The controversial anti-gay pastor Steven Anderson has been barred from South Africa, due to his critical remarks of homosexuality.
The pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Phoenix is one of the most homophobic preachers in the US. He previously said: ““If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.”
“Their blood shall be upon them. That, my friends, is the cure for AIDS. It was right there in the Bible all along.”
Anderson also praised the actions of the shooter in the Orlando massacre, saying: “The good news is that there’s 50 less paedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and paedophiles.”
“That’s who was a victim here… just a disgusting homosexuals at a gay bar. There is a full-on war going on! A bunch of filthy sodomite perverts are at war with us!”
Now, the pastor has been refused a visa as the South African constitution prohibits hate speech.
Anderson posted on Facebook after his visa was refused, saying: “I have been banned from South Africa AND the United Kingdom. I am not even allowed to have a connecting flight in London. ‘And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.’ – Acts 18:6.”
“I feel sorry for people who live in South Africa, but thank God we still have a wide open door in Botswana. Stand by for reports of MULTITUDES saved in Botswana, where religious freedom still exists.”
However, a brief visit to the comments section his post reveals that residents of Botswana do not welcome him either, so whether or not he travels there remains to be seen. One contributing factor to the barring of Anderson from South Africa was two petitions calling for his trip to the country to be cancelled, with a total of 60,000 signatures.
Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, spoke on the the barring of Anderson: “I have considered carefully the merits of this matter… we have a duty to prevent harm and hatred in all forms. Against the LGBTI is against any other person in a democratic state.”
“Steven Anderson and members/associates of his church are prohibited from entering the Republic of South Africa. I have identified [Anderson and associates] as undesirable persons. Undesirable persons are barred from travelling to South Africa. Accordingly, Steven Anderson will be advised he is prohibited from entering South Africa.”