Steven Anderson, an anti-LGBT preacher, was not allowed to board a flight to the Caribbean nation Monday, as his brand of incendiary rhetoric was deemed "not conducive to the current climate" by authorities, said a statement from the Ministry of National Security.
In an interview with The Jamaica Gleaner, Anderson expressed disbelief at the ban. Jamaica is well-known for its anti-LGBT legislation and attitudes. It is illegal for persons of the same gender to have sex with one another in Jamaica, due to colonial-era sodomy laws that are still on the books. Stigma, preached in part by the relgious community, has also resulted in high rates of violence against the LGBT community and homelessness.
"I was kind of surprised that Jamaica would ban me for my views on homosexuality," Anderson admitted. He learned of the ban en route to Jamaica with his 14-year-old son for a planned missionary trip.
"I had a connecting flight in Atlanta, so as soon as I got to Atlanta, Delta Air Lines told me that they received a notification from Jamaica that I was not going to be allowed to enter," Anderson said.
While the move has prevented Anderson from traveling to Jamaica, it has only rerouted his efforts to spread hate.
"I am planning on just redirecting to a different Caribbean country and I am still going to go forward with my mission efforts this week, but I am just going to go to a different country," he said.