An anti-gay pastor, Steven L Anderson asked his followers to make a video about AIDS go ‘viral’ on the 1st December.
The video, entitled “AIDS: the Judgement of God” which is hosted on YouTube, has currently had over 18,000 views.
The hour long video has attracted over 500 comments, most of which are homophobic and anti-gay and point towards Leviticus, a passage in the bible which has often been used to prove that homosexuality is wrong within Christianity.
However many have argued that the writings can be interpreted to justify the stoning of gay men.
The Faithful Word Baptist Church has been listed as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, because Anderson refers to gay men as sodomites and who ‘recruit through rape,’ and ‘recruit through molestation’. Speaking about the church’s designation, Anderson said,
‘I do hate homosexuals and if hating homosexuals makes our church a hate group then that’s what we are.