A US pastor called for the stoning to death of gays and in response, he was.
The pastor known as Steven Anderson was about to board his flight to Kingston on Monday (29 January) when he was told that he would not be allowed into the country. He was on a mission trip with his 14 years old son when the news of his ban came.
With his uncompromising stand against gay, he has been banned from entering some countries in which Jamaica is the fifth country of those countries. Pastor Steven Anderson is the pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona.
Anderson has previously been denied entry to Botswana, Canada, South Africa and the UK.
A spokesperson for Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security said the decision to ban Anderson was taken “by the chief immigration officer because the pastor’s statements are not conducive to the current climate”.
More than 38,000 people signed an online petition calling on the Jamaican government to ban “hate preacher” Anderson. Jay John, the activist who launched the petition was pleased with the outcome.
After he was told he had been denied entry to Jamaica, Anderson said on his Facebook page: “I was kind of surprised that Jamaica would ban me for my views on homosexuality. I am planning on just redirecting to a different Caribbean country and I am still going to go forward with my mission efforts this week, but I am just going to go to a different country.”