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This Anti Gay Pastor Was Just Refused Entry To Jamaica... Among Other Countries

By Nadine / jeudi 31 mai 2018 10:00
Sometimes, our faith in humanity is restored a bit.

Steven Anderson, a preacher at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona is known for his strong opinions against LGBTQ people and even condoning acts of violence against the community. Though unfortunately that's not terribly shocking news, what we're here for is the way that the country of Jamaica reacted to the hate-filled pastor when he attmepted to enter their country. 

Anderson, who was flying to Jamaica with his 14-year-old son to do "missionary work" was prevented from boarding his Delta flight by airline employees.

"I had a connecting flight in Atlanta, so as soon as I got to Atlanta, Delta Air Lines told me that they received a notification from Jamaica that I was not going to be allowed to enter," Anderson told The Gleaner newspaper.

Anderson is known to have advocated for the death of Barack Obama and literally interpret the bible by saying that homosexuals should be stoned to death. 

"The decision was made by the chief immigration officer because the pastor’s statements are not conducive to the current climate." a spokesperson for Jamaica's Ministry of National Security said.

But even better than that? According toThe BBC, Jamaica is now the 4th country to tell Anderson to stay put. He has also been banned from the UK, South Africa, and Botswana.

Collective high five for these countries for being not tolerating the intolerance.

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By  DraftHail614  |  14

This is kind of why I don't bother with religion. Extremists like this guy is just sickening. Opinions are one thing, but he's condoning violence. If you hate a group of people, it may not be cool, but you do you. However, the moment you try to incite violence, it's no longer "just an opinion"

By  ChromoTec  |  21

Obviously he's just expressing his opinion, which there's nothing wrong with UNTIL it gets violent and even lethal. If you want to hate a group of people, fine. Once it gets out of hand, things need to change.

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By  DraftHail614  |  14

This is kind of why I don't bother with religion. Extremists like this guy is just sickening. Opinions are one thing, but he's condoning violence. If you hate a group of people, it may not be cool, but you do you. However, the moment you try to incite violence, it's no longer "just an opinion"

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  PhoenixChick  |  24

There are extremists in lots of groups, but politics and religion can be more problematic because they encourage loyal, unquestioned following. It's not the extreme individual that scares me, but their ability to gather followers.

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  manofmerr  |  27

This may be the one time i partially ignore the religious over and under tones, and just point out that this guy is a flaming asshole. Religion has just made him into a GIANT flaming asshole. With smaller flaming assholes following him around.

By  stumpygremlin  |  11

Among other things he’s said: he hopes Caitlyn Jenner dies, that women should shut up at his sermons, the pill and “whoredom” destroys the country, and celebrated the Pulse shooting.

By  Guille Wallace  |  7

Too many negative votes, comment buried. Show the comment

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  julfunky  |  23

No, it isn’t. People are able to say whatever the hell they want now more than ever. That doesn’t mean every country needs to accept you after saying it.

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Freedom speech is a very American concept... the only thing this post proves is that other countries don't have it, which was already common knowledge. Besides, free speech isn't dying, this man wasn't put in jail, people simply fail to realize that what you say can have natural consequences like an entire country finding you so repulsively offensive they don't let you in. More than fair honestly and probably in his best interest anyways. Going to a country that hates you is a great way to disappear lol.

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  Zeke Elliott  |  4

If the speech in question promotes violence (Not counting if it is against a corrupt gov like the Brittish Empire during the Revolution) it is not protected by the 1st Amendment.

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  Lalala579121  |  27

How? If it weren't for freedom of speech, this man would surely be in jail. If not worse. Freedom of speech is what protects him from that. But freedom of speech does not mean that everybody has to accept you no matter the things you say. Words have consequences, opinions or otherwise. Freedom of speech does not mean that you can just get away scot free with anything you think or say.

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  DragonMaiden7  |  13

Freedom of Speech is not dying, you fucking crybaby.

This bigot has the ‘Freedom of Speech’ to spew his hate filled agenda, but everyone else has the freedom of speech to throw their opinions right back at him, and if that means that entire countries do not want him coming because he is inciting violence against specific demographics of people, well they absolutely have that right.

Maybe instead of just claiming to know about laws and personal liberties, actually LEARN about them. As soon as you start advocating for violence against people, Freedom of Speech does not apply to you. Also if you ever read the First Amendment in the first place, it spoke about having the right for individuals to speak out against the Government without fear of being jailed or killed, not just saying anything racist, bigoted, or ignorant that you wanted without fear of people calling you out for it. That is not what Freedom of Speech.

Of course, to anyone who hasn’t actually READ what the actual amendment itself says, they can interpret it however they want.

By  John Nemeth  |  12

I wish Jamaica would have flat out said

“See here this guy is an asshole, he is so much of an asshole that we can’t let him into this country. If by the chance we did let him in he would be fed to tiger sharks. Oh and by the way if you do feed this piece of garbage to animals which you should.... please send Jamaica a video.”

By  inappropes  |  27

Good thing they denied him access. probably would have never gotten him off all that bbc. hateful people like this, at least in my experience being gay, are usually so far in the closet. its sad really.

By  ChromoTec  |  21

Obviously he's just expressing his opinion, which there's nothing wrong with UNTIL it gets violent and even lethal. If you want to hate a group of people, fine. Once it gets out of hand, things need to change.

By  Mungolikecandy  |  14

"The Southern Poverty Law Center has been labeled an "anti-gay hate group""

Aren't they the people who defined hate groups not actually being one themselves?

By  KittyMack  |  10

Jamaica has a reputation of being homophobic AF though. Like they punish sodomy with a life sentence. So I don't think they were acting in defense of gay equality. More likely it was him calling for Obama's death, or something else not mentioned in this article, that made them think he could be too dangerous.
Still, whatever their motives they did something good, so Yay Jamaica!

By  vbychkova  |  7

I love this pastor! The smartest person out there. He was denied entry but that didn’t stop his whole church from going and from what I know they spread the Gospel and many people were saved!

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