Anderson is set to visit Johannesburg for a one day missionary excursion on 18 September after which he plans to go to Botswana for a week to set up a branch of his extremist Arizona church.
South African activists have waged a spirited campaign against his visit, lobbying government to not allow him into the country and convincing the venues where he planned to stay, meet and preach to deny him access.
LGBT groups in Botswana have now embarked on their own campaign, with the launch of petition that aims to stop Anderson from “coming to Botswana to preach hate”.
They have accused him of not only promoting the murder of gay people but also preaching that women are second class citizens who should be subservient to men.
The petition urges the government of Botswana to deny him entry into the country, and calls for church leader “to firmly condemn religious fanatics who use the Bible as a weapon to kill, spread hatred and oppress women”.
The groups further call on the women’s movement “to assert their stance in the protection of women’s rights and their democratic right to equality, education and employment”.
Anderson has described AIDs as “the judgement of God” and stated that executing gay people would free the world from the epidemic.
Most recently, Anderson praised the Orlando massacre as “good news” because “there’s 50 less paedophiles in this world”.
The petition points out that this makes him a de facto supporter of terrorism as the government of Botswana condemned the massacre as an “…unprecedented terrorist attack”.
The preacher also believes that women should be “home keepers and not office keepers” and should not be allowed to vote.
“These assertions erase the achievements that the women’s movement in Botswana has made over the years,” say the LGBT groups.
Anderson seems determined to become the latest member in a nefarious club of American evangelists who in recent years have propagated their anti-LGBT views and lies in Africa, stirring up hatred and inspiring the enactment of repressive laws.
To show your support against Anderson’s African safari, sign the petition here
Article first published in Mambo.Online