September 20, 2016 at 6:38 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Botswana deports anti-LGBT U.S. pastor

steven_anderson_460x470_courtesy_facebookThe government of Botswana announced on Tuesday it has deported an anti-LGBT U.S. pastor from the country.

Steven Anderson told a Botswana radio station during an interview on Tuesday that the government should kill gays and lesbians. He also described the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., as “disgusting homosexuals who the Bible says were worthy of death.”

Botswana immigration officers were with Anderson when he left the radio station.

Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana said it received a report that Anderson assaulted someone who attended his church service on Monday. The advocacy group wrote on its blog that Anderson called the person “a fag, a homosexual and with a mouth full of AIDS” before he was forcibly removed.

LGBT rights advocates launched a petition last week that urged the Botswana government to ban Anderson from entering the country.

Anderson, who is a pastor at the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., arrived in Botswana on Sept. 15. The government of neighboring South Africa announced earlier this month that it had banned him from entering the country.

A State Department official referred the Washington Blade to the Botswana government for comment “on their policy regarding individuals affiliated with the Faithful World Baptist Church.”

Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana criticized the government from allowing Anderson into the country. The group nevertheless applauded the decision to deport him and “in the process defended its citizens.”

“We applaud the people of Botswana who have stood with us to protect, defend and promote human rights in our country,” said Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • This is a great day for Africa. Let all the Christian Colonialists take note.

  • We don’t want him here, either. Let’s get every country to ban him.

  • The hypocrisy of American “freedom of speech” – if this guy was a Muslim saying the same things about Christians, he would have been in a cell within hours. But a so-called “Christian” can promote terrorism, massacres, murder and mayhem under the brand of their “faith” and absolutely not a f-ing peep from the right-wing.
    America needs to grow up. Freedom of speech should NOT permit threats of violence against others, regardless of your delusional beliefs.
    This man needs to be in a cell, just as he would if he were Muslim and promoting the same violence and hate.

  • I’ve got a lot of respect for the government & people of Botswana.

  • The US Government should respect its U.S. LGBT citizens and ban Anderson from ever re-entering the country as a threat! Let him be a man without a country! Set him adrift on the sea!

    Ask Trump if he thinks Anderson’s advocacy of execution for GLBT merits him being banned from the US as he says he would protect GLBT from Terrorism! Or does it apply only to Muslims but not christians?

    Anderson should be greeted with rotting onions and tomatoes!

  • finally! African countries are beginning to take note and not let some Euro or American individual come in and tell it how to treat its PEOPLE as second class citizens. Christianity wasn’t an African thing before the colonists came and converted the natives and made them view their culture and beliefs of their ancestors as demonic.

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