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Lively claims lawsuit targets him for speaking anti-gay ‘truth of the Bible’

Thursday, March 15, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Scott Lively, the anti-gay U.S. evangelist who is the subject of a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a Ugandan gay rights group, responded Thursday, and said he was being targeted “for speaking the truth of the Bible” about homosexuality.

Scott Lively

“I am an American citizen [being targeted] over the persecution of homosexuals as they define it as a crime against humanity – for speaking the truth of the Bible in a foreign country,” said Lively, founder of Abiding Truth Ministries, a conservative Christian organization that is classified as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In an interview with the conservative website “World Net Daily,” Lively said that “the definition of “crime against humanity” comes from European progressives, and accusations against him appear to be based on his speeches and writings about the Bible’s perspective on homosexuality.

The Ugandan gay rights group “Sexual Minorities Uganda” (SMUG), filed suit in federal court in Massachusetts on Wednesday, accusing Lively of violating international law by inciting the persecution of homosexuals in Uganda.

The lawsuit alleges that beginning in 2002, Lively conspired with religious and political leaders in Uganda to whip up anti-gay hysteria with warnings that homosexuals would sodomize African children and corrupt their culture. The suit alleges that Lively’s actions led to the introduction of the Anti-homosexuality Bill in the Ugandan parliament, by one of Lively’s Uganda contacts, MMP David Bahati.

The bill, commonly known as the “Kill the Gays Bill,” led to increased persecution of the LGBT Ugandan community, according to the suit.

Lively has called the suit “absurd” and “completely frivolous,” and told the Associated Press via email that he has never advocated violence against homosexuals.

Lively said he has preached against homosexuality but advised therapy for gays, not punishment.

“I spoke to members of parliament in their assembly hall, and advised them to focus on therapy and not punishment [for homosexuality],” Lively told World Net Daily.

“What they’re suggesting here is that the duly elected legislative representatives of Uganda, the cream of Ugandan society, cannot be responsible for their own [legislative] actions – that they adopted legislation because a white evangelical came and said something to them,” he said.

The suit was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of SMUG, under the alien tort statute, which allows foreigners to sue in American courts in situations alleging the violation of international law.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. I saw him eating shell fish on the Sabbath!

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 3:41pm
  2. Motherfucker

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 3:41pm
  3. People forget the bible was written by people NOT by God

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 3:46pm
  4. He’s a murderer.

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 3:55pm
  5. Not only that but Paul said that homosexuality is not a mortal sin according to Jesus. What Bible is he talking about?

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 3:56pm
  6. That mean hating fugger needs to be hurt in the worst possible way.

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 3:58pm
  7. Yes.. Springfield…. where Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover hanged himself at age eleven after years of anti-gay bullying……

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 4:10pm
  8. What he can’t fathom, is the possibility that the bible isn’t everyone’s truth…

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 4:11pm
  9. To Scott Lively: If you’re innocent, why are you such a violent (beep) and LIE to the people of Uganda saying gays (and perhaps lesbians) were rapists?

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 4:52pm
  10. there are gay rights groups in Uganda? yay

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 5:03pm
  11. This creep is responcible for scaring the crap out of Ugandan heterosexuals with his lies, distortions and mischaracterizations. He has blood on his hands and has created a scourge he will never be able to fix. Nevertheless he should be forced to spend the rest of his life trying to undo the damage he has done to the people of that country.

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 5:39pm
  12. How is using religion as a tool for hate not discrimination?

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 6:03pm
  13. The man is mean, evil and filled with hate.

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7:12pm
  14. Oh they believe their religious rights include gay bashing and killing. They believe that their religious rights include insisting gay people stay in the closet or commit suicide. This man and his kind have a hot place reserved for them when God judges them…

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7:41pm
  15. He can shove his bible in his behind! Bastard!

    Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 11:32pm
  16. He is lucky that he isn’t gay in Uganda, where they might put a bullet in his head… or even worse.

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8:26am
  17. This is X-tianity?

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 1:22pm