Friday, March 13, 2015

#1315: Steven Andrew

Steven Andrew is the president of USA Christian Ministries and authoer of Making a Strong Christian Nation, a book about – surprise – the imagined decline of America and the cause of siad decline: God’s judgment on Americans’ increasing godlessness and worship of “foreign gods.” “It is time to decide once more between blessings and curses, and life and death. Which do you prefer?” asks Andrew.

And you know where this is going. It’s the gays. In his youtube-delivered “God’s State of the Union,” a response to Obama, he warned that “people like Barack Obama have a totally different vision of America. His vision is to follow Satan, and we know this because of his homosexual sin that he just is open about, bringing homosexual sin to the military, to every part of the nation. This brings God’s wrath and his judgment.” He also blamed the difficulties of the Iraq War on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: “The military court-martialed homosexuals so God would bless the military! Look, with Barack Obama bringing homosexual sin to the military, they can’t even win in Iraq!”

Andrew was one of many wingnuts who attacked Starbucks in 2012 for speaking out in favor of equal rights for gays and lesbians, lamenting how the company had decided to “follow Satan” and was “turning against God”. “Starbucks is no longer fashionable. If your church still uses Starbucks, then your pastor is a friend of the world” and among the “haters of God.” Also Leviticus. He subsequently extended his attacks to Google and Amazon as well , charging them with “working against Jesus and leading people to sin and to possibly go to hell.”

Diagnosis: No wonder someone like Peter LaBarbera laments how the pro-marriage equality side is poisoning the well in debates over marriage equality. Hey, I can even imagine that an upstanding citizen like Steven Andrew may end up being portrayed in a negative light by some of these activists.

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