Jamaica bans anti-gay Arizona pastor from visiting country
Jamaica has banned a Holocaust-denying pastor from Arizona who has referred to as for homosexual individuals to be stoned demise, after outcry from activists on the island.
Steven Anderson, from the Faithful Word Baptist church in Tempe, mentioned he was about to board a flight to Kingston when he was knowledgeable he wouldn’t be allowed into Jamaica.
Anderson, who as soon as prayed for the demise of Barack Obama, has beforehand been denied entry to South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom and Botswana.
“The decision was made by the chief immigration officer because the pastor’s statements are not conducive to the current climate,” mentioned a spokesperson for the ministry of nationwide safety on Monday.
The University of the West Indies, the place Anderson was slated to talk, additionally rescinded its invitation.
Discrimination and the specter of violence towards homosexual individuals in Jamaica stays pervasive, however activists hoped that the ban might signify a shift in attitudes in a country well-known for its homophobic attitudes.
“This is a positive outcome in which I am very pleased,” mentioned Jay John, an activist who launched an internet petition calling on the Jamaican authorities to bar Anderson. More than 39,000 individuals have signed the petition.
“I am glad that leadership was shown in protecting LGBTQ Jamaicans, women and other minority groups which Steven Anderson has attacked over the past,” mentioned John.
Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican lawyer and homosexual rights activist who migrated to Canada after he acquired demise threats, mentioned that he was happy with Jamaica for banning Anderson. “This is a huge win for our Jamaican sovereignty, our constitutional protections and the safety and security of all Jamaicans.”
Anderson urged that the ban was the results of stress from different nations.
“I think the US or UK must have a lot of influence over Jamaica and that’s probably where this is coming from,” he mentioned.
After the Pulse nightclub taking pictures in Orlando in June 2016, Anderson prompted revulsion along with his remark that there have been “50 less paedophiles in the world”.
He has additionally mentioned lady’s place is at dwelling, elevating youngsters, not at work.
- This article was amended on 30 January 2018. An earlier model incorrectly recognized Steven Anderson’s church because the Faithful World Baptist church.