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Anti-gay extremist planning day of ‘teaching and preaching’ in Oklahoma

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Anti-gay extremist Scott Lively, has been invited to visit the Draper Park Christian Church in Oklahoma City for three days of “teaching and preaching,” from April 27-29, 2012.

His visit happens to follow both the Holocaust Day of Remembrance and the Day of Silence, which is timely, since much of Lively’s career has been built around attempting to mis-educate and confuse people about the lives of LGBT people and making frankly absurd claims about gay people within the Nazi Party.

Scott Lively

One has to wonder what sort of “teaching and preaching” will happen within these three days.

Will the truth (or any truth) come from his presentations? Will there be any thoughtful dialog? Will there be any teaching from Isaiah 58: “loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke to set the oppressed free?” We can safely assume not.

Lively is not your run-of-the mill anti-LGBT activist. He is even more dangerous. His attacks on LGBT people are well documented in GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project. He is the former state director for the California branch of American Family Association, which Southern Poverty Law Center named a hate group.

Most notably, Lively is also the author of “The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party,” which purports that the “Nazi Party was entirely controlled by militaristic male homosexuals throughout its short history.”

Yes, as the country remembers the Holocaust and the millions of people who lost their lives and their livelihood, including LGBT people, Scott Lively will be telling anyone who will listen that gay man created such an atrocity.

Lively’s attacks on LGBT people are not limited to bizarrely revising history. He has called for the criminalization of “the public advocacy of homosexuality,” both in the United States and especially abroad. He is directly linked to proposed anti-gay legislation in Uganda, which aims to make simply being gay punishable by death.

In 2009, he held an anti-gay conference in Kampala, which he called a “nuclear bomb against the gay agenda in Uganda.” Because of his intense influence and the hatred he inflamed in Uganda, Lively has been blamed for the death of equality advocate David Kato.

Lively is now advocating for anti-gay activism in Moldavia.

As hard as it is for some of us to take him seriously, Scott Lively’s words and actions bring real harm to real people. His message to the unwitting parishioners at Draper Park Christian Church will portray him as the victim.

In reality, has been on a hunt to demonize LGBT people to the point that members of the LGBT community have been brutally killed following his talks. This is no Christian message. It incites unspeakable acts, and brings harm to others.

Thankfully, there are Christians out there who do not want to be associated with Lively’s lies and revisionism.

In response to Lively’s visit to Draper Park Christian Church, the Cimarron Alliance Foundation in Oklahoma City is arranging a press conference featuring several LGBT-affirming groups, including Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, The Center for Oklahoma Human Rights Alliance and the ACLU.

These faith leaders will demand that Lively speak the truth, rather than “Holocaust revisionism.” Several Oklahoma City churches will open their doors for a special time of reflective prayer for LGBT people and their supporters.

Sadly, these Christians are underrepresented in the mainstream media, while harmful messages like Scott Lively’s are routinely featured.

GLAAD recently released ‘Missing Voices’, a report that highlights the mainstream media’s overreliance on anti-LGBT religious voices, while ignoring people of faith who love, support, and affirm LGBT people. Instead of focusing attention on the dangerous messages coming from people like Scott Lively, the media would be better to share the stories of the people of faith who are gathering to voice their love and support for LGBT people.

These Christians who are gathering in Oklahoma City are trying to stem the harm brought forth by Scott Lively. They recognize the harm that he has inflicted on those who endured the Holocaust, the families of those whose lives were lost to it, LGBT people and supporters who are fighting for their lives in Uganda and Moldavia, and those who want to live and worship in peace in Oklahoma.

Their witness is powerful and their ministry is needed, especially in trying times such as these.

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48 more reader comments:

  1. time for a pride parade

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:42pm
  2. Doesn’t this already exist? I swear it did…

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:42pm
  3. Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:43pm
  4. the more the crazy peep shyt out their mouth the better for us…let them be crazy as they wanna be…it brings out the normal in regular folk.

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:43pm
  5. HA FUCK THAT GUY

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:43pm
  6. When you pray to the god of this world, he gives you riches and power and control of people’s minds.

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:43pm
  7. once again, my home state embarrasses itself

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:43pm
  8. Yuck. DNW

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:44pm
  9. Why not LA. NYC. Chicago, San Francisco, Miami … just hiding out with a fringe ‘church’ in a right wing State “preaching” hate. So brave.

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:44pm
  10. Interesting.

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:46pm
  11. coincidince? I think NOT!!! ~Said like the teacher from the Incredibles~

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:46pm
  12. Gross.

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:46pm
  13. His hate will die with him.

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:47pm
  14. What a douche… :/
    Probably a closet case!

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:48pm
  15. Stupid..

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:48pm
  16. Let’s hope he meets a painful, terrifying death.

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:49pm
  17. Homophobes are known to hide their homo feelings. Hate is just cover-up. Too bad he’s not pulling a Westboro-style protest in big cities. He’s scared!

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:51pm
  18. Closet case.

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:57pm
  19. Too bad I scheduled my abortion for that weekend.

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:57pm
  20. He had better be scared – scared of going to hell for judging other people when he doesn’t know what he is talking about.

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:59pm
  21. animals and barbarians

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:03pm
  22. he is just butt hurt cause his boyfriend santorum lost

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:05pm
  23. Glad I won’t be there! All that gospel preaching on street corners tends to get on my nerves. I would like to be able to walk to the store without being forced to put up with people bumrushing me and blocking my way (not lying, they have done that)

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:07pm
  24. People just got to stop going in our bedrooms mind there own damn business learn to shut the hell up when they don’t know all use has heart and we want to be treated with respect like they do do we get into there business no so stay out of ours straight ass holes who against equal rights for all

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:12pm
  25. its the new hitler

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:23pm
  26. He’s a sad, sad man, and when he dies God will appear and say “You know nothing of my work, catch the next down elevator”.

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:34pm
  27. It is FUCKING OKLAHOMA!

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:56pm
  28. Thomas please refrain from judging the judgemental homophobe it makes you a hypocrite

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:59pm
  29. Just another sad case

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 9:01pm
  30. There is nothing wrong with homosexuality. Not everyone shares the same beliefs. Tomorrow, on the Day of Silence, I will be talking but only because I have to work. I work at a snow cone stand. While I know that most children do not know or understand the significance of the rainbow, I smile every single time a boy orders pink bubble gum and girls and boys order rainbows. Maybe, one day this hate will stop.

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 9:29pm
  31. The media do rely on extremes of opinion to create polarised stories. That means liberal Christians need to get a lot more vocal. That may mean heavily criticizing people like this from within their own ranks. Have they got the balls to do it? Whose side will they take?

    Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:58pm
  32. Some ppl need a group of ppl to hate…

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 5:00am
  33. At least he’s not here.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 5:37am
  34. I can only hope that this shitstain is reincarnated as, well, a shitstain. Horrible man. And i hesitate to call him that. He is just evil.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:00pm
  35. should have read OKLAHOMA welcomes racists homophobe closet case bigot….OK is slidding backward every day

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:02pm
  36. N evil people never last long

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:02pm
  37. Ugh…he’s disgusting

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:04pm
  38. What I want to know is why they care so much what we do in our bedrooms? It’s all a little creepy to me

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:09pm
  39. He should take a course in nutrition and a healthy diet. xoxo

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:10pm
  40. Sickening.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:10pm
  41. To distort the historical record of the Holocaust in any manner is Holocaust denial. To twist the documentation so as to make all of WWII gay people’s fault, as Lively does, is no different in kind from Hitler’s propaganda that pinned all fault for everything on Jews. Moreover, the gay victims of the Holocaust (who are given their due memorialization in Berlin and elsewhere) *should* serve as a reminder of the importance of ending anti-gay discrimination. Concentration camp prisoners who were Jewish and gay had to wear both yellow and pink armbands and were especially ill treated.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:11pm
  42. Jesus did not speak of bashing gay people, Jesus had more important things to do like feeding the hungry and healing the sick.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:20pm
  43. Why don’t he plan a day of taking his meds?

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:38pm
  44. President Snow?

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:03pm
  45. Hopefully this mans god will call him home soon, he’s spread enough Hate and Intolerance for 2 or more lifetimes. Anyone who takes this creep seriously is as sorry as he is.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:23pm
  46. The man is lower than the helpless animals he slaughters back in South Africa and his opinions really dont count for anything!. He’s full of more wind than an elephants fart and he smells even worse I’m sure!.

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 3:16pm
  47. The modern day KKK – This is how these people need to be portrayed. To gather and preach hate is alot like the kkk in the past…

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:00pm
  48. come to the neck of my woods BOY and we’ll show you some christian love!

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:59pm