Anti-Gay Pastor Arrested / Deported From Botswana
Should we celebrate when bad things happen to bad people? In this case, MOST DEFINITELY!
The two stories we published about Steven Anderson that had the most attention in the recent months have been 1) South Africa Bans Anti-Gay US Pastor Anderson From Entering Country and 2) Christian Pastor Calls Orlando Massacre ‘Good News,’ Says ‘50 Less Pedophiles In This World’. Those headlines should be enough to clue you in on what kind of person Anderson is, but for more info, go ahead and click to review why we may be happy about this most recent news inserted below from Huffingtonpost.com.
President Ian Khama of Botswana said on Tuesday he had ordered the arrest and deportation of U.S. pastor Steven Anderson, who was banned from neighboring South Africa last week over his anti-gay views.
Anderson, of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, notoriously welcomed the gunning down in June of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida by saying “there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world.”
Khama told Reuters he had ordered Anderson’s immediate arrest and deportation after the pastor said in an interview with a local radio station in the capital Gabarone on Tuesday morning that gays and lesbians should be killed.
“He was picked up at the radio station. I said they should pick him up and show him out of the country,” Khama said in an interview. “We don’t want hate speech in this country. Let him do it in his own country.”
The president said Anderson had been put on a visa watch-list two days ago after being barred from South Africa but appeared to have slipped into Botswana before all border posts were fully alerted.
Banning him from South Africa on Sept. 13, that country’s home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba also equated Anderson’s views with hate speech.
Anderson denied he was being deported.
“I am not being arrested. I am leaving Botswana voluntarily,” he told witnesses at the radio station, adding in the local Setswana language that he loved Botswana very much. - huffingtonpost.com
Would this ever happen in a nation that allows free speech? I haven't looked up the Constitution of Botswana (or even searched to see if there was one) to see if they do allow free speech. But then again, if they allowed free speech to exist for its citizens ... Anderson is not one of its citizens, but instead a prohibited immigrant.
Can we start doing this in the United States? Of course, no, we cannot. But if haters keep wanting to ship us out, why can't we threaten the same?