Sexist Pastor Loses His Very Mind Over Women Voting And Having Jobs
Meet Steven L. Anderson! He’s the pastor of the Faithful Word Baptist Church–an official Southern Poverty Law Center-designated anti-gay hate group which meets in a Tempe, Arizona strip mall. He is very, very mad about a thing! And that thing is women’s rights!
Now, he’s not just mad about things that are still considered somehow “controversial,” like abortion or birth control or equal pay. Oh no! He’s mad about women being allowed to hold jobs, divorce their husbands, and vote. He is sooooooo mad about women voting! And having jobs! So mad about it!
This is an older sermon, but Anderson re-uploaded it this week, probably because he’s really scared of Hillary Clinton being President. I gotta say, although I’m in the bag for Bernie, one of the major upsides to a Clinton Presidency would be how mad it would make assholes like this dude.
Watch him fly into hysterics in the video above, and check out the transcript of his nonsense below:
“[The Bible] says that they should be keepers at home. They should be good. And then it says they should be obedient to their own husbands! Now how often do you hear that preached today? Well if you come to Faithful Word you hear it all the time! But you know, if you go somewhere else you don’t hear it so much. But that’s what the Bible says!
You know, you say “Well that’s an old fashioned idea. Today we have women’s rights. We’ve come along way baby! And today–Oh those horrible, horrible days when women had no rights!–let’s bring ‘em back! Let’s get back to those days [bursts into lady screams]!
What are you so worried about? What do you think they mean by women’s rights? You know what they mean?
The right to divorce your husband is what they mean. You know what they mean? The right to rebel and disobey your husband, the right to divorce him, the right to go out and get a job and make your own money, the right to tell him what to do, the right to go vote for our leaders as if women should have any say in how our country is run, when the Bible says that “I suffer not a woman to teach, not to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence”?
I AM QUOTING THE BIBLE RIGHT NOW!
But it’s old-fashioned…
Why do you think that women were not allowed to vote until the twentieth century? And yet if I get up and say “I don’t believe women should vote, because if we’re in a Democracy which is ruled by the people, I don’t wanna be ruled over by women!”
Anderson then starts ranting about how John Adams had the right idea when he told his wife, Abigail Adams, that women shouldn’t have the right to vote when she asked him to “remember the ladies,” because men shouldn’t have to live under the “tyranny” of women (which he actually, eye roll, referred to as the “despotism of the petticoat”).
Oddly, I don’t feel so much “enraged” or whatever by this sermon as I feel positively delighted that Anderson is so upset. I’m glad he’s upset! I’m glad he has to live under the “despotism of the petticoat!” I hope it makes him miserable, and that he never, ever has a good day because all he can ever think of is how deeply resentful he is that women are allowed to have jobs and vote and divorce their husbands. The fact remains that he’s never, ever, ever going to get to live in the kind of society he so fiercely dreams of, and that brings me joy. We’re just gonna be out there running shit while he cries and cries in front of an ugly mural in a strip mall for the rest of his days.
This is actually far from the first time this lunatic pastor has made the news. In 2009, Pastor Anderson drew ire for a sermon in which he prayed for the death of President Obama, and soon after, a parishioner of his church showed up to an Obama rally carrying an AR-15 and a handgun. He has also, unsurprisingly, has called for the death penalty for gay people–suggesting that there could be an AIDS-free Christmas if all the gay people were murdered, and preached that he hopes Caitlyn Jenner’s heart explodes.