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An American pastor who called Orlando massacre victims ‘paedophiles’ and praised the gunman has been banned from the UK.

Steven Anderson, of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Phoenix, told his congregation: “The good news is that there’s 50 less paedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and paedophiles.

‘That’s who was a victim here… just disgusting homosexuals at a gay bar.”

Praising the actions of the shooter, he said: “There is a full-on war going on! A bunch of filthy sodomite perverts are at war with us!”

The pastor planned to head to South Africa later this month to convert more people to his extreme cause – but has since banned from the country.

In a video blog posted on YouTube, he said:  “I’m banned from the UK, I’m banned from South Africa, where will I be banned from next?”

Mr Anderson claimed he had received “scores of emails” from people who were upset that he had been banned.

A Home Office spokesman confirmed the pastor has been banned.

He stated: “The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds.

‘Coming here is a privilege that we refuse to extend to those who seek to subvert our shared values.”

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