A Baptist preacher’s anti-Semitic tirade against Sarah Silverman has the comedian fearing for her safety.
Silverman, who is Jewish, shared a clip to Twitter of an extremist anti-gay Christian pastor telling parishioners that she is a “witch” in a vile antisemitic sermon in which he called for prayers on Silverman’s death.
“This is Adam Fannin of the Stedfast Baptist Church in Florida and he is going to get me killed,” Silverman tweeted alongside the video.
This is Adam Fannin of the Stedfast Baptist Church in Florida and he is going to get me killed. pic.twitter.com/I6Us59o59v
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) August 8, 2019
Fannin used to be affiliated with the literalist Stedfast Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., but has since moved to the Law of Liberty Baptist Church in the same city.
During the sermon, Fannin said he hoped she dies because she would “put Jesus to death again.”
“You know these Jewish false prophets, anti-Christian, anti-God, they’re willing to put Jesus to death again,” Fannin says in the video. “You heard this comedian Sarah Silverman? You guys know who I’m talking about? She brags about ‘I’d do it again.’ Listen, she is a witch. She is a Jezebel. She is a God-hating whore of Zionism.”
“I hope that God breaks her teeth out and she dies. She is a wicked person and she is like the perfect representation of religious Judaism. She is Satan’s scoffer and she is there to take the world and make ’em laugh and then diss Jesus, try to take away the respect from Jesus.”
Fannin’s remarks were met with applause and cheers from those gathered at the Stedfast Church.
According to Silverman, Fannin’s speech was inspired by a troll who took one of her jokes out of context.
“It goes like this: Someone on the Right made a meme of a joke from Jesus Is Magic, a comedy special I did in character, and presented it as if I was saying it at a press conference. It’s a picture of me with the quote, ‘I’m glad the Jews killed Jesus. I’d do it again!’ And THAT is what triggered the pastor.”
“So, the person who made the meme knew it was comedy and intentionally repurposed it as real, knowing it would influence a swath of people who see it and share it everyday. And that’s America today. Incitements of violence based on lies and the disingenuous re-framings of truth.”
In a statement on their Facebook page, Stedfast Baptist distanced itself from Fannin, writing, “For those who haven’t been paying attention: Adam Fannin is NOT affiliated with Stedfast Jacksonville anymore. He started his own ‘church’ called Law of Liberty Baptist Church. Our pastor is Jonathan Shelley.”
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) August 9, 2019
“Definitely. This has crossed the line,” said Harry Litman, a former United States attorney and deputy assistant attorney general. “If police have not visited him and considered assessing his dangerousness, they are being derelict and have a lot to answer for. The [District Attorney] down there is [Sharen Wilson] – she needs to be sure there is a follow-up here.”