A pastor who called for the execution of gay people was blocked from entering Jamaica.
Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church was planning to visit the island country this month, according to PinkNews. Jamaican officials said Anderson was kept from boarding his flight because of pressure from activists against his appearance.
“The decision was made by the chief immigration officer because the pastor’s statements are not conducive to the current climate,” A spokesman for the Ministry of National Security said to the Guardian.
An online petition to block his entry to Jamaica had over 38,000 signatures.
Anderson was previously kept from traveling to South Africa in 2016, according to PinkNews. The pastor’s sermons called for stoning those who are gay.
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death,” Anderson said in a sermon. “Their blood shall be upon them. That, my friends, is the cure for AIDS. It was right there in the Bible all along.”
According to PinkNews, Anderson plans to visit another Caribbean country on a mission trip in the future.