Jamaica has followed South Africa’s example and banned gay hate American pastor Steven Anderson from entering the country.
“The decision was made by the chief immigration officer because the pastor’s statements are not conducive to the current climate,” a spokesperson for Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security told The Guardian.
Anderson, who has called for the execution of gay people, was planning to visit the island nation this week in order to “preach the gospel and preach about Jesus and preach about salvation”.
The pastor, who runs the Arizona-based Faithful Word Baptist Church, found out the news when he landed in Atlanta to catch a connecting flight to Kingston.
He was told that, “Jamaica had notified the airline that I was not going to be allowed to enter the country.”
“I’m pretty surprised,” said Anderson in a video posted on YouTube, “because I’ve seen a lot of stuff online that said that Jamaica is ‘the most homophobic country in the world’.
“So, it’s pretty weird that I would be banned from Jamaica because of my views on homosexuality.”
Anderson claimed that Jamaica was pressured to ban him by “an outside influence” such as the US or the UK which, he believes, is forcing the country to “be pro-homosexual”.
He continued: “The people of Jamaica are not pro-homosexual at all. But apparently that agenda is just going to be crammed down their throat.”
Activist Jay John, who created a petition signed by almost 39,000 people calling for the government to block the pastor from visiting Jamaica, responded to the pastor’s statements.
“I am Jamaican,” he commented under Anderson’s video. “I started the petition without any outside influence except for the concern for my people. Stay away from our island with your messages of hate.”
In turn, a furious Anderson replied in a most unchristian fashion: “You can’t ban the internet, moron! More people in Jamaica are hearing about my preaching than ever because of your stupid petition. P.S. Get AIDS and die, faggot!”
Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican lawyer and gay rights activist, said he was proud of his country for banning Anderson. “This is a huge win for our Jamaican sovereignty, our constitutional protections and the safety and security of all Jamaicans.”
Gigaba cited the protection of LGBTI people from discrimination in the Constitution and the Equality Act, which bans hate speech, as the basis for his decision.
Anderson was also thrown out of Botswana when he tried to start a church there, has been banned from entering the UK and Canada and was told he is not welcome in Malawi.
In his sermons, the preacher has stated that killing gay people would free the world from the AIDS epidemic. Anderson also praised the Orlando Massacre as “good news” because “there’s 50 less paedophiles in this world”.
He has continued to preach that governments must execute gay people and tells his followers that women should be subordinate to men and should focus on “getting married and having children”.