U.S based anti-gay Pastor Steven Anderson has been finally banned from entering South Africa.
The pastor was initially granted permission to evangelize in South Africa by the Home Affairs department on the condition that he does not attack the LGBTI community.
”We have a precedent regarding a US citizen on which we acted decisively, for the person to leave the country. There will be serious conditions attached to this visit; we will not hesitate to deport or charge him for wrongdoing.”
– Mayihlome Tshwete, Home Affairs spokesperson.
Judging from previous records, that task was clearly too much of a request from the American pastor who blatantly has no room for “sodomites”.
The founder of the Faithful Word Baptist Church, Pastor Steven Anderson preaches that homosexuality is an abomination punishable by the death. He has bluntly said that all involved in it deserve extermination.
After the nation’s refusal to grant him a visa, the pastor gave his rather undisturbed reaction on Facebook,
“I feel sorry for people who live in South Africa, but thank God we still have a wide open door in Botswana.”
Pastor Steven Anderson had earlier blamed South African Christians for turning a blind eye towards the LGBTI issue. He also said that South Africa no longer has religious freedom.
As much as 60 signatures were collected in petition against his coming. The Home affairs department decided to allow the pastor anyways.
Recent report however has emerged saying that the Pastor is hereby banned from entering the country.
The Home Affairs Minister said the decision to ban him was constitutional.
“I have identified Steven Anderson as an undesirable person to travel to South Africa,” said Malusi Gigaba, Home Affairs Minister.