Botswana Deports US Pastor Over Anti-Gay Comments


Botswana is set to deport a US anti-gay pastor, Steven Anderson, a week after he was barred from South Africa because of his critical remarks about homosexuality.

Steven Anderson who was arrested after doing a radio interview in the capital, Gaborone on Tuesday, has been  a “prohibited immigrant” by the government.the government said in a brief statement.

The government said in a brief statement:

“This is to confirm the Pastor Steven Anderson, a citizen of the United States of America, has been declared a Prohibited Immigrant and as such is being deported from Botswana.”

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Mr. Anderson runs the Faithful Word Baptist Church, which believes and preaches that homosexuality is an abomination punishable by the death penalty.

The Christian preacher arrived in Botswana last Thursday for a “soul-winning” event, after he was banned from visiting South Africa over his characterization of gays as “sodomites” and “paedophiles.”

Steven Anderson reportedly  prayed for the death of US President Barack Obama in 2009 over his pro-choice stance on abortion, and called the victims of the November 2015 attack on the Bataclan nightclub in Paris “devil worshippers”.

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Pastor Anderson being escorted out of Gabz FM

After the deadly shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this year, he was quoted to have said “there are 50 fewer paedophiles in this world”.

Speaking in Gabz FM Botswana on Tuesday morning, Anderson criticised “drunkenness and alcoholism” and repeated his views on homosexuality, calling a gay guest on the show “disgusting”. He should be killed,” he said.

Soon after his remarks, Immigration officials arrived at the studio and escorted pastor Anderson to the immigration department to be deported.Also See: A Bishop Of The Church Of England Reveals He Is Gay 

Anderson’s church is based in the US state of Arizona and describes itself as an “old-fashioned, independent, fundamental, King James Bible only, soul-winning Baptist church”.