Iceland: "A Nation Of Bastards" - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland: “A Nation Of Bastards”

Published April 27, 2016

Once again, an American fundamentalist Christian has moral objections to how Icelanders live their lives.

As CNN’s The Wonder List points out, having children out of wedlock in Iceland is fairly commonplace, with about 67% of children in Iceland born outside of marriage.

RÚV reports that this has drawn anger and condemnation from American preacher/conspiracy theorist Steven Anderson, who devoted an entire sermon to Iceland entitled “A Nation of Bastards”.

Citing the Old Testament, Steven talks at length about how Icelanders are proud to be a nation of bastards, when in reality they ought to be ashamed, adding that Iceland was a “feminist hell”.

This is not the first time that American fundamentalist Christians have had moral objections to how Icelanders conduct their society. Many American conservative Christians were outraged when Iceland fully legalised same-sex marriage, for example, and also objected to Icelandic efforts to block homophobic preacher Franklin Graham from visiting Iceland.


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