AN evangelical preacher who spearheaded a hate campaign against homosexuals in Uganda, and helped legislators draft the country’s notorious “anti-gay bill, is to stand trial in Massachusetts for alleged crimes against humanity
Scott Lively was yesterday denied a motion to have the charge dismissed by a federal judge.
Lively is accused of violating international law by inciting the persecution of LGBT individuals in Uganda. The lawsuit was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG) in 2012.
CCR Attorney Pam Spees said:
We are gratified that the court recognized the persecution and the gravity of the danger faced by our clients as a result of Scott Lively’s actions.
Lively’s single-minded campaign has worked to criminalize their very existence, strip away their fundamental rights and threaten their physical safety.
The lawsuit alleged that Lively aided the persecution of LGBT people in Uganda over the past decade and inspired notorious anti-LGBT legislation known as the “Kill the Gays” bill.
Lively attended an anti-gay conference entitled “Seminar on Exposing the Homosexual Agenda” in 2009 in which he accused gays and lesbians of having genocidal tendencies. His lecture lead to the introduction of the bill, the lawsuit claimed.
Ugandan organizers of the 2009 conference admitted they helped draft the bill and Lively himself admitted to meeting with lawmakers to discuss it.
Lively has denied that he conspired with government officials or religious leaders in Uganda to craft specifics of the legislation. He has said the lawsuit against him:
Boils down to nothing more than an attempt to define my Biblical views against homosexuality as a crime. Clearly, this lawsuit is intended not only to silence me as an effective voice of opposition to the ‘gay’ agenda, it is also to intimidate everyone else who would dare to follow my example.
Scott Lively, who has a personal testimony of the healing power of the Lord Jesus and is a strong advocate of Christian healing therapy for those suffering from same-sex attraction, has become a hate-figure of gay rights activists since his address on that subject to parliamentarians in Uganda was followed by the introduction of a Bill to make the promotion of sodomy in the East African nation illegal.
For a long while Green was flogging copies of Lively’s universally discredited The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality and the Nazi Party on his Christian Voice blog, but he appears to have done away with his on-line store and all the crap it contained.