American Pastor, Steven Anderson who called for the mass murder of gay people and celebrated the 2016 Pulse Nightclub attack has his sights set on Christchurch and Auckland.
Steven Anderson of Word Baptist Church who recently learned of his banning from Australia, says he now wishes to come to New Zealand instead.
Anderson’s church is listed as a hate group in the United States, a label he embraces previously saying, “Do I hate homosexuals? Absolutely… I do hate homosexuals, and if hating homosexuals makes our church a hate group, then that’s what we are.”
Anderson who is known for celebrating the 2016 shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub Orlando in which 49 people were killed, has also called for the genocide of gay people.
He previously gave a sermon in which he said the execution of every gay person would result in an end to AIDS, saying “If a man also lies with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.”
“Their blood shall be upon them. And that, my friend, is the cure for AIDS. It’s curable, right there. Because if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant.”
Australia has now become the 33rd country in the world to deny Anderson the right to visit. Anderson has been banned from entering both the United Kingdom and Ireland, and earlier this year was banned from the Schengen Area, which covers the majority of Europe. He has also been refused visas to Japan, South Africa, and even Jamaica – A nation which is hardly known to be friendly towards homosexuality.
The Christian hate preacher who is based in the American state of Arizona made the following statement on his Facebook page in relation to his banned entry to Australia:
“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.”
“But I just got word back today that, basically, I’m banned from Australia. My ETA [Electronic Travel Authority — a visa required for short-term visits] was denied by Australia. I’m not going to be permitted to enter the country.”
Anderson now says he is planning to come to Christchurch and Auckland instead, although he seems to be aware it is probable he will be denied entry adding “if I don’t get banned from New Zealand. So we’ll see what happens.”
express is awaiting comment from Immigration New Zealand.