Pastor Blames Paris Victims

Ah, Pastor Steven Anderson.  Poor, deluded, laughable Pastor Steven Anderson.  I’ve done a YouTube video on this idiot in the past, but now he’s come out criticizing Paris terrorist attack victims for attending a death metal concert.  What a guy!

Of course, he has no clue of which he speaks because the band in question, the Eagles of Death Metal, is really not a death metal band, just listen to them.  They are described as a “feelgood, bluesy boogie-rock” band, whose lead singer, who Anderson called a “drug-pushing hillbilly faggot”, is actually a huge fan of George Bush.  So yeah, Anderson, who is already a massive idiot, just shows that he’s even more ignorant than we  thought.

But please, don’t think that Anderson is alone in any of this, there are plenty of Christian leaders in the U.S. who are only too happy to leap to victim blaming whenever something bad happens because they desperately want to believe that God doesn’t let bad things happen to good people.  It’s always their fault.  They are always to blame.  That happens every time a major storm hits America, it’s God’s retribution for some imaginary moral crime and we all have to grovel to get back into God’s good graces. I don’t know if that’s Anderson’s shtick necessarily, it’s pretty likely that he’s just an asshole, but that seems to be the usual game for evangelical Christians in America.

So exactly why do people like Anderson exist?  Well, as I pointed out in my video, it certainly isn’t to get huge adoring crowds of people into their megachurches, these people can only attract a tiny number of people to their message.  These people love to hate and hate is really all they’re good at.  They’re just looking for some way to justify their hate of everyone and everything and God seems to be the ticket.  Everyone is a reprehensible sinner and he’s going to be the one to point it all out.  We see the same thing with groups like the Westboro Baptists, also with a very tiny following, these people are vocal but hugely unpopular.  At least now we have the technology to shine a light on these cockroaches, but unfortunately, they’re also thriving on the publicity.

And let’s be honest, does anyone really give a damn what some moron in a strip mall in Arizona has to say about international politics?  Crazies like Anderson and Rick Wiles and Steven Manning are the extreme extremes.  They aren’t really worth more than an occasional laugh because nobody really takes them at all seriously.  At least the world has that going for it.  I’d be much more depressed if they were preaching to tens of thousands every week, but no, they get a handful at best, people who are just as sad, pathetic and deluded as they are.  Maybe there’s some hope.

 

3 thoughts on “Pastor Blames Paris Victims

  1. "…plenty of Christian leaders in the U.S. who are only too happy to leap to victim blaming whenever something bad happens…"

    Not unlike what you do when it comes to issues of racial equality, gender equality, poverty, rape, suicide, etc. So in your world victim blaming is only a bad thing when a Christian does it?

  2. "…get huge adoring crowds of people into their megachurches, these people can only attract a tiny number of people to their message…"

    A rather peculiar thing to say. You do know why they are called megachurches, don't you? On any given Sunday there are far more than just "tiny number of people" in the pews at your typical megachurch. I don't like megachurches, religion, or the concept of God any more than do you. But it does your argument no good to misrepresent that which you are criticizing.

  3. After reading up a little on Pastor Steven Anderson and his church, I can't see why you are referring to his Faithful World Baptist Church as a megachurch. The size of the congregation does not appear to be large enought to qualify for the description of a megachurch, which usually is a church with a "sustained average weekly attendance of 2000 persons or more in its worship services, counting all adults and children at all its worship locations. " (Source: http://hirr.hartsem.edu/megachurch/definition.htm…. But if it is in fact a megachurch, then saying he only attracts a "tiny number of people" likely is an inaccurate statement. And some megachurchs, such as Joel Ostein's church in Texas, draw well over 2000 attendees every Sunday.

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