Controversial Arizona pastor Steven Anderson, the firebrand KJV-Onlyist from the 300-member Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, AZ, was the victim of a dangerous prank call this past Monday after an anonymous caller phoned 911, claiming there were multiple dead bodies that he had shot and killed his wife.
Anderson, who is known for his rigorous Independent Fundamentalist Baptist theology, hatred of Calvinism, and open glee at the thought of homosexuals being killed, said law enforcement arrived on scene in overwhelming force, including helicopters over his home.
AZ Family reports:
(Wife) Zsuzsanna Anderson said it happened Monday afternoon while eight of her children were at the house and her husband was talking on a live podcast downstairs. Her kids were playing outside when they told her a helicopter was flying really close to their yard.
“I’m like, ‘yeah, no worries. I’m sure they’re looking for somebody,’” said Anderson. “Then the helicopter started saying something like surrender and come up with your hands up, and I’m like what? What is he talking about?”
She started recording the chopper but had no clue it was there for her family.
“An officer popped over the wall, and she’s like, ‘mam, I’m going to need you to go outside,” said Anderson. “I’m like, ‘you’re here for me?’ I’m like, ‘no, you have the wrong address.’” When Anderson got to the front of the house, she saw officers lining her street. “When I came to the door, I saw my 13-year-old walking out with her hands up, squad cars in a semi-circle around, doors open, officers there with riffles tried on her.”
She said officers patted her down, finding nothing, and later told her this all started when they got a welfare call for her house.
“The caller escalated and said, ‘oh, now he has a gun. This is Steven Anderson. He’s a pastor, and he’s just shot and killed his wife, and he’s saying he’s doing this in the name of God,’” said Anderson.
Swatting is extremely dangerous and is designed to terrorize its victims, with there being a not insignificant chance that someone could have died as a result. Given that Anderson is a lightning rod for controversy, he has no shortage of haters who may have called it in.
Anderson has the dubious distinction of being banned from 34 countries, including every English-speaking developed country. You don’t get to say things like “If I had a button right here on this pulpit, I could just push this button and every fag would just fall over dead. I would push it until it breaks,” without raising a few eyebrows.
Two years ago, Anderson’s videos were purged from many social media sites for violating their terms and conditions, with Anderson’s YouTube pages having uploaded nearly 7000 videos, which were watched by more than 135,000 subscribers, and resulting in over 100 million views.
Perhaps the most famous swatting incident occurred in Kansas. According to News Nation Now:
“A well-known victim of swatting was 28-year-old Andrew Finch who died in 2017 when he was fatally shot by law enforcement responding to a fake hostage threat in Wichita, Kansas….Finch, unaware his house was being raided by swat teams, answered the door to the swat teams and was shot by police.
….Tyler Rai Barriss…who was responsible for dozens of other swattings, pleaded guilty to 51 federal charges and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.