World Media

Antisemitic US Preacher Becomes First Person Banned From Entering Ireland

Barred Controversial US Pastor Steven Anderson

On Sunday, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan signed an order to effectively ban Anderson from entering the country under the Immigration Act of 1999 - marking the first time the powers have been used since the law was enacted.

"I have signed the exclusion order under my executive powers in the interests of public policy", Flanagan told the paper.

After a mass shooting at an LGBT-friendly nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Anderson said it was good news that the 49 people were killed because the bible called for killing homosexuals. He has already been banned from other countries including the United Kingdom, Malawi, South Africa, Canada, Jamaica, and all other European Union countries.

Anderson released a video prior to Ireland banning him, saying he was going there to preach to the "righteous remnant", adding that "the vast majority of the wicked people over there have already just embraced bloody infanticide", referring to the country voting to legalize abortion previous year.

An online petition calling for Mr. Anderson to be banned has so far been signed by 14,000 people. He was the subject of a brief media firestorm in 2009 after he prayed for the death of former President Barack Obama.

Pastor Steven L. Anderson runs a small Baptist church in Arizona and has become notorious for his extremist views. "We are an old-fashioned, independent, fundamental, King James Bible only, soul-winning Baptist church". His church describes homosexuality as "abominations which God punishes with the death penalty".

The Irish decision comes after Anderson was banned in the Netherlands on May 3. The video, titled Marching to Zion, also repeats the antisemitic trope that Jews lied about the Holocaust in order to create the state of Israel. It's just yours truly who won't be there, except I am planning to be there in Ireland. "So, unless they ban me, I'm still going to be there in Dublin", he said. Let us know in the comments section below.