Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community is seeking to attract the attention of Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, to stop American pastor, Steven Anderson from touching the shores of South Africa in September.
LGBTI, who is currently spearheading an online petition against the preacher says Anderson is known for promoting “hate speech”.
The online petition, which has garnered over 2000 signatures as at Wednesday morning seeks to ward off the defiant preacher.
Online gay radio station, Gay SA radio, said the US pastor is a notorious hate speech preacher, especially against the LGBTI community.
The community’s petition on change.org reads:
“He is coming to Kempton Park to bring his unique brand of hate to South Africa. This cannot be tolerated or allowed as LGBTI [lesbian‚ gay‚ bisexual‚ and transgender] rights are protected by the Constitution.
There is already enough homophobia — the flames of which do not need fanning. We are calling on the Department of Home Affairs to refuse entry to this man and his ‘church’ and stop him from travelling to South Africa.”
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Steven Anderson is the founder of Faithful Word Baptist church, Arizona, United States. The church, founded in 2005, uses only the King James Bible.
The pastor received national attention in the United States in August 2009, when he reportedly gave a sermon—entitled “Why I Hate Barack Obama”—in which he said that he prayed for the death of President Obama.
Anderson recently came under fire after he praised the Orlando shooting. The shooting saw 49 people die at a gay club in Orlando in June.
“The good news is that there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world‚ because‚ you know‚ these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and paedophiles‚” Anderson said in a video.
Meanwhile, the controversial pastor is scheduled to visit Kempton Park on a “soul-winning” mission in September.