U.S. pastor Steven Anderson is about to be deported from Botswana after making anti-gay comments on a local radio show. During his time on the radio program, Anderson stated that he believed that homosexuals should be “stoned to death.” The pastor was part of a morning show that is hosted by GabzFM. He appeared on the show with a local pastor and a LGBT activist.
Radio show host Reginald Richardson, told BBC that Pastor Anderson openly expressed his hatred for homosexuals and even went as far as to say that they should be stoned. He went on to state that adulterers and pedophiles should be killed. Anderson also stated that the bible barred women from preaching at any church.
Anderson was hatefully vocal after the June shootings in a well-known gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida where 50 people were killed. He stated at the time that he was glad that there were “50 less pedophiles in the world,” reports Newsweek.
Botswana President Ian Khama personally ordered Anderson’s arrest. He told Reuters that hate speech is not tolerated in his country. He explained that if the pastor needed to speak hatefully he could do so in his own country. Security guards arrested Anderson shortly after the radio show ended. South Africa has barred Anderson from visiting because of his hate-filled comments about homosexuality.
In Botswana both female and male same-sex, sexual acts are illegal. Being caught having same-sex activity could result in jail time and fines, but actual prosecution is extremely rare.
A commenter for LGBT affairs, Onkokame Mosweu, told Reuters that the government did the right thing arresting Anderson. He added that Anderson should have never been allowed into the country. Anderson had been placed on a visa watch after officials banned him from visiting South Africa. He was able to gain entry to Botswana because communication about Anderson had not reached their borders. Anderson was able to slip through without any issues, despite the fact that he knew that his presence could cause problems there.
Pastor Anderson arrived in Botswana on September 15. He was there to visit a new church he had helped to get built. The pastor had given a sermon at the church the day after his arrival. Anderson is the pastor of the Faithful Word Baptist Church located in Tempe, Arizona.
Anderson has publicly denied that he was being deported. He claims that he is leaving the country voluntarily. He also claims that he has much love for Botswana. For more CDA News follow our tweets on Twitter or like us on Facebook.
By Tammy Marie Rose
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