After he said during a radio interview
that Botswana should be killing gays, U.S. Pastor Steven Anderson was
told to leave the country.
During his appearance on Gabz
FM in the capital Gaborone, Anderson also defended statements he
made in support of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando
where 49 people were killed.
“The good news is that at least fifty
of these pedophiles are not going to be harming children anymore. The
bad news is that a lot of the homos in the bar are still alive, so
they’re going to continue to molest children and recruit people
into their filthy homosexual lifestyle,” he
said at the time.
In Tuesday's interview, Anderson said
that the Orlando victims were “disgusting homosexuals who the Bible
says were worthy of death.”
Anderson also said that he believes
pedophiles and adulterers should be killed.
President Ian Khama told Reuters that
Anderson 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.”
In a tweet Tuesday, the Botswana
government said that Anderson was being deported because he had been
declared “a prohibited immigrant.”
Local outlets reported that the
Botswana immigration department was holding Anderson as it processes
Earlier this month, South
Africa barred Anderson from visiting the country.