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Anti-Semitic Pastor Steve Anderson Promotes Holocaust Denial

Steve Ander­son, the anti-Semitic pas­tor of the Faith­ful Word Bap­tist Church in Tempe, Ari­zona, denies the Holo­caust in a video he posted to YouTube last week, claim­ing that the mil­lions of Jews who were gassed and burned in ovens sim­ply died of hunger and dis­ease due to forced labor and war.

Steve Anderson

Steve Ander­son

In addi­tion to argu­ing that it would be impos­si­ble for the Nazis to have cre­mated a mil­lion Jews at Auschwitz, Ander­son claims that the slave labor­ers there got com­pen­sated for their work and could buy items at a com­mis­sary. He fur­ther asserts that Jews were able to play on a soc­cer team and act in musi­cals and plays at Auschwitz.

Ander­son also pro­motes other anti-Semitic claims. He asserts that Hitler and Zion­ists had the same goal of get­ting Jews to leave Ger­many and then accuses the Zion­ists of work­ing with the Nazis so that Jews would go to Pales­tine. He alleges that the Jews lied about the Holo­caust so that the state of Israel could be cre­ated and asserts that Jews stole the land from Arabs and then put them in “a giant con­cen­tra­tion camp known as Gaza.”

This video is also a pro­mo­tion piece for Anderson’s anti-Semitic film “March­ing to Zion.” The film, released in March 2015, refers to Judaism as the “syn­a­gogue of Satan” and claims that Jews are fol­low­ers of the Antichrist. He also asserts that Jews who deny that Jesus is the Mes­siah would lie about the Holo­caust. He argues, “Why would it sur­prise you that the peo­ple who deny the Christ, who deny that Jesus is the mes­siah, would lie to you about some­thing else?”

Ander­son warns that the “real Holo­caust” for the Jews will occur if they don’t accept Jesus as the Mes­siah. He says, “The real burnt offer­ing is going to be when all of these Jews that don’t believe in Jesus Christ go to hell for eter­nity. That’s the oven that they ought to be wor­ried about.”

At the end of the video, Ander­son rec­om­mends that his view­ers read a Holo­caust denial book writ­ten by Vic­tor Thorn, a writer for Amer­i­can Free Press, an anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented news­pa­per. With this Holo­caust denial video, Ander­son demon­strates that he is increas­ingly embrac­ing anti-Semitic ideologies.