On the plus side, anti-gay Pastor Steven Anderson has now been officially banned by Botswana and will be deported. On the bad side, he will be back in the U.S. The ‘man of God ‘allegedly assaulted Tony Benn, 59, in his church over the weekend while members of the Botswana Humanist Society protested outside.
Benn just wanted to “listen quietly” and “try to understand his thinking” and explained that he was not part of the small group of protestors, but the pastor became angry and demanded to know if he was gay or a Christian. Just as Jesus Christ taught us all to do, he manhandled Benn and threw him off the premises.
Been, who is heterosexual, said he “felt that it was quite rude of him to ask an old man in public about his sexual preference.”
“I was pushed across the car park forcefully [by two men]. I was not hurt by the pushing but onlookers were concerned that I was going to be pushed into a ditch by Anderson’s bodyguards,” he continued.
“Anderson was behind me shouting that I had an AIDS filled mouth…” Benn told reporters after he was not allowed entry back into the church to get his belongings.
“People should be careful because of his temper. I think he needs mental health counseling and help,” he continued. “Perhaps it’s the stress of constant media intrusion into his life and always being on the stage.”
Things didn’t work out the way Anderson had planned. Not every one is a hateful bigot.
“I have identified Steven Anderson as an undesirable person to travel to South Africa,” Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba told the BBC.
The Botswana Government tweeted, “Pastor #StevenAnderson, a #USA citizen has been declared a Prohibited Immigrant and as such is being deported from #Botswana.”
— Botswana Government (@BWGovernment) September 20, 2016
Anderson admitted to the violent incident in a YouTube video, describing Mr. Benn, a man who identifies as heterosexual, as an “old homo” who “tried to keep pushing his way into the service.”
Anderson said, ” I had to keep grabbing the guy and dragging him out. Obviously we have our right to our private property, so we had every right to drag this guy out of there repeatedly.”
We can’t imagine why the hate-filled ‘pastor’ was deported:
What prompted his removal was a radio interview in which he said homosexuals should be “stoned to death.” Anderson also repeated his praise of the Pulse nightclub shooter. While he says he doesn’t advocate violence, the victims were “disgusting homosexuals who the Bible says are worthy of death, the Bible says the government should put them to death, so why would I be sad if these horrible people died that the Bible says should die anyway.”
In one video following the incident, Anderson claims he was trying to save souls. This comes from the same man who has prayed for the death of President Barack Obama, praised the Pulse nightclub shootings and called for the execution of gays worldwide in order to cure AIDS.
Even in Botswana where homosexual acts are illegal, the government finds the American pastor to be too extreme.
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