US hate preacher becomes the first person to be banned from Ireland

US hate preacher becomes the first person to be banned from Ireland May 13, 2019
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IRELAND has joined several other countries who have imposed exclusion orders on Steven L Anderson, above, a Baptist pastor from Arizona.

According to a petition calling on Irish authorities to ban Anderson, notorious for his inflammatory anti-gay and and anti-Semitic rhetoric, the hate preacher was due to address Christians in Dublin on May 26. More than 14,000 people signed it.

Ireland’s Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan signed the exclusion order yesterday (Sunday) under the Immigration Act of 1999. It’s the first time the country has used to law to ban an individual.

Anderson, of the Faithful Word Baptist Church, came to public prominence in 2009 after he told his congregation that he had prayed for the death of then President Barack Obama. He also praised the gunman who killed 49 people in an attack on a gay club in Orlando, Florida, in 2016.

In the wake of the horrific 2016 massacre in Orlando that targeted the nightclub, Anderson celebrated the deaths saying that there are now “50 less pedophiles” in the world.

Obviously, it’s not right for somebody to just, you know, shoot up the place, because that’s not going through the proper channels. But these people all should have been killed, anyway, but they should have been killed through the proper channels, as in they should have been executed by a righteous government that would have tried them, convicted them, and saw them executed.

Because, in Leviticus 20:13, God’s perfect law, he put the death penalty on murder, and he also put the death penalty on homosexuality. That’s what the Bible says, plain and simple.

He also blamed the victims of the massacre at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France, back in 2015. The massacre took place during a show put on by the Eagles of Death Metal.

When you go to a concert of death metal, somebody might get killed!”

Section 4 of the Act allows the Minister to sign an exclusion order if he:

Considers it necessary in the interest of national security or public policy.

Flanagan. said:

I have signed the exclusion order under my executive powers in the interests of public policy.

His department later confirmed it was the first time an exclusion order had been effected in the 20 years since it was enacted.

The Irish Times first reported the intended visit by Anderson last month. He had reportedly been invited to Ireland by Northern Irish Baptist preacher Stuart Houston.

Anderson, whose church has a literal belief of the King James version of the Bible, has already been banned from most EU countries, most recently the Netherlands, and from South Africa. He has also been the subject of an exclusion order in the UK. In 2016 he was deported from Botswana.

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  • TrickyDicky

    “Anderson, whose church has a literal belief of the King James version of the Bible”

    Do they not know or don’t care that King James was gay?

  • Jim Jones

    > Northern Irish Baptist preacher Stuart Houston.

    Any blowback on him?

  • barriejohn

    Didn’t St Patrick banish snakes from Ireland centuries ago?

  • Broga

    Other than under the cover of religion this sick sadist would be treated for what he is: an unhinged, vicious fool who should be separated from the society of normal people. What does it say about religion in general that any version of it would tolerate this raving fool and provide him with an audience who, I assume, agrees with his frenzied yammering. He is running amok, out of control and presumable some kind of support and audience allows him to feed his rage.

  • islandbrewer

    Can we ban him here, please, now?

    Or export him to Australia? As punishment for Ken Ham?

  • Erp

    odd background, he claims to be an ordained minister in the Methodist, Baptist, and Pentecostal strains (after starting as a Presbyterian). He claims to have a PhD from the Independent Methodist Theological Seminary though I doubt that offers a legitimate PhD (it isn’t accredited and considers that a plus since otherwise they would have to include liberal arts courses) and a Doctor of Divinity from Kingsway Christian College and Theological Seminary, Kingsway University, Des Moines, Iowa but does not note that a DD is a purely honorary degree. He’s also spent a lot of time in the US.

  • Brian Curtis

    What’s funny is that the people complaining about it are the same ones who always howl about ‘national sovereignty’ and a nation’s absolute right to control its borders and refuse anyone they don’t like.

  • Broga

    This is a version of the Ian Paisley syndrome. Paisley, another ranter, and now dropped off the perch, styled himself a doctor from some outfit called the Bob Jones University apparently. The BBC yielded to his insistence that they indulge his narcissism and always called him the Reverent Doctor so Paisley could preen himself on its airwaves. He was a bully and a berk.

  • Prof_M

    He was?

  • Anri

    Only the ones without legs.

  • Erp

    Paisley had an honorary doctorate from Bob Jones which would not entitle him to call himself ‘doctor’. Bob Jones University did manage to get itself accredited which puts it one step up from some of these institutions. I would agree with the characterization of Paisley.

  • frostysnowman

    Seems like a fair trade to me.

  • San_Ban

    “Anderson, whose church has a literal belief of the King James version of the Bible” except for the pesky bits they’d find too inconvenient, and especially those bits that may require them to help other people.

  • Broga

    I think the Paisley Sprog is, as they say, a chip of the old block. Easier than working for a living I suppose.

  • persephone

    If I ever get to retire, it’s going to be Scotland or Ireland, because they do not suffer these fools.