An Arizona pastor has been banned from entering South Africa for an evangelical event because of his extreme teachings on homosexuality. In 2014 he suggested LGBT people should be killed to control the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful World Baptist Church was scheduled to visit South Africa this month for a series of evangelical events. However, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba refused to issue visas to the Arizona pastor and his church members, causing them to scrap their planned trip, Christian Today (CT) details.
In a statement, Gigaba cited the Immigration Act of 2002, which prohibits South Africa from admitting foreigners who are most likely to "promote hate speech of advocate social violence." He also said the Gay Radio SA presented more than 60,000 petitions to them pleading for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community to be protected.
South Africa was the first country in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage in 2006, and Pastor Anderson's views clash with the nation's stance on gay issues. CT says the entry ban stemmed from the pastor's comments in 2014 when he called for LGBT people to be killed to control the spread of HIV and AIDS. He also stirred controversy recently when he labeled the victims of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting "pedophiles."
This is not the first time that Pastor Anderson has been banned from entering a country over his teachings on gay issues. Last week, the Metro reported that the Arizona minister was banned from the United Kingdom.
In a video blog, Anderson is heard ranting about police at an airport who told him that he was not allowed to enter the United Kingdom.
"I got there, checked my bags, gave my passport, went through security ... and I'm sitting outside the gate when I get paged by security," said Anderson in his video post. "They tell me that the United Kingdom has banned me from entering the country and that I can't even have a connecting flight in London."
Anderson was supposed to go to Botswana, but the recent development caused him to take another route going to his destination.