Christian pastor wants all Syrian refugees destroyed, ‘Even their women, children and animals’

An Alabama pastor suggested that lawmakers should turn to the Old Testament and follow instructions to indiscriminately “destroy” all Syrian refugees.

Ted Sessoms, a pastor at Arbor Springs Baptist Church in Northport, AL, published a letter in the Alabama Baptist newsletter, implying that every refugee was a terrorist who aimed to “destroy our way of life” and called for all refugees, including their “women, children and animals” to be killed.

Sessoms wrote:

At the risk of being an outcast or considered a narrow-minded bigot, I must express my disagreement and disappointment with out Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leaders in regards to the Syrian refugee crisis. I am against allowing the refugees the rights to America’s soil and my neighborhood. These are the same people that hate America, hate Christians and have vowed to take over the world by destroying our way of life. Perhaps our leaders should study the Old Testament when God gave specific instructions to destroy these people (even their women, children and animals). Why would He give such instructions? Because He knew the impact these idol worshippers of false gods would have on His people. It is not a matter of loving your neighbor. My neighbors are the people that value the same standards of life and way of life that I value.

We owe it to our children and grandchildren to make good decisions for their future in America. And opening up our country to ten of thousands of refugees with their unknown background but known hatred for Christianity and America will destroy any future our children may have.

These are the same people that are willing to give their lives to carry out their commitment to Allah. They don’t have to be considered terrorists to hate Christians. Their religious conviction cause them that hatred.

What we will see is not more SBC churches being established but more mosques. What we will see is their way and their customs being forced on us to either observe or make way for us to give up our rights to observe their rights. They are victims of a more powerful force of Muslims within their own country but they are not victims when it comes to their lifelong hatred of us and our belief in Christ. It makes no sense to say to them, “I know you hate us and I know you want to destroy our country and way of life, and I know you will eventually find a way to kill us, but come on it anyways and live among us until you gain the strength and power to overcome us.” Has the SBC been turned over to a reprobate mind?

Dr. Daniel Akin, president of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina, called Sessom’s letter “an embarrassment to the gospel and the one who told us to love our neighbor and our enemies.” Other Baptist pastors and parishioners spoke out against Sessom’s hateful letter.

Although many of his fellow Christians were disgusted by Sessoms’s call for biblical violence, Alabama and other parts of the country have a deep distrust of the refugees. Alabama governor Robert Bentley has sworn to block any attempts to place refugees in the state. On a national level, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are using their base’s paranoia and distrust of the refugees to their advantage during the 2016 election.

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    January 28, 2016 at 2:33 pm

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    January 28, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Today’s version of a “christian” often makes Pinhead look like Goldilocks.

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    January 28, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    “At the risk of being an outcast or considered a narrow-minded bigot…” No risk, you are a bigot. But that has started to be a Xtian trait.

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    Carolyn Clark

    January 28, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    As a Pagan clergywoman, it is appalling to me that any clergyperson of any faith would call-apparently entirely seriously-that thousands of people should be murdered in the name of any religion for any reason, let alone the simple offenses of being of a different faith and being browner than this pastor, for I am convinced that such venomous hatred must have a component of racial bigotry. For years I have been reminding people that not all Christians are like this. I am getting tired of doing that, when I see no Christian clergypersons, even in my own community of St. Louis City and St. Louis County, stepping up to repudiate the ravings of these bigots spreading their poisonous message throughout this country. Even I am late with condemnation. I will have to contact the Board of Directors of my Church for permission to speak for the Church on this matter.

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    Simon Peters

    January 28, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    The pastor shold rest assured there is no “risk of being considered a narrow-minded bigot” ; he has established that is EXACTLY what he is.

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    January 29, 2016 at 2:20 am

    30Jan16…..No worries here about refugees. Give it a little time and they will ALL have gone back from whence they came. Already in Canada, of the 20,000 that have arrived and are being ‘ housed ‘ in boxes, they have become so disillusioned that they cannot go out because of the cold, they cannot meet and carry on with their own kind because of separation, they cannot get the things they want because their husbands no longer avail themselves to the ‘ spoils ‘ of war, they cannot put their kids outside because there are no playgrounds inside the concrete cities, they cannot eat the same ‘ garbage ‘ as Westerners do and want to cook on open fires as they have always done, they do not have market places to go to to pick out their spices and fresh fish and veggies familiar to them, they cannot keep goats for fresh milk, they cannot harass and fight with the Jews because they cannot tell one if they see one in the city as quickly as seeing Jews in Israel, they cannot cloth themselves in their traditional clothing because to do so would only make them look like ‘ mummers ‘, they cannot run quickly to the local doctor because they don’t know what to do, and they cannot communicate because they don’t know how to rear nor write…..even in their own language. As such, they are strangers in a strange land and those schidt-for-brains that thought they were being so kind and helpful just didn’t give any thought to the mess they were creating. When it comes to people like these, there’s more brains in a bottle of wadda…..Go figure…

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    January 29, 2016 at 5:01 am

    And what have you done to help your fellow human beings. I find you to be more vile and more despicable than language allows me to express. I’d rather live with 10,000 refugees than one hate filled asshole like you. Perverted beyond compare.

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    Simon Peters

    January 29, 2016 at 5:08 am

    I’m with Kit9, you should be ashamed of yourself.

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    January 29, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Thanks! These kinds of hate filled, morons drive me up the wall.

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    January 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Perhaps we need to realize that this page is the Fox News of religion: find the bizarre and make it out to be the norm. If you don’t appreciate Fox you should not appreciate this either. If you have questions, google, “Christian groups help Syrian refugees.”

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    January 30, 2016 at 5:42 am

    You know Tom I know so many “christians” just like you. Deny till you are blue in the face. I live in the South and could show you 100 churches in my county alone that agree with this hate filled and ignorant minister. Ignorance of the truth doesn’t change facts at all!

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    January 31, 2016 at 2:59 am

    01Feb16…..Mission accomplished. Ps: You two eeejits ( Kit9 and Simeon Patre ) otta go live with these refugees. The French and Germans have had it up to the ‘ nines ‘ as was witnessed just Saturday. Imagine one small town in Germany with a population of 90 ( yes 90 ) woke up to find 1100 ( yes 100 ) Syrian refugees in town being looked after by the Taxpayer…..Go figure…

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    January 31, 2016 at 3:04 am

    01Feb16…..Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa…..previous comment should read ‘ 1100 ( yes 1100 ) ‘

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    January 31, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Bob Loblah only the lowest of animals fear without cause. Only the lowest and most insecure of humans would deny other human beings housing, food and love. I think you know which one that you are and by the way….it is your hate and intolerance which is profoundly Un-American so YOU go live somewhere else.

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    Simon Peters

    January 31, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Blobyah The incoherence of your ‘reply’ proves there is no point in arguing with a fool.

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    January 31, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    01Feb16…..There are some respondents herein who don’t know their arse from a hole in the ground…and that includes you Kit9…..Go figure…

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