Johannesburg - The now infamous “kill-the-gays” American pastor, Steven L Anderson, has claimed he is being persecuted by South Africans, following a series of pranks against him and his evangelical church.
An online petition addressed to the Department of Home Affairs to keep Anderson from entering South Africa for a recruitment drive in September has received more than 36 000 signatures.
The Arizona-based preacher and Holocaust denier initially achieved online notoriety in 2014 after calling for gay people to be executed.
He again brought negative attention to himself this year when, a day after 49 LGBTI people were gunned down in the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida, he 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.”
In a video released last week, Anderson posted a clip claiming a series of advertisements had been made on Craigslist, claiming his church was giving away free goods.