Church Labeled as Hate Group

A Tempe church has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Pastor Steven Anderson, the leader of the Faithful Word Baptist Church, is no stranger to controversy. He recently made headlines for saying he was praying for the death of President Barack Obama, and, just this morning, told New Times he thinks the government should put homosexuals to death. “I don’t think I’m a hateful person — I’m a happy, positive person,” Anderson tells New Times.”I hate certain people.” At the top of Anderson’s list of hate seems to be homosexuals. After rambling off a passage from Leviticus, Anderson told us he thinks “the government should put [homosexuals] to death.” He says the bible dictates that homosexuals should be killed, but, as a law abiding citizen, he isn’t about to practice any biblical vigilantism by doing it himself. (He just thinks stewing with hate is healthy!) As for his church’s new classification, he says, “I think the Southern Poverty Law Center is a hate group because they hate and demonize Christians… am I going to go around and say I love every child molester, rapist, and homosexual? Of course not.” (Equating homosexuals with the monsters he lists) Anderson says any “hate” he preaches comes from the bible, not him. He says he preaches the literal interpretations of the bible, which many consider to be hateful. “We’re not like a lot of churches that pass over a lot of the stuff that’s in the bible. We preach the whole thing,” he says. “It’s
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