Anti-gay Arizona Pastor Banned from Jamaica
Jamaica has banned Steven Anderson, pastor from Arizona of the Faithful Word Baptist church who says gay people should be stoned to death, after outcry from activists on the island.
Anderson, who is also a Holocaust denier, said he was about to board a flight to Kingston when he was informed he would not be allowed into Jamaica.
“The decision was made by the chief immigration officer because the pastor’s statements are not conducive to the current climate,” said spokesperson for the Ministry of National Security on Monday.
The University of the West Indies, where Anderson was slated to speak, also rescinded its invitation.
Discrimination and the threat of violence against gay people in Jamaica remains pervasive, but activists hoped that the ban could represent a shift in attitudes in a country well-known for its homophobic attitudes.
“This is a positive outcome in which I am very pleased,” said Jay John, an activist who launched an online petition calling on the Jamaican government to ban Anderson. Over than 39,000 people have signed the petition.
“I am glad that leadership was shown in protecting LGBTQ Jamaicans, women and other minority groups which Steven Anderson has attacked over the past,” said John.http://sambagblog.com/2018/01/31/anti-gay-arizona-pastor-banned-jamaica/http://sambagblog.com/gallery/2018/01/anti-gay-pastor-steven-anderson-straight-pride-640x371.pnghttp://sambagblog.com/gallery/2018/01/anti-gay-pastor-steven-anderson-straight-pride-120x70.pngGay Issues