An Arizona pastor with a history of anti-Semitism has announced the upcoming release of a new “documentary” that will focus on the “history of the Jews.” Steve Anderson, the pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church, an independent Baptist church in Tempe, is co-producing the film “Marching to Zion” with Paul Wittenberger, a conspiracy-oriented filmmaker from Los Angeles.
According to its marketing copy, the upcoming film, dubbed “Marching to Zion,” will cover a number of subjects, ranging from “scriptural evidence that the Jews are no longer God’s chosen people” to claiming that “Judaism’s Messiah” is the Antichrist to the “blasphemous teachings of the Talmud and Kabbalah.”
Anderson denigrates Judaism in a number of clips on YouTube designed to publicize “Marching to Zion.” The titles betray their hateful nature, including: “The Jews are the Racists,” “Taking Part in the Jews’ Evil Deeds,” “Jews are Antichrists,” and “Jewish Synagogue = Synagogue of Satan.” The film will also feature Texe Marrs, a Texas-based pastor with a lengthy history of anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories.
Additionally, the film includes interviews with rabbis and Jewish leaders from the Phoenix area, who maintain they were unaware of Anderson’s background or apparent intentions. Anderson has already used these interviews to attack Judaism in some of his sermons, which suggests that the film will do so as well. In a two-part sermon this past July titled “The Jews and Their Lies,” Anderson claims that one rabbi stated that stealing was okay. “That’s why the Jews believe it’s okay to steal from Gentiles,” continued Anderson, “As long as they don’t steal from each other.” Later in the sermon, echoing an ancient anti-Semitic trope, he misrepresents the Kol Nidre prayer that Jews say on the Day of Atonement, claiming that “every contract, agreement, oath, vow that they’ve made for the last 12 months and the for next 12 months is all null and void…which allows them to lie, cheat, steal and break contracts.”
In his sermons, Anderson also claims that Jews will lead the way in accepting the Antichrist as the Messiah. He paints Jews as an evil force and claims God has rejected Jews, since Jews do not accept Jesus as the Messiah. Anderson proclaims that much of Judaism is based on lies. For example, he asserts that Jews don’t believe in the Torah, that the Talmud (the body of Jewish law) is “the most wicked, blasphemous work ever written,” and that the land of Israel does not belong to the Jews because they rejected Jesus. He also claims that the Jews killed Jesus and that Jews blame the Holocaust on Christianity.
“People will be shocked and blown away by the information in this film,” states the film’s marketing copy. The film is scheduled for a March 2015 release.