A homophobic minister from Phoenix, Arizona has been warned by the South African government not to preach hate on his upcoming visit, or he may find himself deported.
From the Faithful Word Baptist Church, Pastor Steven Anderson has previously been known to do things like preach for the end of AIDS by stoning all the "homos" to death, adding: “I do hate homosexuals and if hating homosexuals makes our church a hate group then that’s what we are.”
He also celebrated 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."
So, yeah. He's a real sweetheart.
Anyway, he's planning a trip to South Africa this month to try to recruit more members to his church, because I suppose he wants to take on the Westboro Baptist Church for the title of "biggest and best hate-spewing church".
LGBTQIA+ leaders and the South African Human Rights Commission have been in talks with Malusi Gigaba, South Africa's Home Affairs minister, with activists urging him not to allow Anderson into the country, reports Independent Online.
“We have weighed the options available regarding the visit of the United States pastor. We’ve also considered the letter from the SA Human Rights Commission and the position of the LGBTI community," Gigaba said.
“This is a highly sensitive matter that had to be tackled with extreme caution. If it is his intention to visit South Africa again, it would be in his best interest to behave in accordance with our laws.
“There will be serious conditions attached to this visit; we will not hesitate to deport or charge him for wrongdoing.”
Gigaba also noted that they may still block Anderson's visit, so it could still turn out... kind of like this: