US pastor encouraged Botswanans to put gay man to death before deportation

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A US pastor called for a gay man to be put to death on Botswanan radio before being deported, it has emerged.

Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Phoenix is one of America’s most homophobic pastors.

The pastor, who has previously called for the execution of gay people by stoning, and celebrated the Orlando massacre as part of a war against “a bunch of disgusting perverts and paedophiles”.

On a mission trip to Africa this month, the pastor was hindered by travel bans issued by South Africa and the United Kingdom – before being deported by the Botswanan government.

It has since emerged that the pastor called for Botswanans to put a gay man to death on local radio show Breakfast with Reg prior to his deportation.

Speaking on the Gabz FM show, Anderson repeated his comments about the Orlando massacre, explaining: “I will not be sad about it because the people were disgusting homosexuals who the Bible says are worthy of death.

“The Bible says the government should put them to death, so why should I be sad if the Bible says they should die anyway?”

Asked if he supports the death penalty for homosexuality, he said: “Yes, I do, absolutely… I hate homosexuals. I think they are evil haters of God.”

When a gay guest on the show questioned his comments, he insisted:

“I’m not going to listen to somebody interpret the Bible or tell me what right or wrong is when he doesn’t even know the proper place to put his reproductive organ.

“This guy… asbolutely he should be killed. That’s what the Bible says.

“I’m sure he loves little boys too. Homosexuals are paedophiles.”

The country’s President Ian Khama claimed credit for deporting the pastor, adding: “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.”