Derek, this sounds like a good way to blow up or burn down your house. The pipe probably has gas in it--or you must assume that it does. It is common to leave gas piping to the area of the kitchen where the stove would probably go. When you buy a new stove, this gives you the choice of gas or electric.
Please call a plumber to remove the pipe if you really want to. It is not that big a job but the plumber will make sure that it is done safely. Even if gas is not currently being used at all in your house, the pipe must be capped off again in case someone that does not know that the open pipe exists has the gas turned on.
If nothing else, call the gas company. If you are not a current gas customer, they still might be willing to safely remove the pipe.