The Arizona pastor who once said that “if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant” was banned from multiple countries in 2016. The Southern Poverty Law Center long ago named his church — Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe — an antigay hate group. Now Steven Anderson’s reputation precedes him.
First, South Africa barred Anderson from entering the country when he planned a mission there. Then Botswana deported Anderson after he did an interview with a radio station in the country’s capital, advising that Botswana kill LGBT people and stone adulterers.
It isn’t only countries that have banned Anderson. His YouTube video was removed after he reacted to the Pulse shooting by saying, “Obviously, it’s not right for someone to just shoot up the place because that’s not going through the proper channels.” He once again advocated for mass government killings of LGBT people, reminding the world that homophobia remains violent and real.