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Maryland pastor declares LGBT people and supporters are ‘worthy of death’

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A recent town hall meeting sponsored by the Maryland Family Alliance, a coalition working to defeat Maryland’s marriage equality law, has inflamed the gay marriage debate on news that a local pastor declared that LGBT people and their supporters are “worthy of death.”

Rev. Robert J. Anderson

Speaking during a panel discussion on Oct. 19 on the upcoming Maryland ballot initiative, Question 6, that asks votes to approve or reject the same-sex marriage law approved in the state legislature and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley earlier this year, the Rev. Robert J. Anderson read from scripture as part of his argument against allowing same-sex unions.

“Those who practice such things are deserving of death,” Anderson said, quoting from Romans, Chapter 1. He went on to argue that if Question 6 is not defeated on Nov. 6, “then we are approving those things that are worthy of death.”

Anderson is the pastor of the Colonial Baptist Church in Randallstown, Md.

Watch, courtesy Jeremy Hooper at Good as You:

Anderson also said that same-sex marriage is a slippery slope to prostitution, bestiality and polygamy.

Maryland Family Alliance Executive Director Derek McCoy issued a written statement saying, “Any attempt to imply that Dr. Anderson’s reading of scripture was a call to harm gays and lesbians is false and serves as a distraction of the real issues of this campaign.”

McCoy says his group is committed to the dignity and respect of all people, but that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman.

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  1. boo hiss

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:52pm
  2. Good thing what he says doesn’t amount to a mouse fart.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:52pm
  3. He’s a joke.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:53pm
  4. wow….damn reely

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:53pm
  5. Isn’t he special?!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:54pm
  6. this idiot doesn’t deserve space on my wall.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:54pm
  7. Why..why are people just so mean? good GOD. no pun intended…or maybe..

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:54pm
  8. Now see there’s that wonderful “Christian” mentality

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:55pm
  9. What a disgusting creature we are forced to share this planet with.. along with the 3 people who cowardly liked the article.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:55pm
  10. Lord have mercy, I’m going to pray for him!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:56pm
  11. judge NOT lest u b judge

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:56pm
  12. “I declare of this pastor mentally retarded.” God says

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:56pm
  13. I bet he wouldn’t say that shit to my face if we had gloves on.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:57pm
  14. Another hate group posing as Christians….

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:57pm
  15. Punk bitch!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:57pm
  16. Bless his heart

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:59pm
  17. He should have been alive during the Spanish Inquisition

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:59pm
  18. So the all loving god wants you do “do his bidding?” looks like satans work to me!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:59pm
  19. I think animals like him should be put to sleep.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:59pm
  20. wow

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:59pm
  21. How is this remotely Christian?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:00pm
  22. he’s at the gay bar every night, he’s a big ole queen. there now he can but put to death with us

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:00pm
  23. This is sad, for a minister!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:01pm
  24. Why are the churches that support these “pastors” stripped of their tax free status, and why aren’t these “holy people” arrested for hate crimes?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:02pm
  25. Amusing that 50 years ago they said the same thing about him for being black. What a dumb ass!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:03pm
  26. Yes that is all the god wants is people doing his bidding, what do you think the bible demands

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:03pm
  27. So many Christians, so few lions …

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:03pm
  28. the TRUE Christians that I know WOULD never MAKE SUCH A STATEMENT!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:03pm
  29. So nice to know my existence has no value!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:04pm
  30. I’ll pray for this man.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:04pm
  31. It makes me mad to read something like this because at one time some white people thought the same thing about blacks. We will never grow and learn to move forward if people live in the past. Yes in the past gay was looked at as being horrible but so was being a different color. Where would he be if everyone still had that backward thinking of black people.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:05pm
  32. It’s really a shame that people like him are ruining what Christianity is about! God is LOVE, people!! LOVE!! I am a Christian and I’m gay!! Get over it!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:05pm
  33. shocked…..not really they’ll say anything to get people to believe them.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:05pm
  34. same religion crap that put ppl with his skin color in chains and he’s trying to keep them and others there, by using the same “book.” It’s really sad that humans can’t be man or woman enough to just be without tryin to control others…and I love the way Marriage Equality is going to ” lead to Prostitution, Bestiality and Polygamy.” Prostitution is oldest profession in all of history and what does he know about bestiality and Polygamy? wonder how many prostitutes he’s hired? Furthermore, funny how the “christian” and Religious folk know so much about SEX! LOL naughty fockers!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:05pm
  35. What the flying fornication ever happened to Thou Shalt Not Kill?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:07pm
  36. disgusting

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:09pm
  37. How nice. I’m sure that if a white person had said the same about him. He would be balking, screaming racism, etc.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:09pm
  38. hey they used to say that about black people – doesn”t he know?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:10pm
  39. you are a moron… that is all that needs to be said

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:11pm
  40. to him i say, YOU FIRST, BASTARD!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:11pm
  41. christians are worthy of death…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:13pm
  42. No one is worthy of death. No one. This guy is just jealous of how fabulous the LGBTQ Nation is.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:13pm
  43. lovely…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:15pm
  44. it also says you should be a slave, Rev! SNAP!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:17pm
  45. it always saddens me when a member of another minority looks down on Lbgts.. i just do not understand y they would repress ppl after what their own ancestors suffered and over came…just sad

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:18pm
  46. They are pathetic! They hide behind “Gods word” but do the devils work.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:18pm
  47. The bible was not written by God, get ready I’m about to blow your mind Mr. Pastor, it was written by men!!! Not everything in the bible is correct.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:20pm
  48. Thats exactyly why christ died, for you too pastor. Because with you easily seen short comings, you not winning a damn person to eternal life. Including yourself.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:21pm
  49. It just gets worse and worse! Death! Are they serious! Killing all my friends and those I love. I am at a loss for words! <3 maria <3

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:23pm
  50. Another sterling example of ‘Christian love.’ Excuse me while I vomit.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:24pm
  51. Shame on him!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:25pm
  52. It’s hypocritical that they don’t wish to return to true biblical marriage, which is one man and as many women as he could afford to buy from their fathers. Unless he specifically wished to be a bishop, in which case, somewhat arbitrarily it appears, he was only allowed to buy one. (However, concubines appear to be relatively unregulated, so presumably bishops ‘made do’.)

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:27pm
  53. No, we’re not ‘worthy of death’, you mother fucker! YOU ARE!!! YOU ANTI-GAY ANTI-HUMAN BIGOTED ASSHOLE!!! You might as well be a goddamn Nazi!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:29pm
  54. Religious fanaticism is alive and well in the United States and the GOP has become the Theocracy Party.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:30pm
  55. Typical Religious Moron. This Is what religion does to people. It makes them Complete and Udder Morons. It makes them deny logic and rationality and believe in Biblical BULL SHIT! If anyone is worthy of death it’s the bigoted prick That hides behind religion and an ancient book like a little pussy.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:32pm
  56. Pharisee!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:33pm
  57. It’s like every day a new right wing nut job in the news.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:34pm
  58. Who’s he preach for, not the true God. People look out for wolves in sheep’s clothing!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:35pm
  59. asshat!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:37pm
  60. Easy to say in the midst of your comfort zone, Reverend– Call Calvin Merrett in Colorado and we’ll arrange an opportunity for you to make good on your “God given” mission–GUTLESS F**K !!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:39pm
  61. This is just sad… And I’m sure it makes God sad as well.. ” We (humanity) are all worthy of SALVATION!”

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:40pm
  62. Fuck You, Pastor.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:44pm
  63. Then i am WORTHY of a billion deaths. I am part of that community, as am I a supporter. These idiots need to check their mouths before opening them. If God is how they say he is, he would NEVER say these things

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:46pm
  64. Unacceptable

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:47pm
  65. Now where are all the moderate Christians who are supposed to come out, apologise to the rest of us, call this guy an extremist nutjob and explain how his attitudes don’t represent real Christianity?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:48pm
  66. Oh Lord, a black Nazi?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:50pm
  67. Sigh… Did he forget it was BLACK instead of LGBT a while ago?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:57pm
  68. Blank stare….

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:01pm
  69. Nothing worse than hate in the name of christianity!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:02pm
  70. too bad he thinks he’s heaven bound for the gates of hell are awaiting him

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:04pm
  71. So are self proclaimed Christians who conveniently ignore Matthew 7:21-23.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:05pm
  72. actually im all for throwing all christians to the lions. they are nothing but hypocrites and bigots and before you people start crying and boo hooing and saying all christians are not alike what are you doing to stop these from saying what they say. if your doing nothing then you are just as bad as they are

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:16pm
  73. Such hate and so very judgemental. I thought Jesus was all about love and acceptance. I would like to know when the church got the corner on the market for marriage.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:18pm
  74. does he not realize in my lifetime black people were once killed for being BLACK and considered less than human, we’ll the last part fits him well.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:18pm
  75. Judge not, lest ye be judged. Has this pastor even READ the Bible?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:25pm
  76. *Dislike* x1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,001

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:27pm
  77. And he will be the first to cry that he is being oppressed when people speak out against him. Never mind that he is implicitly encouraging violence against lgbt people in addition to opposing our getting a right he already has.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:27pm
  78. …and this is exactly why we separate church and state.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:28pm
  79. He should really think about what he is saying. African Americans would still be segregated or even worse still enslaved if someone along the way didn’t speak out for their rights as human beings. Why does the LGBTQ not deserve to be lifted out of discrimination as they once were?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:35pm
  80. And he calls himself a pastor!!!!! He should burn in hell himself. HYPOCRITES?, ALL HYPOCRITES!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:35pm
  81. Well I think freaks like him are worthy of death too? And what does the religious freak think of that?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:47pm
  82. join me if u know this one… JUDGE not lest ye be JUDGE

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:49pm
  83. So F___ing irresponsible!!! Who is the real problem?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:56pm
  84. Disgusting …and this is a “man of God” !!!????

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 8:51pm
  85. I would be surprised if he’s sleeping with little boys and saying he’s doing gods work

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 8:56pm
  86. What hypocrite. -_-

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 8:58pm
  87. If God were ashamed of anything or anyone, this guy would be at the top of the list!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 9:03pm
  88. I think we need to bring back slavery. As a gay man in pre-civil war times, I could own this nut case, he, on the other hand was never able to be a slave owner. Guess his hate blinded him of that fact.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 9:15pm
  89. Not much of a Christian – seems not to believe in loving one’s neighbor

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 9:25pm
  90. Ignorant…..and just how would HE feel if we said…”You are just an ingorant, bigoted nigger!?????” HHMMM???? isn’t so nice, is it??

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 9:29pm
  91. I am absolutely sickened by these types of comments from people who should be leaders in their communities. It also seems like they are all trying to outdo each other and raise the stakes.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:43pm
  92. with that answer you are too damn bigots.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:33am
  93. Has he forgotten how blacks were treated a few centuries ago, especially in America?

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:06am
  94. I can’t wait till everyone has evolved from the days of fire and brimstone. I feel like most of America is Salem all over again.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:23am
  95. i’m just amazed how some of the religious leaders in this country are sounding like the nazi leaders of 1930-1940′s. it’s amazing how people in positions of power like to push their philosophies of hate on the unsuspecting proletariat.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:18am
  96. “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

    (Luke 6:37, NKJV)

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:32am
  97. wipe that grin off your face! :-[

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:48am
  98. Asshole

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:58am
  99. I wonder if the good reverend is on the DL?

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 4:01am
  100. What a bigot!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 5:17am
  101. typical ignorant coon

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 5:41am
  102. Obviously, this man is NOT a follower of Jesus.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6:36am
  103. asshole

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6:59am
  104. Just like during segragation and apartheid. All in the name of christianity. Walk the walk my follower of Jesus.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7:03am
  105. very bad man

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 9:10am
  106. I find this hilarious n hypocritical at the same time….civil rights movement….HELLO??! Stupid moron….ur not a Christian in my book. God loves all his children. Preach love not hate then get back to me.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 11:24am
  107. In our world today we need more love <3! Not a more hate from bigots whom think everything they say should be true. What an asshole!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:20pm