A pastor said last weekend that he wishes ‘every homo would die’ after confronting protesters outside an anti-LGBTI conference in Orlando, Florida.
Truth Wins Out, a group which fights ‘anti-gay lies and the ex-gay myth,’ caught pastor Steven Anderson on cellphone footage confronting a group outside the Make America Straight Again conference.
The New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church organized the three-day conference, held across 14-16 June, to take place on the third anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, according to LGBTQ Nation.
Held just two days after the mass shooting at a LGBTI nightclub Pulse, which left 49 people dead in 2016 around 20 miles away in Orlando, the conference saw Anderson listed as a speaker.
On 15 June, around 150 protesters demonstrated the conference. When Anderson challenged the group, he said he is ‘totally non-violent,’ according to a Truth Wins Out press release.
However, he then said ‘I wish every homo would die,’ ‘get AIDS and die,’ and labeled LGBTI people ‘freaks.’
Moreover, he added: ‘We don’t need to make these stupid distinctions, LGBT. It’s all one category; sodomites.’
One of the event organizers said of the protest: ‘Pray that if they do any protests, that it gets violent. They have Stand Your Ground in Florida. So we’re allowed to fight back.’
What about the the conference itself?
Organizers claimed around 300 people attended the conference.
Although, some still remain.
According to a livestream of Saturday’s speeches, speakers included: a pastor who praised the Orlando shooting, a Baptist preacher who said ‘homos’ should be ‘put in their place; six feed under,’ and the head organizer, pastor Patrick Boyle, who said: ‘God hates homos. Amen.
‘God hates the f*ggots and the queers and the LGBT crowd.’
‘We are not breaking any YouTube rules, we are exposing truths,’ commentators said on the livestream.
Who is Steven Anderson?
Faithful Word Baptist Church, which he founded in 2005, has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and by the Anti-Defamation League.
The latest of over 30 countries to ban Anderson was Ireland.
Ireland’s government barred the Arizona-based Baptist pastor from entering the country. Invoking for the first time a 1999 immigration act that allows for such seclusion orders on the grounds of national security.
The pastor rose to prominence outside of his ministry – which is based in Tempe in a strip mall – when he announced in 2009 that he hated then President Barack Obama and prayed for his death.
Moreover, he once called the US government to exterminate all LGBTI people; welcoming the news of the Orlando shootings.
‘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,’ Anderson said in a video he posted online.