South Africa bans American anti-gay Pastor over his views


U.S. pastor Steven Anderson, has been banned from visiting South Africa over his anti-gays views, which the country’s home affairs minister on Tuesday equated with hate speech.

South Africa became the first country in Africa to legalise gay marriage in 2006, but homosexuality is still widely frowned upon and same-sex unions are often decried as “un-African”.
Anderson, of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, notoriously welcomed the gunning down in June of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida by saying “there’s 50 less paedophiles in this world”.
South African gay and lesbian groups collected more than 60,000 signatures opposing his visit this weekend, when he was expected to preach and seek converts to his church.
Citing anti-discrimination laws designed to “prevent and prohibit hate speech”, Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba told a media briefing he was banning Anderson indefinitely.
Gigaba said that in the last 12 months, some 450,000 South Africans had attacked women who dressed and acted like men in public, and 24,000 had beaten men for dressing like women.
I feel sorry for South Africans, he said. “I have been banned from South Africa and the United Kingdom,” Anderson wrote on his Facebook page.
“I feel sorry for people who live in South Africa, but thank God we still have a wide open door in Botswana.” But it was not clear when he was due to visit Botswana.
Women’s groups say police and the justice system have been slow to tackle this issue.
loading...