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Anti-gay pastor is banned from South Africa

Pastor Steven Anderson from Faithful World Baptist Church in Arizona.
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Steven Anderson is a U.S. pastor who has been banned from visiting South Africa because of his anti-LGBT views and disseminating vitriol.

Anderson preaches at the Faithful World Baptist Church in Arizona, and after the attack at Pulse night club in June told his YouTube followers, “there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world.”

South African LGBT groups quickly rallied to ban Anderson from visiting them, collecting 60,000 signatures to have him barred.  

He was expected to preach and influence individuals into joining his church.

Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba said in a media briefing that he was banning Anderson because of anti-discrimination laws in that country.

South Africa was the first country to legalize gay marriage in 2006, but it is still not widely accepted and is considered “un-African.”

Gigaba, according to Reuters, said that attacks on men and women who dressed against their perceived gender is still widely prevalent.

Anderson has expressed sorrow for the South Africans on his Facebook page.

“I have been banned from South Africa and the United Kingdom,” he wrote. Adding, “I feel sorry for people who live in South Africa, but thank God we still have a wide open door in Botswana.”

It is not clear as to when Anderson plans to visit Botswana.

Reports say that in poorer townships of South Africa gangs of men rape lesbians in order to “cure” them.

Activists in that country say very few of these cases end in a conviction, and the justice system does not make investigations into these occurrences a priority.

Here is a video of Anderson talking about the Orlando attack just after it occured.