But the tasering fun wasn't good enough, they grabbed him and ground his face into the broken glass of his vehicle. Then the Department they represent later complained when he had the nerve to post his assault images on youtube the next day.
Freedom's Phoenix has followed his story ever since, and will continue to do so. But we are under no impression that Mr. Anderson is a libertarian and holds the same beliefs as us. Nor does he have to. He can be whomever he is and we would support him on this issue because he is in the right and he, as an individual, has had the enormous courage to stand up to the police state who violate our Rights every day.
Several of our friends -- both libertarian and others -- have expressed dismay when we publish an article that is negative or they perceive harmful to Steven Anderson's image. But Steven Anderson is who he is. And now that he is famous he is open to scrutiny. In this case Steven Anderson is a strict Baptist pastor; fire and brimstone, burning hell, old testament thumping preacher. So guess what? He has uncompromising and unfavorable opinions on homosexuals and President Obama. Is this surprising?
Whatever else he is or has to say is not relevant to this issue. His notoriety may bring him more attention (publicity) for his ideas, and that is just fine. They are his opinions and I will not shy away from disagreeing with him when I so disagree. I also will not shy away from seeing to it that Freedom's Phoenix publishes a link to his attackers when they have something substantive to say. After all he attacked them, seems only fitting that they get to reply. Pastor Anderson is a grown man, fully capable of defending himself and his positions. The two postings on Freedom's Phoenix so far are not groundless attacks upon him but referenced comments upon his ideas and have every right to be present upon our front page.
I would rather know the man I am defending up front now than be blind sided and distracted by things he believes later. And no matter how vile and contemptible his enemies may claim him to be, it still does not mean he was not 100% within his Rights to refuse to cooperate at that internal government checkpoint. And 100% within his Rights to complain about the brutal consequences heaped upon him at that checkpoint by those who have taken a sacred oath to first and foremost (actually solely in the case of the DPS thugs) defend Pastor Anderson's individual Rights, and betrayed that oath. And I am 100% committed to defending his Rights on this issue no matter the man. I hope you are too...even if Pastor Anderson disagrees with and attacks your decisions.