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Ugandan gay rights group files lawsuit against U.S. evangelist Scott Lively

By Melanie Nathan
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A Ugandan gay rights group on Wednesday filed suit in federal court in Massachusetts against notorious American evangelist, Scott Lively, accusing him of violating international law by inciting the persecution of homosexuals in Uganda.

Scott Lively

Lively is the president of Abiding Truth Ministries, a conservative Christian organization that is classified as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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, reported The New York Times.

The result — The Anti-homosexuality Bill, otherwise known as the “Kill the Gays Bill,” led to increased persecution of the LGBTI Ugandan community.

The Ugandan legislature has considered the Anti-homosexuality Bill over several years since its introduction and re-introduction by one of Lively’s Ugandan contacts, Member of Parliament David Bahati.

The bill seeks to impose the death sentence for so called “aggravated homosexual behavior,” and imprison those guilty of the so called “promotion of homosexuality.”

Lively is being sued by the organization Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) under the alien tort statute, which allows foreigners to sue in American courts in situations alleging the violation of international law.

The suit, filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of SMUG, alleges that Lively has waged a “decade-long campaign … in coordination with his Ugandan counterparts, to persecute persons on the basis of their gender and/or sexual orientation and gender identity.”

CCR announced its action this morning in a conference call with reporters:

CCR is bringing the suit under the Alien Tort Statute, which provides federal 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.”

In other words, it allows a foreign national to sue in U.S. courts for violations of U.S. or international law conducted by U.S. citizens overseas. According to CCR, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that ATS is a remedy for serious violations of international law norms that are “widely accepted and clearly defined.”

The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mass., where Lively currently resides.

Lively has called for the criminalization of “the public advocacy of homosexuality” as far back as 2007.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. YEAH!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:38pm
  2. Yes.Get that bastard!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:39pm
  3. Justice for the Ugandan people!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:42pm
  4. I didn’t know they could, but that fucker needs to be prosecuted. I’m all for it, considering this hate has merely *escalated* the torture and killing of innocent lgbt folk in Uganda…

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:44pm
  5. Justice for all people’s of the earth.Regardless of gender, all the God of Heaven can see is his beloved children.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:45pm
  6. I can only hope that this guy gets hit with the book. No man has the right to attack and undermine the humanity and freedom of other people, no matter how he disagrees with them.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:46pm
  7. grrrr

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:46pm
  8. There is something in international law could Alien Tort which allows for this filing. I have almost no details but hose should be forthcoming as this unfolds.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:48pm
  9. I hate when people hide behind their religion to support hate. No religion promotes hate only close minded people do.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:52pm
  10. Awesome!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:53pm
  11. Finally!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:56pm
  12. about time

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 2:02pm
  13. about time yes! Those hedious idiots

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 2:10pm
  14. Take him for everything he is NOT worthy of.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 2:11pm
  15. leave him enough money for an education!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 2:29pm
  16. About time!!! These religious individuals go to third wolrl countries to envagelizar their citizens.As if we were in times of the Conquest and invasion.They destroy entires comunities by doing so, and their growth stops. They should be prohibited to allow other religions to do such act in other countries.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 2:36pm
  17. If Lively loses, does he get extradited to Uganda? Just curious.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 2:50pm
  18. These mean as a snake hater “preachers” have no connection to God in anyway in my book. Evil thugs.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 3:05pm
  19. put him and any like him on a boat haul it to the middle of the atlantic and sink it

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 3:13pm
  20. we can bash the Ugandin’s for the kill the gay bill, but it was started by American’s. I hope they bankrupt them

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:05pm
  21. Charges against Scott Lively for inciting persecution are not enough. By leading a HATE GROUP TO SPREAD LIES and get LGBTs in another country killed, I’d say Lively deserves charges for flat-out conspiracy to commit genocide!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:06pm
  22. Good for them. Evil!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:14pm