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An Arizona pastor who has said he prayed for the death of former President Obama and celebrated the 2016 massacre of 49 people at the predominantly LGBT nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, has become the first person banned from entering Ireland, according to the Irish Times.
Irish Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan signed an order under the nation’s 1999 Immigration Act forbidding the entry of Steven L. Anderson, pastor of Arizona anti-LGBT hate group Faithful Word Baptist Church, ahead of a visit to Dublin that Anderson said he had scheduled for May 26.
He was expected to preach to an unspecified congregation, according to the newspaper.
It is the first exclusion order signed since the law was enacted.
Anderson made headlines in 2009 when he said he prayed for Obama’s death as well as after the 2016 Pulse shooting, which he said resulted in “50 fewer pedophiles.” and has repeatedly said the Bible calls for the execution of gay people.
“The good news is there are 50 less pedophiles in this world,” Anderson said at the time. “Because these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and pedophiles. That’s who was [sic] the victim here — a bunch of just disgusting homosexuals at a gay bar.”
Anderson has also produced videos promoting Holocaust denial and claiming that the Jewish messiah is the Antichrist.
He has been banned from several other countries, including the United Kingdom, Malawi, South Africa, Canada, Jamaica and all other European Union countries.
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