Gee, what an honor. For a moron.

Courtesy of The Irish Times

An American preacher with extreme anti-gay and anti-Semitic views has become the first person ever banned from Ireland by exclusion powers dating from 1999.

Steven L Anderson, a Baptist pastor based in Arizona, came to public prominence in 2009 when telling his congregation he had prayed for the death of then President Barack Obama and also praised the gunman who killed 49 people in an attack on a gay club in Florida in 2016.

His website stated he planned to preach to a congregation in Dublin on May 26th but did not specify the time or venue. An online petition calling for Mr. Anderson to be banned has so far been signed by 14,000 people.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan signed the exclusion on Sunday in respect of Pastor Steven L Anderson with immediate effect under the Immigration Act 1999.

It is not often that I am jealous of Ireland but this is one of those times. 

I would also like Pastor “I hate gay people” Anderson to be banned in this country as well. 

But unfortunately, we have that persnickety 1st Amendment thing which allows ignorant and hateful people to say ignorant and hateful things.  

The Constitution both giveth and taketh away.