A controversial pastor from the United States just got banned from entering yet another country, adding to a long list that he’s not allowed to enter due to his bigoted viewpoints.
Steven Anderson, who has frequently called for the execution of gay individuals within his fundamentalist teachings, was planning to speak at a congregation in Ireland on May 26.
However, after a petition was signed by more than 14,000 individuals and submitted to the government, officials there agreed that Anderson shouldn’t be allowed to enter the country.
Steven Anderson, an American preacher who told his congregation that he prayed for the death of Obama and praised the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay bar, has become the first person ever banned from Ireland https://t.co/7hBZtg5cHS
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) May 12, 2019
Ireland is the 30th nation to forbid Anderson entrance within their borders. All member nations of the European Union have forbidden him to come, per reporting from the New Civil Rights Movement.
Anderson is a controversial figure who once admitted he prayed for the death of former President Barack Obama. His comments regarding homosexuality put him at odds with most Americans and Europeans on the subject.
His church’s doctrinal statement, for example, advocates for gay peoples’ deaths. “We believe that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination which God punishes with the death penalty,” it states, according to reporting from Newsweek.
In other past statements, Anderson made flagrant and dubious statements about gay people relating to the AIDS crisis.
“[I]f you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant,” Anderson said.
Anderson is the first person ever denied entry into Ireland based off its 1999 law allowing it the right to deny entry to individuals the government deems ill-fit to enter. In addition to his anti-gay viewpoints, Anderson is also a denier of the Holocaust, the Irish Times reported on Sunday.