Pastor Steven Anderson is a good example of why folks are leaving Christianity. As the Pew Research Center reports:
The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing…
Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups.
The Right’s Phony Christians lay blame for all of society’s ills on folks turning away from the Bible. But it has nothing to do with turning away from the Bible, or my personal favorite: “Removing prayer from schools”. What’s causing people to leave Christianity is the abundance of fringe “religious” mouthpieces who have taken center stage in recent years, folks like “Pastor” Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona:
Mr. Anderson is a prime example of the hateful, vile, despicable people who have come to represent the Far Right’s version of “Christianity”.
This “Pastor” has made statements like:
“…if you executed the homos, like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant…”
Of Bruce Jenner: “I have no love for this Bruce freak. I hope he dies today, I hope he dies and goes to Hell…”
Of President Obama: “I hope that God strikes Barack Obama with brain cancer so he can die like Ted Kennedy and I hope it happens today.”
Has called Holocaust survivors “paid liars”.
Of women who attend his “church”: “… “let the woman learn in silence with all subjection… when I’m preaching, women should not express their opinion, even if it’s a positive opinion, even if she agrees with me.”
“Pastor” Steven Anderson is just one of a group of pseudo-religious folks such as Robertson, Graham, Fischer, Barton, Rios, and Perkins among others, whose vile rhetoric has been documented by Right Wing Watch.
The fact is, Christianity will continue to see its numbers decline when the only “Christians” in the news are those who have failed miserably at it.