Steven Anderson, Hate-Spewing Tempe Pastor, Acquitted in Checkpoint Protest That Left Him Bloody

 

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Image: Steven Anderson
Steven Anderson was acquitted in the checkpoint stop that left him bloodied. Now he can get back to worrying about homosexuals.
​No fan of freedom could appreciate the draconian Border Patrol/Yuma County checkpoints on Interstate 8 near the Arizona-California.

These Third-World-style roadblocks thwart the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable search and seizure, courtesy of a still-disputed 1976 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows them within 100 miles of the international borders.

Still, we're not thrilled with the acquittal of Tempe Pastor Steven Anderson on charges related to his protest of an Arizona-side checkpoint, which left him Tased and bloodied.

It's not the outcome of the case that dampens our enthusiasm: People who protest these checkpoints ought to be treated humanely, not tortured with a Taser and brutalized.

But Anderson's no hero. He's a hate-spewing advocate of violence against innocents, and he claims his viewpoint is Biblically based.   

Anderson told a radio station last year he believes all homosexuals should be executed. Not only does the right-winger believe President Obama deserves to die -- he prays for Obama's death each night in his bedtime prayers.

Those are the sorts of evil sentiments that repel sympathy. When we first heard of the abusive checkpoint stop, we grew indignant when looking at Anderson's picture of his own bloodied face. It used to fill us with indignation -- until Anderson made his preachings public. Now the same picture just gives us a chuckle.

Yet, as mentioned, the outcome of his case could be seen as a great thing.

On Friday, a jury made up of citizens from Wellton, Arizona (folks who live near the checkpoint) acquitted Anderson of obstructing a highway and failing to obey a law officer.

It seems likely that both the state Department of Public Safety and Border Patrol will temper their response the next time someone protests the checkpoint like Anderson did.

The acquittal was the right decision -- but it could have happened to a nicer guy. 

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dahimm
dahimm

The truest test of our commitment to a free society -- when we support the rights of those we disagree with most vehemently. 

I am very troubled by the sentiments you express,

" ...we're not thrilled with the acquittal...  ...looking at Anderson's picture of his own bloodied face...  ...used to fill us with indignation -- until Anderson made his preachings public.  Now the same picture just gives us a chuckle."  You belie your own hateful attitude by "chuckling" at a face bloodied for no reason other than standing up for a constitutional right.

The same right he defended is the one you now use to condemn him.

geoh777
geoh777

It is not hate to want to see homosexuals executed.

 

For example, I don't waste my time hating murderers, but I do want to see them executed, especially to prevent their release to let them kill again.

Leemah69
Leemah69

Promoting Hate, violence and prejudice and calling it Christianity...I'd say KARMA came to bite him in the arse.

hermanni
hermanni

 @geoh777 wow this is a great analogy since all homosexuals are murderers. well done geoh

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