Arizona Pastor Steven Anderson warned his congregation recently that birth control was not only turning women into "whores," it was also destroying the country.
In a sermon posted online this week, the Faithful Word Baptist Church leader explained that contraception was "not something Christians should be practicing," even though he acknowledged that 99 percent of Christians believed it was acceptable.
Anderson pointed out that God, in the book of Genesis, had made childbearing painful to punish women for their Original Sin, adding that the husband "shall rule over thee."
He argued that feminism had "given women the power" to decide when to have children for themselves, allowing them to have careers and follow other interests.
"It used to be a young women, she gets married, she has children, and that's her job," he lamented. "They literally count my wife as unemployed! She's not unemployed, she doesn't want to be employed. I mean, she's a wife, she's a mother."
Anderson said that danger of birth control was that it had "systemic effects" on a woman's health and her "character."
"Not only does birth control do damage to women, it hurts their body if they’re using the pills. And it also affects their character, causing them to be an idle, tattler, gossip, turning aside after Satan," he insisted.
Women would "get into sin" if they were not "busy" raising children, Anderson said.
Anderson noted that Annette Funicello, a star of the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s, had promoted birth control for a 1960s-era advertisement. At one point, he even began to sing "fornicate with me" to the tune of the Mickey Mouse Club March theme song.
"It promotes promiscuity, it promotes whoredom!" he advised, reading from the Bible: "Do not prostitute thy daughter to cause her to be a whore, lest the land fall to whoredom and the land become full of wickedness!"
"A land can call to whoredom!" he exclaimed. "And the United States today, fits that bill. If anybody has ever fit that bill, it's the United States of America."
(h/t: Friendly Atheist)
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