'Don't allow anti-gay US pastor into SA'

2016-07-18 16:12
Pastor Steven Anderson (Screengrab)

Pastor Steven Anderson (Screengrab)

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Johannesburg – The Hate Crimes Working Group (HCWG) on Monday added its name to a list of people who are opposed to US pastor Steven Anderson’s visit to South Africa, and called for his visa to be rejected.

"We condemn Anderson’s antisemitic, homophobic, and hateful views, and call on the South African authorities to decline his visa to visit our shores where he will continue to spread deeply prejudiced vitriol," the HCWG said in a statement.

Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church made headlines last month when he posted a video after the nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, where gay people were targeted and 49 were killed.

After the shooting Anderson said: "The good news is that there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world."

HCWG said South Africa was continuing to grapple with issue of identity and tolerance.

"Allowing Anderson to conduct his activities in South Africa will only serve to perpetuate ignorance and create further division in our society."

An online petition prevent Anderson entering the country had already been signed by more than 6 000 people by Monday afternoon.

On Thursday, the Department of Home Affairs expressed support for the online petition, but said that they may not have the power to stop the anti-gay pastor from entering the country.

This was due to the fact that his comments were not made on South African soil.

Last week, it was announced that Anderson would host an event on September 18 in Kempton Park.

On June 24 he also lashed out at at activists who successfully petitioned businesses like PayPal and Apple to shut down his accounts after his hate speech.

"It’s war. You know what the filthy sodomites have done toward our church and us, and our friends and our fellow pastors that actually have the guts to say what needs to be said? Here’s what they’ve done in the last few weeks," he told his congregation.


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