Women Should Have No Say in How Our Country is Run
Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona is back with another one of his offensive, misogynistic sermons! (His sermon about how his wife cooks for him was incredibly popular, but this one is bound to be on the Greatest Hits album.)
The subject: How good it is to be old-fashioned.
Just as before, highlights are below, because I watched the whole damn thing. His actual words are in quotation marks. My paraphrases of his words are not.
8:50: Newer isn't always better. "It's called evolution... You're being brainwashed by this all the time." They say everything is better today, like "back in the 1800s, it was horrible because of this, this, and that." (Hemant's note: You mean slavery? Yes, I think times are better now.)
11:23: "You want to talk about being old-fashioned? My wife doesn't work. And she never has since we've gotten married. That's old-fashioned. That's the way our country was built. That's the way people did it for thousands of years. Did you hear me? Thousands of years! [Sarcastically:] But the way we do it is better because it's new. It's modern. It's advanced... No, there's nothing advanced about this Communist system where men and women both go to work and put their children in a government institution to be raised by the government and brainwashed and taught by the government."
16:02: "... If a preacher just gets up and preaches basic Bible principles and Bible doctrine, he's labeled a "radical." I mean, I, today, Pastor Steven L. Anderson, just your average everyday preacher, am looked at today as some kind of a foaming-at-the-mouth, insane, radical person! I mean, does anybody dispute that that is the way that the world out there views Pastor Steve Anderson? I mean, if the media interviews me, if I'm in the newspaper, if I'm on TV, it's always, â€˜This guy's nuts! This guy's so radical! This guy is on the fringe and the extreme! This guy does not represent mainstream Christianity! This guy does not represent the Independent Fundamental Baptist Movement! This guy is just WAY out there!"
17:01: I'm speaking at a college tomorrow and it's like I'm an "animal at the zoo" because they can't believe anyone thinks like me!
18:12: "There is nothing that I preach that is not in this book!" I'm not radical! The Bible is radical!
19:05: If you think that our society is satisfied now, you're wrong! "If you think... â€˜Now that all the queers are out of the closet, now that, you know, all this promiscuity is acceptable and all the wickedness and sin is acceptable, and TV is filled with smut from sun=up to sun-down'... listen to me, they are never satisfied. I mean, the Socialists in our government are never satisfied. They'll be satisfied when our country looks like the Soviet Union or something. And then they probably still won't be satisfied."
20:00: The liberals in the government "won't be happy until they control every person on this planet with a CCTV camera pointed at them at all times. And an implantable microchip in their body. That's when they'll be satisfied. I mean, they'll never be satisfied, my friend."
20:22: "And even these perverts today that want you to accept sodomy and being a homo, they're not satisfied with that. Next, it's like, â€˜Well, what about transgender?' And, I mean, once you accept that, it'll be pedophilia!"
23:05: The Bible says women are supposed to be sober. "That means get off the drugs. You say, â€˜Well, nobody in our church is smoking pot.' Well, what about all the other drugs? What about all the other mind-altering drugs that you're on for your [big quote fingers] â€˜depression'? For your â€˜anxiety'?... No Christian ought to be on psychiatric meds, period."
23:59: "Don't go to a psychiatrist. Go to get some preaching. Go to the Holy Bible, not a psychiatrist. Not the pharmaceutical industry."
26:17: Women, be pure! You have to be virgins until marriage! Be faithful in mind and body! "That means you're not reading romance novels and thinking about some Prince Charming. You better think about the guy that you're married to! That's who you ought to love, not some fictional Fabio-looking character off some book that you read..."
27:43: Women, stay at home! "This is Biblical preaching!... It's what our country was built upon."
29:11: "I expect my wife to do the housekeeping, but in return for that, I pay the bills. I bring home the bacon."
29:55: "Today we have women's rights! We've come a long way, baby! And today, you know, [in a mocking voice] â€˜Oh those horrible, horrible days when women had no rights'... Let's bring them back! Let's get back to those days! [Fake scream] What are you so worried about? What do you think they mean when they say â€˜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 â€˜I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence'? I AM QUOTING THE BIBLE RIGHT NOW! But it's old-fashioned."
31:46: "You look at me like I'm insane when I preach this kind of stuff, and yet it's in the [Bible]! There's no teaching in the Bible that says that women are supposed to rule over and lead men. It's not there! But yet, today, if you get up and say, â€˜Hey, I believe in a man-run nation, a man-led church, and a man-led home'... oh, you're so old-fashioned. Well, thank you. I appreciate the compliment. Because the old [path] is the good way."
32:11: "If you say, â€˜I don't believe wives should be obedient to their husbands', you're probably not saved! Did you hear me?!"
33:10: "If you believe in evolution, after you've read the clear scripture in Genesis 1 that tells you, you're not saved!"
35:00: When God tells you how Creation happened "and then you're gonna turn around and say, â€˜No, I think it's millions of years old', you didn't get that from the Bible. You got that from a lying, atheist, devil down at the university!"
40:00: "Thou shalt beat" [your child]. Underline those three words in your Bible... you say, oh that's unkind. No, it's unkind to let your child go to hell. It's unkind to not love your child and therefore not to discipline them, because the Bible says â€˜He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.' It's old-fashioned, my friend!
46:18: "When you see on girls the short shorts and the tank tops, not even a prostitute would've dressed that way. Did you hear me? Not even a prostitute!"
48:38: "What if I came to church next week wearing a skirt, and I tuck in my shirt and tie, and I get up and I preach in a skirt? Is that acceptable? What if it's a really manly skirt? No. Because it's a woman's garment."
49:55: Let's do a showcase of men's fashion... see all the men wearing pants up here? That's because men wear pants. Ladies, don't wear pants! Wear skirts and dresses!
54:59: "If somebody gets up and says, â€˜Hey, I wear the pants in my family, both figuratively and literally', then basically, you're called the Taliban. You're Al-Qaeda. You're an extremist. You're a fundamentalist..."
55:58: "What has it done for us, dressing the women like men? What has it done? All it's done is made â€˜em act like men!"