Ireland has banned US homophobic pastor Steven Anderson from entering the country.
Anderson, the founder of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, is known for his anti-LGBTI comments.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan told the Irish Independent: ‘I have signed the exclusion order under my executive powers in the interests of public policy.’
More than 14,000 people had signed a Change.org petition to prevent Anderson from coming to Ireland.
He had already been banned from the 26 EU countries in the Schengen Area.
Anderson planned to travel to Dublin on 26 May.
According to the Irish Independent, he had planned to meet supporters at a McDonald’s near the airport.
Some 31 countries have banned Anderson, according to his Facebook page.
History of hate
Pastor Steven Anderson has also previously been barred entry from the UK for his extremist views.
He has called for the murder of gay people from his pulpit.
What’s more, after the murder of 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, he posted a
Anderson previously posted a video in which he expressed no sympathy for those killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting.
He also posted a hateful video after gay pop icon George Michael died.
On 26 December, a posting appeared on Faith Word Baptist Church’s official Facebook page about the singer’s death.
‘George Michael, an open Sodomite, just died at age 53. That makes sense because being a Sodomite shaves about 20 years off your life expectancy, and the life expectancy in the USA for males is 76 years old.
‘”But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.” – Psalm 55:23’
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Author: Rik Glauert