A “Lively” Opponent to Homosexual Relationships

February 19, 2015

Scott LivelyPastor Scott Lively, a world-renowned homophobe, faces crimes against humanity charges in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (3:12-CV-30051).  Lively heads the Abiding Truths Ministry based in Springfield, Massachusetts.  He travels the world espousing anti-homosexual rhetoric and is also an author of the “The Pink Swastika,” a publication in which he claims homosexuals are the creators of Nazism and the force behind Nazi barbarity.

The case against Lively was filed by Sexual Minorities Uganda pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (28 U.S.C.A. 1350).  The statute grants the district courts original jurisdiction for “any civil action by an alien for a tort only, committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.”  The charges stem from Lively’s role in the promulgation of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act.  The Act, also known as the “Kill the Gays” bill, would condemn homosexuals to life imprisonment.  It originally sought execution as punishment for repeated offenses of homosexuality.  Ultimately, the legislation was struck down by Uganda’s Constitutional Court.  However, the Ugandan Parliament is now proposing a new bill, the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices.  While Uganda attempts to pass anti-gay legislation, Russia has already successfully done so.

On June 30, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill prohibiting the promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships.  Known as the “gay propaganda law,” it has fined persons holding placards at gay rights rallies as well as a newspaper that published an interview in which a teacher claimed to have been terminated for being homosexual.  The goal of the law is to protect children from exposure to homosexuality and to preserve traditional family values.  The gay propaganda law was at the center of controversy during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.  The Olympic Charter proscribes discrimination, specifically pronouncing:

The practice of sport is a human right.  Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

Ultimately, Igor Ananskikh, head of the Russian Duma Committee on physical training, sports and youth, announced that the law would not apply to participants and guests of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

In September 2013 Scott Lively published an open letter to President Putin, praising Putin and the Russian government for “standing up for the family.”
Lively recognizes Putin as a comrade in his battle to “redeem the future of mankind from a Fascist Leviathan.”  A similar letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni may be forthcoming.

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