- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 10, 2019

A video shared Thursday by comedian Sarah Silverman that showed a Florida pastor calling her a “God-hating whore of Zionism” and rooting for her death has gone viral.

In the video, Pastor Adam Fannin of the Law of Liberty Baptist Church delivers an anti-Semitic sermon that criticizes Ms. Silverman as the “perfect representation of religious Judaism.” Ms. Silverman tweeted the video Thursday, saying she fears his words are going to get her “killed.”

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“These Jewish, false prophets, anti-Christian, anti-God — they’re willing to put Jesus to death again,” Mr. Fannin says in the video. “Have you heard of this comedian Sarah Silverman? You guys know what I’m talking about? She bragged about it, ‘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 them laugh and then diss Jesus, try to take away the respect for Jesus.”

The video has racked up millions of views, with many fans urging Ms. Silverman to alert the authorities.

It is not clear exactly when the clip dates from, but it looks similar in style to other videos Mr. Fannin appeared in while he was a pastor at the literalist Stedfast Baptist Church, which is also in Jacksonville, Newsweek reported.

Ms. Silverman explained on Twitter that the pastor was reacting to a 2005 joke she made about Jesus during her “Jesus is Magic” comedy special, which she said as taken 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,” the comedian wrote Thursday. “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,” she added. “And that’s America today. Incitements of violence based on lies and the disingenuous re-framings of truth.”

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