Here’s an example how one stupid, misled man can cast a shadow on the entire pro-life movement. reported yesterday:

A Phoenix-area pastor has started to draw protesters to his congregation after he delivered a sermon titled, “Why I Hate Barack Obama,” and told his parishioners that he prays for President Obama’s death.

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Pastor Steven Anderson stood by his sermon in an interview with MyFOXPhoenix, which reports that the pastor continues to encourage his parishioners to join him in praying for the president’s death.
“I hope that God strikes Barack Obama with brain cancer so he can die like Ted Kennedy and I hope it happens today,” he told MyFOXPhoenix on Sunday. He called his message “spiritual warfare” and said he does not condone killing….

Anderson’s inflammatory message stems in part from Obama’s abortion-rights stance.
In Anderson’s controversial sermon, delivered at his Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe before Obama arrived for a speech in Phoenix earlier in the month, the pastor said he wants the president to “melt like a snail” with salt on it.
“I’m gonna pray that he dies and goes to hell when I go to bed tonight. That’s what I’m gonna pray,” he told his congregation….

Here’s the report…

anderson bloody.jpgIn April a tazed and bloody Anderson posted a video complaining his 4th Amendment rights had been violated when he refused to let the border patrol search his car for drugs or stowaways. The guy has a history of fundamentalism to the extreme.
As reader Ed wrote, when sending me this story:

Obviously, we all have to temper our righteousness indignation at abortion. John the Baptist didn’t call for Herod’s death, but his repentance (Luke 3:19)… [and] Jesus rebuked His disciples for wanting to call fire down from Heaven on some Samaritans (Luke 9:51-56)….
We all want to be passionate and zealous in the service of our Lord. We just have to be careful, like the disciples referenced above, that we don’t acquire the wrong spirit.

That’s an understatement. “‘Melt like a snail’ with salt on it”? Wow, weird.