Botswana’s ‘wide-open door’ slammed in evangelist’s face

Botswana’s ‘wide-open door’ slammed in evangelist’s face

After South Africa banned Steven Anderson from entering the country earlier this month, the American hate preacher trumpeted that he was still on course to ‘win souls’ in nearby Botswana.

He wrote on Facebook:

I feel sorry for people who live in South Africa, but thank God we still have a wide open door in Botswana. Stand by for reports of multitudes saved in Botswana, where religious freedom still exists.

Well, Botswana has just tossed him out.

According to this report, the Botswana government announced yesterday that Steven Anderson, a preacher from the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, had been declared “a prohibited immigrant” and as such was being deported from the southern African country.

Botswanan newspaper Mmegi reported that Anderson was being held at the country’s immigration department awaiting deportation.

Botswana immigration officers reportedly detained Anderson following an interview with national radio station Gabz FM in the capital Gaborone. During the interview, Anderson stated that he thinks the government should be killing homosexuals and that people who commit adultery should be stoned to death.

The Botswana Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, which deals with immigration, was not immediately available to respond to clarification as to why Anderson had been banned. The US Embassy in Botswana was also unavailable for a comment.

In his latest video update from Botswana Monday, Anderson claimed that 65 people had been “saved through soul-winning.”

Anderson has courted controversy before, particularly for his statements regarding the LGBT community. Following the Orlando massacre in June, when gunman Omar Mateen killed 50 people at a gay nightclub, Anderson said that the “good news” about the killings was that there were “50 less paedophiles in the world.”

The preacher has also reportedly denied the Holocaust and prayed for the death of US President Barack Obama over his stance on abortion.

12 responses to “Botswana’s ‘wide-open door’ slammed in evangelist’s face”

  1. Broga says:

    ” he was still on course to ‘win souls’ in nearby Botswana.”

    Interesting concept this. A hate filled preacher, deeply ignorant and I guess hypocritical, claims to have the power to ensure that he can provide eternal bliss by “saving souls”. What we might reasonable wonder is what kind of God would use this vile man as a means of transporting people to heaven.

    And the effort of saving one’s soul seems trivial in return for an eternity in heaven: mouth a few words about accepting Jesus and you are in.

  2. barriejohn says:

    I bet a lot of people would like to slam a door in his face!

  3. barriejohn says:

    PS The “open door” is a very popular term amongst evangelicals, and they get it from this verse:

    “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” (I Cor.16:9 KJV)

    Maybe he forgot about the “adversaries”!

  4. Trevor Blake says:

    I support freedom of speech and freedom of association. I don’t support any hate speech laws. That said, I do delight when jerks get their comeuppance, be it through law or circumstance. His God must be very weak that he would be forbidden from traveling. Almost as weak as his faith and commitment, that he follows man’s law and not God’s orders. He should go to these nations illegally and risk prison. Or is he a coward and a liar? Yes, that’s right.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    Let’s hope said door twatted the loathsome hatemonger squarely in the face as it was closed.

  6. I’d have thought his viewpoints would have gone down very well in Africa to be honest. My evidence? Discussions on a wide variety of topics with the many Africans I once worked with. Africans are in almost all cases very keen on religion and not so keen on liberalism and silly old ‘human rights’. Sorry folks, but the truth is the truth. If this comment angers some readers, this is all to the good.

  7. Paul says:

    Have to agree with Miss Floribunda
    Liberia as an example appears to have every other building as some kind of church. It is quite sad and pathetic. The people do not need that, they need jobs, healthcare, infrastructure and a decent economy. Most of which is sadly lacking. And what do the churches do. Sweet FA except vie for the hearts and minds of the population.

  8. barriejohn says:

    Homosexual (“unnatural”) acts are illegal in Botswana – though discrimination against gays in employment is not allowed! Prosecution, though, is rare.

  9. barriejohn says:

    Gospel Impact Church, Botswana. The Brethren would have a heart attack – which may be what has happened to the woman at 10:40; who knows?

  10. Robster says:

    Be even better if the Americans don’t let the nasty thing back in, they do have standards I’m sure.

  11. 1859 says:

    Clearly one of the most flamboyantly deranged fuckwits on the planet. Really he needs to be detained in a mental institution.

  12. AgentCormac says:

    Mma Precious Ramotswe would not be impressed with this man’s presence in her beloved Botswana.