Baptist pastor Steven Anderson of Tempe, Arizona, is at it again. This time, he's calling for
homos gay folks to be killed as a cure for AIDS (never mind that the majority of people in the world living with HIV-AIDS are African heterosexuals, including millions of children). As Frederick Clarkson reminds us, in 2009, this man of God called on his church members to pray for the death of President Obama and encouraged a member of his congregation to carry an automatic rifle when the president spoke in Phoenix.
It would be tempting to dismiss all this, and say that there are always such people out there and that it isn't really much to worry about. While it is true, that there are and there probably always will be such people, groups, and violent ideologies -- it is also true that things do not stay the same, and there are dynamic moments in history, where violence erupts. Very often the people involved have been planning and waiting for their moment for a long time.
I think this is a conclusion to which we'd be wise to listen carefully.