Festival Mall vows to deny entry to anti-gay US pastor

2016-07-15 08:44
Pastor Steven Anderson (Screengrab)

Pastor Steven Anderson (Screengrab)

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Johannesburg - The owners of the Festival Mall in Kempton Park intend to stop a homophobic pastor from the US from setting foot on its premises.

“We do not allow any political or religious movements to canvas or preach on Growthpoint property, and if any attempt is made by Pastor L Anderson to do so, he will be summarily removed,” Growthpoint Properties CEO Norbet Sasse said in a statement on Thursday.

They had however not received any application from him, his organisation, or his followers, to host a gathering at the mall.

According to an itinerary posted on Facebook by Anderson’s Faithful Word Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, he would arrive in Johannesburg in September with about 20 other people, to hold a "soul-winning marathon".

Anderson promised to start the “marathon” on September 18 with a breakfast at the Spur in the Festival Mall. They would have lunch at the shopping centre's Wimpy, followed by a church service at the Premier OR Tambo hotel in Kempton Park that evening.

Both fast food franchises and the hotel had told the pastor they would have none of his anti-gay preaching.

Sasse said his company did not tolerate discrimination and did not support hate speech.

“We wish to reiterate that we do not support Pastor L Anderson’s messages of hate in any way.” 

After the June 12 shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Anderson published a video on YouTube in which he stated: "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."

In December 2014, Anderson preached to followers: "If you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn't have all this Aids running rampant."

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