PRESS RELEASE FROM EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE IRELAND
Executive Director: Nick Park
22/24 Foley Street, Dublin 1
Thursday 9th May 2019
As Executive Director of Evangelical Alliance Ireland, I have consistently stood for freedom of speech for Christians and non-Christians alike. Nevertheless, society needs to be protected from the words and actions of those who, rather than expressing legitimate differences of opinion or unpopular viewpoints, choose to deliberately incite hatred and violence. It does not matter if such hatemongers are non-religious, Islamist extremists, or claim to be Christians.
Steven Anderson has a track record of vitriolic attacks against many individuals and minority groups. His frequent antisemitism, his denial of the historical fact of the Holocaust, his statements that he prays every day for individuals to die, his use of slurs and insults while preaching, and his characterisation of the terrorist murder of 50 victims at an Orlando nightclub as ‘good news’ are anti-Christian. His message is a blasphemous perversion of the Gospel, and has nothing to do with the genuine Good News proclaimed in the growing numbers of Evangelical churches across Ireland.
Evangelical Alliance Ireland is currently engaging with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service to assist religious workers from overseas, many from the United States, who are in Ireland as peace-makers. These religious workers, who are doing their utmost to comply with immigration policies that are sometimes unclear and confusing, are motivated by love for all the people of Ireland, including those who do not share our faith or moral viewpoint. It would be a slap in the face for them if Ireland was to extend a welcome to a hate-preacher who has no other motives than self-publicity and a desire to troll the people of this nation.
This individual has already been denied entry to a number of nations including Canada, Jamaica, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and the Schengen group of European nations. I am joining the many individuals and groups calling on the Irish government to deny Steven Anderson entry to Ireland.
Evangelical Alliance Ireland