The Irish Times reported that Steven Anderson, pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church, has been banned from Ireland, where he had planned a May 26 speech in Dublin.
Anderson, 37, became the first person to be blocked from the country by exclusion powers. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan signed the order Sunday.
Exclusion orders went into effect in 1999, allowing the minister for justice to proceed if he or she “considers it necessary in the interest of national security or public policy.
Following the pastors announcement in March, Changing Attitude Ireland and other Irish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy groups supported online petitions calling for him to be barred from the country. The Irish Department of Justice would not say if the ministers decision had been influenced by the letters and petitions from the rights groups, which welcomed the action.
A controversial anti-gay and anti-Semitic preacher from Arizona who prayed for former President Barack Obama's death has reportedly become the first person banned from Ireland under an exclusion order.
The good news is that theres 50 less pedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and pedophiles, Pastor Anderson said in a video he posted online. Thats who was a victim here, are a bunch of just disgusting homosexuals at a gay bar, O.K.?
Steven Anderson, the pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, was immediately forbidden to enter the country on Sunday as part of the Immigration Act of 1999, The Irish Times reported.
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Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan signed the exclusion order — section four of which states: "The Minister may, if he or she considers it necessary in the interest of national security or public policy."
“I have signed the exclusion order under my executive powers in the interests of public policy,” Flanagan said. It was the first time Ireland has banned someone from entering the country since the act was signed, the department told the news outlet.
Anderson's website states he planned to visit the country on May 26th, but further information was not immediately clear. A Change.org petition that called for him to not be allowed to preach in Ireland received over 14,000 signatures as of Monday.
The pastor made headlines in 2009 after he delivered a sermon titled, "Why I Hate Barack Obama."
We are very grateful to the minister, Mr. Golden said of the Minister for Justice, Mr. Flanagan. We are relieved that Anderson wont have the opportunity to publicly spread his message of hate in Ireland.
He reportedly told Fox station KSAZ-TV that he "hope[s] that God strikes Barack Obama with brain cancer so he can die like Ted Kennedy and I hope it happens today."
Anderson also seemingly praised the Pulse Nightclub shooter, who killed 49 people in Orlando, Fla., in June 2016.
“The good news is that at least 50 of these pedophiles are not going to be harming children anymore,” Anderson said in a YouTube video, according to The Washington Post. “The bad news is that a lot of the homos in the bar are still alive, so they’re going to continue to molest children and recruit people into their filthy homosexual lifestyle."
Anderson continued, "The other bad news is that this is going to now be used as propaganda not only against Muslims, but also against Christians.”
The pastor is also banned from South Africa, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, which he planned to visit May 23.