A Christian pastor in Arizona told his congregation the cure for AIDS has always been in the bible. They laughed.
PastorÂ Steven Anderson founded and runs theÂ Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona. He and his wifeÂ Zsuzsanna have seven children. The church website boasts that Pastor Anderson “holds no college degree but has well over 140 chapters of the Bible memorized word-for-word, including approximately half of the New Testament.” It even has a section that promises it can “revolutionize the way you memorize the Bible,” and anyone can commit the bible to memory in just five years.
One book of the bible Pastor Anderson seems to have memorized extensively is Leviticus.
On Sunday, as his congregation and many people across America were remembering a delightful Thanksgiving dinner and likely not looking forward to work the next day, Pastor Anderson offered them a Christmas miracle.Â
“I actually discovered the cure for AIDS,” Anderson quipped, urging his congregationÂ to open their bibles toÂ Leviticus 20:13. There were some chuckles in the audience. “Everybody’s talking about, ‘Let’s have an AIDS-free world by 2020.’ Look, we can have an AIDS-free world by Christmas,” he promised, to more laughter.
â€œHere’s what the bible says, Leviticus 20:13. ‘If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman,'” Anderson read to his congregation, “it says, even both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.”
â€œAnd that, my friend, is the cure for AIDS,â€ Anderson continued. â€œIt was right there in the Bible all along â€” and theyâ€™re out spending billions of dollars in research and testing. Itâ€™s curable â€” right there. Because if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldnâ€™t have all this AIDS running rampant.â€
His congregation wasn’t shy about laughing.
And no one seemed shy about equating HIV/AIDS with gay people, ignoring the fact that the virus, unlike the Pastor, doesn’t discriminate.
Pastor Anderson quoted statistics of how many people in America identify as gay, as if that would somehow protect his flock from contracting the virus.Â
How many religious leaders will admonish or denounce him?
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14 Students and One Teacher Dead at Texas Elementary School Mass Shooting (Streaming Video)
Fourteen students and one teacher are dead, and others have been injured after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
ABC News live video (below) reports “14 dead,” stating Gov. Greg Abbott has made that announcement. ABC News, online, citing multiple sources, reports the shooter is also dead.
CNN confirms 15 are dead:
Horrible news: Fifteen have died in a shooting at Robb elementary school, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who said there are 14 students and one teacher killed. The shooter is dead.
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Fox News Corporate Chief Shrugs Off Complaints of Network’s White Nationalism: ‘Comes With the Territory’
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“I think when you’re in the news business, and you’re number one,” said Murdoch in an interview with Axios, “you get a lot of heat and it just comes with the territory.”
“I think the world is more divided and on edge than it has been, you know, for a very long time,” Murdoch, son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, added. “I think on the noise around it, so much of it is politicized … And so, you’ve got to be tough about it.”
The 50-year-old Murdoch took no responsibility for the world being more divided, on edge, and politicized.
Axios points out that a “broad array of Democratic officials and progressive groups have criticized Fox News, saying its hosts have referenced the ‘great replacement theory,’ a racist conspiracy theory that reportedly inspired the Buffalo shooter.”
Like his father, Lachlan Murdoch shares citizenship with Australia and the United States (but also with the U.K.)
Last week, former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt called on the United States government to revoke Rupert Murdoch’s U.S. citizenship. He said the 91-year-old Australian-born media titan is “the most venomous and dangerous foreigner to ever arrive on American soil.”
The January 6 Committee will prove a massive conspiracy. That conspiracy will likely involve @foxnews hosts and personalities. @rupertmurdoch is responsible for what happens on @foxnews, which has long claimed in Federal Court that is not news but entertainment.
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The Washington Post’s Philip Bump says Lachlan Murdoch is blaming “complaints about white nationalist rhetoric on jealousy.”
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The far right-wing activist whose work helped ignite millions of Americans into fighting against the specter of something they had never heard before and knew nothing about is now bragging about turning his tactics against corporate America’s support for the LGBTQ community – and he’s just issued a warning, or, some might say, a threat.
Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the right-wing Manhattan Institute, is the man behind the right’s false panic and fury over CRT, Critical Race Theory. He’s proudly said he wants to “have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think ‘critical race theory,'” and “put all of the various cultural insanities under that brand category.”
To Rufo, those “insanities” include support for LGBTQ people.
“Mr. Rufo has taken aim at opponents of a new Florida law that prohibits teachers in some grades from discussing L.G.B.T.Q. issues and that critics call ‘Don’t Say Gay,'” The New York Times reported last month. “He declared ‘moral war’ against the statute’s most prominent adversary, the Walt Disney Company. And he has used the same playbook that proved effective in his crusade on racial issues: a leak of insider documents.”
Rufo consulted on and appeared with Governor Ron DeSantis “at the signing of a bill known as the Stop W.O.K.E. Act, which bars teaching in workplaces and schools that anyone is inherently biased or privileged because of race or sex,” The Times added, noting that Rufo “warned Disney that an in-house program it had run that urged discussion of systemic racism was ‘now illegal in the state of Florida.'”
The signing was the culmination of Mr. Rufo’s long campaign to short-circuit corporate and school efforts at diversity and inclusion training.
On Monday news broke that State Farm, the insurance giant, had been supporting a program designed to put LGBTQ-supportive books into schools, libraries, and community centers. State Farm has been actively promoting its support of the LGBTQ community, but within hours the company dropped its support of the program, citing consumer complaints after a right-wing media outlet published a report.
Rufo is taking credit for the extensive vitriol being catapulted at State Farm, a century-old company whose “Like a good neighbor” slogan has been part of American culture for 50 years.
And now, just one week before LGBTQ Pride month, he’s very publicly threatening any other company that supports LGBTQ people, the LGBTQ community, diversity, or equality they will be next:
Disney was the proof of concept. State Farm is the working model. Other companies will be next.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) May 24, 2022
We developed a playbook with Disney that puts a price on companies that adopt woke ideology. Now others are falling in line: Netflix fires 100+ DEI employees, State Farm terminates its trans book program, and the Fortune 100 remains silent on Roe V. Wade. Keep the pressure on.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) May 24, 2022
“There are three ways to wage war against corporations: reputational, political, and financial,” Rufo adds. “With Disney, we drove public approval down to 33 percent, passed legislation to remove its special status, and helped tank the stock by $50 billion. That’s how we win.”
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