Anti-gay pastor says God set Australia on fire because the country banned him
Christian hate pastor Steven Anderson has said that the destructive Australian bushfires currently ravaging the country are the “judgment of God” for “banning and deporting preachers of the Gospel.” Australia officially banned Anderson from entering its borders this last July.
Anderson has been banned from 33 countries including all 26 of Europe’s Schengen states, Botswana, Jamaica, Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Canada for his repeated hateful statements wishing death upon LGBTQ people.
In a recently published Facebook post, Anderson posted images of the bushfires and wrote, “Maybe if Australia weren’t banning and deporting preachers of the Gospel, they wouldn’t be under the judgment of God.” The most popular comments on his post blasted his thinking as hateful, un-Christian nonsense.
Thus far, the Australian bushfires have scorched 14.7 million acres, destroyed at least 1,300 houses, and killed half a billion animals and at least 24 people.
In July 2019, Anderson — who is the leader of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona — revealed that Australia had banned him when he unsuccessfully tried to enter the country to speak at the New Life Baptist Church in Australia with Pastor Kevin Sepulveda.
“I just got word back today that, basically, I’m banned from Australia,” Anderson told his followers on YouTube. He said his Electronic Travel Authority “was denied by Australia,” adding, “I’m not going to be permitted to enter the country.”
In the past, Anderson praised the Pulse nightclub shooter, calling the victims “a bunch of disgusting perverts and pedophiles” and “disgusting homosexuals who the Bible says were worthy of death.” He also prayed that Caitlyn Jenner will die.
In the past, Anderson has encouraged his congregants to kill all gay people, calling it a “cure for AIDS.” He has also advocated for world governments to execute gay people.
At least ten world countries do kill people just for being gay.