THE extremist church pastor from Arizona who made headlines last week after declaring the world could be AIDS-free if gay people were executed has been challenged by Phoenix TV anchor Mark Curtis.

Curtis’ opened his frank interview with Steve Anderson with the simple question of “have you always hated gay people”, followed by “when I heard your sermon, it sounded like the rantings of someone who was either a hate-monger or a religious zealot, and I’m wondering, which are you?”

Calling homosexuality a “capital crime”, Anderson was also asked how he would react if he had a gay son or daughter.

“Would you want them dead?” the KPNX TV anchor asked.

After the pastors explained how he believed people “become” gay, he finally answered: “If I did (have a gay son or daughter) I would have nothing to do with them.”

Anderson went on to compare children growing up to be gay like some one growing up to be an axe murderer of Adolf Hitler.

Curtis went on to challenge the pastor by saying he was hiding behind, and perverting, the Bible for his own vision of world.

In response, the pastor compared himself to Jesus by claiming people hated Jesus because he testified that their works were evil — just as people hated Anderson for supposedly doing the same.

“I believe that all homosexuals should be executed and anyone who is a Christian and doesn’t believe that is not a Christian,” the pastor said.

Watch the full interview below:

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