The list of countries banning Steven Anderson from visiting their shores is steadily growing, following an announcement from the Dutch State Secretary for Justice and Security, Mark Harbers, that officially prohibits the American anti-LGBT pastor from visiting the Netherlands.
The announcement comes after continued pressure from COC Nederland, an organisation which campaigns for the rights of the LGBT community, as well as a number of Dutch political parties.
Anderson announced plans to visit the Netherlands on 23 May as part of a “soul winning” mission in various European countries, including Sweden and Ireland.
Anderson initially gained notoriety in 2014, after calling for the execution of gay people. Following the Pulse massacre in Orlando in 2016, Anderson said, “The good news is that there’s 50 less paedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and paedophiles.”
Anderson has previously called on his followers to kill all gay people, citing that it would be a “cure for AIDS”.
The hate pastor’s planned visit to South Africa in 2016 was halted after an extensive campaign to ban him from visiting the country, spearheaded by GaySA Radio, led to then-minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba announcing that Anderson and his followers would not be allowed to enter the country.
Speaking about Anderson’s ban from visiting the Netherlands, Harbers said that the Dutch cabinet is “taking strong action against extremist speakers who, by spreading their ideas, restrict the liberties of others, or even incite them to hatred or violence.”
He added that measures to ban Anderson from entering the Netherlands would also be applicable to Iceland and the 25 other European countries that comprise the Shengen region, an area with a common visa policy that functions as a single jurisdiction for international travel purposes.
This means that Anderson has now effectively been banned from visiting the Shengen region, South Africa, Jamaica, the UK and Botswana, where the Christian extremist was arrested and deported in 2016.