LGBTQ interest group wants to ban American preacher from Netherlands
COC Nederland wants the Netherlands to deny entry to American preacher Steven Anderson. The LGBTQ interest group calls on State Secretary Mark Harbers of Justice and Security to ban him from entering the Netherlands, NOS reports.
The Baptist preacher is known for extremely hateful statements about LGTBQ people, among other things. He once said that LGBT stands for 'Let God Burn Them'. And after a mass shooting at a gay bar in Orlando in 2016, in which 50 people were killed, Anderson called it "good news that there are 50 fewer pedophiles" in a YouTube video. He is also vehemently anti-abortion, wanted President Barack Obama dead, and is known to question the evidence of the Holocaust, according to the broadcaster.
Anderson wants to do some 'soul winning' in Amsterdam and is planning a sermon on May 23rd. Exactly which locations he plans on visiting, is not yet known.
COC Nederland calls Anderson a "hate preacher" and wants him to be considered an unwanted foreigner. "Various laws give Harbers that authority if persons pose a threat to public order", the interest group said. COC sent a call to deny Anderson entry to Harbers, and sent copies to Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema and the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament.