Pastor Deported from Botswana after Saying Gays and Lesbians Should be Killed
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Sep 21
ChristianToday.com reports that U.S. pastor Steven Anderson made controversial comments after the June shooting that killed 49 at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Anderson had praised the shooting, saying that there were now “50 less pedophiles in this world.”
Because of these comments, Anderson was barred from coming to South Africa where he had planned to visit.
He instead went to Botswana where he said that gays and lesbians should be killed and that women should not be allowed to preach in church during an interview with a local radio station in Botswana's capital, Gaborone.
Government authorities reportedly arrested Anderson at the radio station and proceeded to deport him.
"He was picked up at the radio station. I said they should pick him up and show him out of the country," said Botswana’s president, Ian Khama. "We don't want hate speech in this country. Let him do it in his own country."
Anderson, however, maintained that he was leaving the country of his own accord.
"I am not being arrested. I am leaving Botswana voluntarily,” he told witnesses at the radio station. He added that he enjoyed being in Botswana.
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Publication date: September 21, 2016