by Dr. Joel McDurmon

Just as soon as the world was greeted with the Islamic terroristic murder of 50 patrons of a homosexual bar, it was also greeted with the verbal terror of “Pastor” Steven Anderson casually celebrating the “good news” of their deaths because they’re “a bunch of disgusting perverts and pedophiles,” who “were all going to die early anyway.”

In a rant that is as ignorant of what the Bible actually says as it is shockingly void of compassion, Anderson states he is “just trying to look on the bright side” when he opines of the “dangerous” homosexual victims, “At least they’re off the street,” and dismisses their murder by saying, “I’m not sad about it. I’m not going to cry about it. . . . They were all going to die early anyway.”

Let’s be clear: even if Anderson’s view of the Bible were true (it’s not), it would still hardly be the time and place for publicly rejoicing in the face of grieving friends and families. The lust to jump immediately in front of a camera to share such cold indifference and vacant empathy should give us as much to think about as the presence of Islamic extremists among us.

But let’s be even clearer: Anderson’s view of the Bible is flat ignorant. Here is the view on which he bases his heartless rhetoric. He says,

“I will say this. The Bible says that homosexuals should be put to death, in Leviticus 20:13. . . . [God] put the death penalty on murder, and he also put the death penalty on homosexuality. That’s what the Bible says.”

That is absolutely not what the Bible says. Leviticus 20:13 does not criminalize homosexuality. It is a sin, to be sure, but not a crime, and was certainly not punished with the death penalty. The verse says, “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” Read it again. Even under that old law, no one was a criminal for merely being a homosexual or having homosexual inclinations. The only thing criminalized was the act of sodomy between two males. Nothing else.

Further, this act would have had to have been proven in a court of law on the testimony of two witnesses to the act—a highly unlikely event. These witnesses, if proven false, would themselves be liable to the very death penalty they had wished to inflict.

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