The Jamaican Government is being urged to ban an anti-gay pastor from the United States from entering the country.
The petition created by Jamaican activist Jay John posted to Change.org notes that Steven Anderson has previously said gay men should be stoned to death and celebrated the 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Anderson who is scheduled to arrive in Jamaica for a “Missions Trip,” on January the 29th is a pastor at the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona.
“Folks like this set us back in our discussion surrounding LGBT rights as a country,” petition creator John explained to the Washington Blade. “Mr. Anderson’s messages are inflammatory and blatantly disregards the value for minority.”
“His literal interpretation of the Bible regarding killing of gay people should not be echoed in a society like Jamaica,” John added.
Should the petition be successful, Anderson will find himself in a simular situation to his trip to Botswana in 2016, when the pastor was deported after telling a radio station during an interview the government should kill gays and lesbians.
Anderson is the same interview described the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre as “disgusting homosexuals who the Bible says were worthy of death.”
Anderson has also had his visa revoked in South Africa and his Faithful Word Baptist Church has been described as one of “the most hardcore anti-LGBT hate groups” in the U.S. by The Southern Poverty Law Center.
Jamaica is currently among the more than 70 nations around the globe which consensual same-sex sexual relations remain illegal.