Botswana to deport Pastor for anti-gay stance

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Botswana is to deport a controversial US pastor a week after he was barred from South Africa because of his critical remarks about homos*xuality.

A government statement did not say why Steven Anderson had been declared a “prohibited immigrant”.

He was arrested after doing a radio interview in the capital, Gaborone.

Mr Anderson runs the Faithful Word Baptist Church, which says that homos*xuality is an abomination punishable by the death penalty.

After his visa for South Africa was rejected last week, the preacher posted on his Facebook page: “Thank God we still have a wide open door in Botswana.”

Homos*xual acts are illegal in Botswana, as in many African countries.

Mr Anderson was taking part in a morning show hosted by GabzFM station together with a local pastor and an LGBT activist.

The show’s presenter Reginald Richardson told the BBC that Mr Anderson expressed disdain for homos*xuals during the show and said that they should be “stoned to death”.

According to Botswana’s private Mmegi newspaper, security agents apprehended him after the show.

The pastor arrived in the country late last week and has given a sermon at a local church that he helped set up, Mr Richardson said.

Mr Anderson’s church is based in the US state of Arizona and describes itself as an “old-fashioned, independent, fundamental, King James Bible only, soul-winning Baptist church”.


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