Minister urged to ban American hate preacher from the Netherlands

Campaign group COC Nederland has called on junior justice minister Mark Harbers to ban controversial American preacher Steven Anderson from coming to the Netherlands to ‘win souls’ next month.

COC, which campaigns for LGBT rights, says Anderson should be banned for inciting hatred against gay and transgender people.

He has, for example, said that LGBT stands for ‘let God burn them’ and in 2016 said the death of 50 people in a gay bar attack was ‘good news’ because ‘there’s fifty less pedophiles in this world’.

The COC says Harbers should declare Anderson persona non grata in the Netherlands because his presence would form a danger to public order. The organisation has also urged Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema to take action.

PvdA MP Kirsten van den Hul and VVD MP Dilan Yesilgoz have also raised the issue in parliament. As far as the VVD is concerned ‘he has no reason to visit the Netherlands,’ Yesilgoz said on Twitter.

Anderson, who has been banned from the UK, plans to visit Amsterdam on May 23 to do some ‘soul winning’, to preach and to ‘try to baptise’ people. He is also visiting Dublin and Sweden.

He was earlier banned from South Africa, Botswana and Jamaica.

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