The fundamentalist Christian pastor of an Arizona church is being condemned after he celebrated the deaths of 49 people at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando in a hate-filled rant posted on YouTube.
Just hours after American’s worst mass shooting came to an end, Steven Anderson, pastor at Faithful Word Baptist Church in suburban Phoenix, unleashed a sickening tirade in which he said the victims deserved to die.
Anderson said in the video:
‘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.
‘That’s who was a victim here, are a bunch of just disgusting homosexuals at a gay bar, OK?’
Anderson – who has been condemned for previous comments about President Barack Obama, the Paris attacks, transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner and AIDS – quoted the Bible and Book of Leviticus as he tried to justify the terror attack at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.
‘The Bible says that homosexuals should be put to death… obviously it’s not right for somebody to just shoot up the place because that’s not going through the proper channels,’
‘But these people all should have been killed anyway but they should have been killed through the proper channels as in they should have been executed by a righteous government.’
Anderson’s rant has been viewed nearly 100,000 times and has received thousands of comments from viewers who blasted him for spreading hate.