Ireland bars Christian fundamentalist pastor from entering country

Anti-gay preacher Steven Anderson banned from Ireland

The decision makes Anderson the first person ever banned from Ireland by exclusion powers dating from that year.

Anderson's website reportedly claimed that he planned to preach to a congregation in Dublin on May 26.

Mr Anderson is a member of the Faithful Word Baptist Church which is not affiliated to any Christian denominations.

The Tempe church leader's inflammatory comments have included praying for then-President Barack Obama's death and denying the Holocaust happened.

He also praised the gunman who murdered 49 people at an LGBT-friendly bar in Florida in 2016 - saying that the victims "deserved to die".

Irish Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, at Government Buildings in Dublin.

Ireland's Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan signed the exclusion order ahead of his planned May 26 trip to Ireland, where he planned to give a public sermon.

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Numerous LGBT rights groups had called for Anderson to be barred from entering the country, with over 14,000 people signing a Change.org petition to that effect.

Section 4 of the Act allows the Irish Government to sign an exclusion order if it "considers it necessary in the interest of national security or public policy".

Jewish organisations in the United States have also accused Anderson of promoting Holocaust denial. "We are an old-fashioned, independent, fundamental, King James Bible only, soul-winning Baptist church".

"This petition is for the people to show that they want Pastor Steven Anderson banned from entering the Republic of Ireland".

Anderson has already been prohibited from going to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Jamaica, the Netherlands, South Africa and Switzerland and the majority of the European Union.

"The good news is that at least 50 of these pedophiles are not going to be harming children anymore", Anderson said in a YouTube video, according to The Washington Post.

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