On September 13, 2016, U.S. pastor Steven Anderson was banned from South Africa.
According to the country's home affairs minister, the pastor's anti-gay comments on the gunning of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, to which Anderson said, "there's 50 less pedophiles in this world", are so terrible that they could be called hate speech.
Responding to this indefinite ban, the pastor said, " I have been banned from South Africa and the United Kingdom.
I feel sorry for people who live in South Africa, but thank God we still have a wide open door in Botswana."
Unfortunately, the pastor is no longer welcome in this neighboring country, as well, as President Ian Khama of Botswana has ordered the arrest and deportation of the 'hateful' pastor.
"He was picked up at the radio station. I said they should pick him up and show him out of the country. We don't want hate speech in this country. Let him do it in his own country", the president said.
A commentator on gay and lesbian affairs, Onkokame Mosweu, has shown his support for the order, saying: "He should have never been allowed to come to Botswana in the first place."
However, Anderson claims he has not been arrested or deported.
"I am not being arrested. I am leaving Botswana voluntarily," he said.
According to Reuters, the order was given after the pastor said that all gays and lesbians should be killed in a radio interview.
He also said all pedophiles and adulterers should be killed and that the Bible says women are not allowed to preach in churches.
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