The Netherlands has banned Arizona Pastor Steven Anderson from entering the country as part of a speaking tour scheduled for later this month.
The Netherlands has banned anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT preacher Steven Anderson from entering the country as part of a speaking tour this month.
The founder of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona was due to appear in the Netherlands on May 23 as part of the European stint of a tour that also includes Ireland and Sweden, according to the organization.
The Netherlands Times reports:
American preacher Steven Anderson will not be allowed into the Netherlands and the rest of the Schengen area, State Secretary Mark Harbers of Justice and Security said on Wednesday in response to parliamentary questions.
According to Harbers, the government is “taking strong action against extremist speakers who, by spreading their beliefs, restrict the freedoms of others or even incite hatred or violence”…
The ban comes after an effort was made by LGBT activists and other reasonable people in the Netherlands rallied to inform citizens about the vile and ugly nature of Anderson’s conservative Christian rhetoric.
Commenting on the ban, parliamentarian Vera Bergkamp declared:
Today love has won over hatred
For those unfamiliar with Pastor Anderson, he is an obnoxious Christian extremist with a history of preaching a hateful and extreme Christian fundamentalism. Previously the Arizona pastor has called for the public execution of gays and lesbians, and prayed for the death of Caitlyn Jenner.
Anderson, the founder of Arizona’s Faithful Word Baptist Church, an “Independent Fundamental Baptist” church that uses only the King James version of the Bible, leads a conservative, virulently anti-gay congregation, and has previously called on the government to establish a Biblically mandated death penalty for LGBT people.
In the past the controversial pastor has used the Bible to explain why women should not have the right to vote, the right to work outside the home, or the right to seek a divorce.
In addition, Anderson has defended the institution of slavery “because the Bible’s always right.”
In short, Pastor Anderson is a dangerous Christian extremist who takes the Bible literally, even when doing so leads to morally reprehensible positions, such as defending the death penalty for gays.
Botswana arrested and deported Anderson in 2016 for hate speech, and last year Anderson was banned from Jamaica and was ejected from South Africa.
Bottom line: The Netherlands has banned Arizona Pastor Steven Anderson from entering the country as part of a “soul-winning” speaking tour scheduled for later this month.