Anti-gay Christian hate-preacher Steven Anderson has been banned from entering over 2 dozen countries, now including Australia. He preaches for the independent fundamentalist Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona.
Anderson, who is barred from entering 33 different countries, is known for his violent anti-gay, misogynistic, and Holocaust-denying statements. He is known for claiming that the Bible supports the mass government-led execution of gay people and that all queer people are pedophiles. On top of this, he has gleefully spoken about LGBTQ+ people dying in terrorist attacks.
Anderson said in a recent YouTube video that his ETA was denied by the Australian government. An ETA is an Electronic Travel Authority, a short term visa which would give him permission to legally enter the country.
“So I’ve been planning a trip out to Australia to preach for Pastor Kevin Sepulveda at New Life Baptist Church in Sunshine Coast and also I was gonna be preaching at New Life Baptist Church in Sydney, Australia,” he said. “Their church plant there. But I just got word back today that, basically, I’m banned from Australia. My ETA was denied by Australia. I’m not going to be permitted to enter the country.”
Recently, Anderson was also banned from most of Europe. He was not permitted entry to the entire Schengen area via the Netherlands. The Schengen area includes 26 European states which function as a single entity for international travel purposes They have no border control at their mutual borders.
Anderson has also notably been the first person to be blocked from entering Ireland under the provisions of the nation’s Immigration Act 1999. According to Section 4 of the act, people can be banned if it is found to be “necessary in the interest of national security or public policy.”
He is also barred from entering several African countries, Canada, and Jamaica. He is currently making plans to speak in New Zealand, where a white supremacist terrorist attacked a mosque earlier this year. This attack killed more than 50 Muslims.
[H/T Friendly Atheist]
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