Jamaicans are trying to stop a hate preacher who thinks gays should be stoned to death from coming to their country.
Steven Anderson also celebrated the murder of 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Florida in 2016, saying the victims were ‘pedophiles’.
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes his Faithful World Baptist Church in Tempe Arizona, US, as a ‘hardcore’ anti-LGBTI hate group.
Anderson hopes to travel to Jamaica from 29 January to 3 February and already has people organising for him to speak in schools there.
Homosexuality is illegal on the Caribbean island and Jamaicans fear his visit will stir up more hate against LGBTIs.
Steven Anderson glad to see Pulse ‘perverts’ die
The preacher, aged 36, made a video welcoming the deaths in the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida.
He said: ‘The good news is there is 50 less pedophiles in this world. Because these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and pedophiles. That’s who was a victim here.
‘I would never take things into my own hands. But the Bible says homosexuals should be put to death.
‘Obviously it’s not right for someone to just shoot up the place, because that’s not going through the proper channels. But these people all should have been killed anyway… but they should have been executed by a righteous government.
‘The bad news is a lot of the homos in the bar are still alive. So they are going to continue to molest children and recruit people into their filthy homosexual lifestyle.’
Watch that video here:
Stoning gays to death
In the Pulse video, Anderson says the gay and bi victims would have died anyway from ‘AIDS and syphilis’.
And in an earlier video, he preached that gay and bi people are ‘filled with disease because of the judgement of God’.
So he said the way to stop AIDS was to stone them to death.
Anderson said: ‘Turn to Leviticus 20:13 and I actually discovered the cure for AIDS. We can have an AIDS free world by Christmas if we follow this.
‘Here’s what the Bible says: “If a man also lie 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 was right there in the Bible all along… and they’re out spending billions of dollars in research and testing.
‘It’s curable, right there. Because if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant.’
Watch that sermon here:
Women should be ‘obedient’
Anderson has also attacked society for embracing ‘gender bending’. And he expressed his hate for transgender people, saying he hopes Caitlyn Jenner’s heart explodes.
He argues women should stay in the home and should not be allowed to work, vote or wear pants. He claims the Bible says women should be ‘obedient’ to their husbands.
And he adds: ‘If we are in a democracy which is ruled by the people, I don’t want to be ruled over by women.’
In 2009, he prayed for the death of President Barack Obama. And he has condemned modern medicine, calling doctors sorcerers.
South Africa banned Steven Anderson in September 2016, citing the country’s constitution and saying he was an ‘undesirable person’.
That same month, he travelled to Botswana. But authorities there kicked him out of the country for hate speech after calling for gays to be killed.
Malawi has also said he will not be welcome and the UK has banned him. And Anderson claims Canada refused him entry in November 2017.
Despite this, he told Washington Blade that he expects to be allowed into Jamaica.
He said: ‘I don’t anticipate being banned from Jamaica because Jamaicans are in general anti-homosexual, but if I am banned, then so be it.’
Spreading hate through Jamaica’s schools
Anderson has also claimed he’s already bought his ticket for Jamaica.
Members of his Faithful World Baptist Church are understood to already be in the country. He says they have been organising for him to preach in schools and reporting people are ‘super-receptive’.
He plans to use these ‘boots on the ground’ to ‘farm’ the country. That way, when the main group from the church arrives, they will be able to make the most of their visit.
But LGBTI Jamaicans are determined to stop it.
Jay John, a Jamaican LGBT rights advocate, has petitioned the Jamaican government to ban Anderson and has secured 4,039 signatures so far.
One signatory said: ‘Jamaica has lots of problems already, let’s not “import” another. We don’t need more people like him on the island, creating more divisions and straining already existing ones.’
Another woman added: ‘No country that considers itself developed or developing should let this man in and have a platform in which to spew such negative and hateful rhetoric.
‘He is a dangerous and inflammatory man who seeks to play upon existing seated fears, and miseducation.’
While a third commented: ‘We are not short of God in Jamaica, he should stay where he is.’
You can sign the petition here.