Ireland denies admittance to controversial Tempe pastor – KTAR.com

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American pastor known for hateful views banned from Ireland, report says
PHOENIX – Another country has denied entry to a Tempe pastor known for making contentious statements on LGBT issues and praying for a president’s death.

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.

Pastor Andersons Faithful Word Baptist Church has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and by the Anti-Defamation League. He first gained prominence outside his ministry, which is in a Tempe, Ariz., strip mall when he announced in 2009 that he hated President Barack Obama and prayed for his death. He has called for the United States government to exterminate all gay people and welcomed the murder of 49 people in a the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in 2016.

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.

DUBLIN — The government of Ireland has barred an Arizona-based Baptist pastor accused of anti-Semitic and homophobic hate speech from entering the country, invoking for the first time a 1999 immigration act that allows such exclusion orders on grounds of national security or public policy.

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Charlie Flanagan, Irelands minister for justice and equality, said on Sunday that he had signed the order barring the pastor, Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church, under my executive powers in the interests of public policy. He did not issue any further comment.

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."

Pastor Anderson had also announced events in Amsterdam and Stockholm for later this month, but on May 1 the Dutch government arranged to have him barred from entering the Schengen free travel area, which includes 26 European countries including Sweden and the Netherlands.

“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.


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