same-sex marriage in 2006, long before the US and the UK did. In fact, archbishop Desmond Tutu’s daughter is in such a marriage.

Tutu (now Tutu-Van Furth) is the daughter of South Africa’s first black archbishop and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and is really only the “same” as her wife in one way — they are both women. But in almost every other imaginable way, they are different. Tutu is black, South African, a devout priest and, as she puts it, “vertically challenged.” Marceline Tutu-Van Furth is lanky, Dutch, atheist and a professor of pediatric diseases in Amsterdam.

But her Anglican church is not as accepting of lesbian clergy and she has lost her ministry as a result, though there are moves to try and change this. Archbishop Tutu has been as outspoken on this as he has been on other social justice issues such as apartheid and Israel’s treatment of Palestinians that he likens to apartheid. Tutu has said:

“I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place,” he said in 2013. “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this. I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level.”

The Westboro Baptist Church and the Faithful Word Baptist church seem to be tied in a contest for the most hateful and at the same time most laughable church in the US. What is it about Baptist theology that produces such people?


  1. says

    He also tells men that they should always urinate while standing up only and to do it sitting down is an abomination in god’s eyes.

    Guy needs to clean some bathrooms.

    In basic training one of my great accomplishments was convincing the guys in my squad to sit instead of standing, so we’d spend less time on our hands and knees cleaning up eachother’s spatter. Amazing how quickly these things catch on.

  2. Trickster Goddess says

    Marcus, that’s why he believes wives should be confined to their homes — so they have more time to clean up the splatter.

  3. says

    Spoken like a man who has never cleaned a toilet. Or, who is unusually short in stature.

    When water hits water surface from a couple feet up in an non-laminar stream, it bounces all over the place, impacting the surface. Some of it bounces up and out. Not much. Ask your mom, or whoever it is who cleans up after you.

  4. Silentbob says

    He also thinks that popular depictions of Jesus wrongfully show him as some kind of transvestite wuss and that in reality Jesus was very manly and had short hair and wore pants.

    The link is hilarious:

    …it is a shame and dishonor to Christ for a man to have long hair. There is no place in the Bible that even insinuates that Jesus had long hair. Sodomite homosexuals such as Michelangelo painted Jesus to look effeminate and to have long hair in order to make him fit their own queer image.

    I have to wonder how he deals with Samson. (The mythical Hercules-like character in the Old Testament whose god-given super-strength depends on never cutting his hair. He was betrayed by Delilah, who gave him a haircut while he slept, robbing him of his superpower.)

  5. blf says

    Ah, Steven “wannabe Fred Phelps” Anderson, one of the very first entries in the Encyclopedia of American Loons:

    #6: Steven Anderson

    […] Anderson is famous for sermons where he fervently prays (and asks his congregation to pray) for the death and eternal torment of people who disagree with him (mostly president Obama, democrats and gays), including urging his congregation to murder his enemies (i.e. gays and liberals). Strong advocate of Old Testament morality (“God didn’t change his mind”) but oblivious to the cognitive dissonance it brings with it. No qualms about lying about his opponents. Convinced that gays are currently bringing an end to America (and that liberals are really disguised gays — Anderson has several ad hominem arguments of the kind ‘x says p; x is a liberal; hence x is gay, hence p is false, a lie and part of a scheme to bring down America’).


    According to the SPLC (The president of Botswana announced today that he ordered the arrest and deportation of anti-LGBT pastor Steven Anderson):

    Another media source,, reported that Anderson allegedly assaulted a 59-year-old man this past weekend in Botswana who questioned his views on homosexuality. The man has said he will file charges against Anderson.

    The assault allegedly occurred at a church started in Gaborone by a member of Anderson’s congregation, Garrett Kirchway. […]

    This extreme bigot is also reported to have frothed about Archbishop Tutu:

    “People like Desmond Tutu go parading around and talk about their pro-homosexual beliefs but they did not get that from the Bible and any Bible believing Christian will know that.”


    “The religious leaders are a bunch of perverts themselves like that Desmond Tutu who goes around in a pink dress.”

    He’s also a Holocaust-denier. The ADL says (Anti-Semitic Pastor Steve Anderson Promotes Holocaust Denial, June-2015):

    Steve Anderson […] denies the Holocaust in a video he posted to YouTube last week, claiming that the millions of Jews who were gassed and burned in ovens simply died of hunger and disease due to forced labor and war.

    In addition […], Anderson claims that the slave laborers [at Auschwitz] got compensated for their work and could buy items at a commissary. […]

    Anderson also promotes other anti-Semitic claims. He asserts that Hitler and Zionists had the same goal of getting Jews to leave Germany and then accuses the Zionists of working with the Nazis so that Jews would go to Palestine. He alleges that the Jews lied about the Holocaust so that the state of Israel could be created […]

    The video the ADL is referring-to is easily found and slightly over 40m long. This überloon apparently has other videos, and at least one anti-Semitic movie, “Marching to Zion” (see the ADL link for a summary).

  6. applehead says

    ALL American preachers should be banned from all African states. It’s known fact evangelical missionaries have it as main part of their mission to rile up local crowds which then proceed to burn homosexuals in the streets.

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