TEMPE, Ariz. — A pastor in Tempe, Ariz. said Sunday that if humanity wants to have an “AIDS-free world by Christmas,” then gays should be put to death as God has ordered in the scriptures.
“Turn to Leviticus 20:13,” Anderson said in the video, “because I actually discovered the cure for AIDS.”
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them,” Anderson read aloud.
“And that, my friend, is the cure for AIDS,” he said. “It was right there in the Bible all along — and they’re out spending billions of dollars in research and testing. It’s curable — right there. Because if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant.”
Anderson also rebuffed the idea that people can be LGBT and Christian, saying there will never be any gays in his church.
“No homos will ever be allowed in this church as long as I am pastor here,” Anderson said. “Never! Say ‘You’re crazy.’ No, you’re crazy if you think that there’s something wrong with my ‘no homo’ policy.”
The church website notes that Anderson, who holds no college degree, started Faithful Word Baptist Church on December 25, 2005. It operates out of a strip center storefront in Tempe.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) lists Faithful Word Baptist Church as an anti-gay hate group, noting that Anderson describes gays as “sodomites” who “recruit through rape,” and “recruit through molestation.”
In explaining the hate group designation, the SPLC noted that in a sermon Anderson once stated, “The biggest hypocrite in the world is the person who believes in the death penalty for murderers but not for homosexuals.”
A few days after the listing, Anderson stated, “I do hate homosexuals and if hating homosexuals makes our church a hate group then that’s what we are.”
Anderson previously received national attention in 2009, when in a sermon titled “Why I hate Barack Obama,” he said he had been praying for the death of the president.