Botswana government confirms deportation of anti-gay US pastor

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Earlier today,  there was a report on his Facebook page that he is being held at the country’s immigration department and “is awaiting deportation”.

A week ago South Africa barred Mr Anderson from visiting the country because of his critical remarks about homosexuality.

The home affairs minister said he was refused a visa as the constitution prohibits hate speech.

“I feel sorry for people who live in South Africa, but thank God we still have a wide open door in Botswana,” Mr Anderson posted on his Facebook page after the decision to refuse him a visa.

Botswana’s government has confirmed that US pastor Steven Anderson will be deported from the country (see earlier entry):

Pastor , a citizen has been declared a Prohibited Immigrant and as such is being deported from


Last week, he was barred from entering neighbouring South Africa over his anti-gay statements, but the government in Botswana has not made it clear why Mr Anderson is a “prohibited immigrant” there.

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