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‘Hate group’ leader preaches against anti-discrimination law in Missouri

Monday, July 16, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo — Scott Lively, a noted anti-LGBT extremist and the head of the Massachusetts-based Abiding Truth Ministries — a group listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group — told an audience of 70 people on Friday night that a culture war is currently being waged between those fighting for sexual anarchy and those fighting for family values.

Scott Lively

Standing at a podium with a sign displaying the message, “Human Rights Commission is a Trojan horse for the gay agenda,” Lively told the audience that they needed to kill a proposed city ordinance extending civil rights protections to gay, lesbian and transgendered people in Springfield.

“Don’t let this anti-discrimination ordinance go through,” said Lively during his presentation at The Library Station on North Kansas Expressway. “It’s like chicken pox. It’s in your system forever. You’ve got to kill this thing before it goes in.”

The proposed ordinance is scheduled to be on the agenda of the city’s full council next month for a vote.

According to local media, members of the audience listened intently to Lively’s speech, some nodding in agreement uttering an occasional “amen.” Others, however, shook their heads in disbelief later commenting that Lively was spreading paranoid misinformation and characterizing people fighting for the right to marry and have families as anti-family.

Lively, who said he paid his own way to Springfield to share his message, argued that homosexual activists have capitalized on what he called the black civil rights movement by bundling their rights with those he called “legitimate ethnic minorities” and riding their coattails to social legitimacy, reported the Springfield News-Leader.

“Since when is sodomy a civil right,” said Lively. “It’s a ridiculous, preposterous notion! There’s absolutely no correlation between sodomy and skin color.”

Lively said that anti-discrimination ordinances give “highly organized homosexual activists” the leverage they need to “violate the rights of Christians.”

Stephanie Perkins, Deputy director of PROMO, a statewide LGBT advocacy organization, said she was offended by Lively’s claims, which cast LGBT persons as “anti-family, and worse, unpatriotic.”

Mark Kiser, president of “Reclaiming Missouri for Christ” and host of the event, said Lively’s message was precisely what people needed to hear, and that he plans to present a “family first” proposal to the city council.

“I wanted him to bring some shock and awe and to wake up the Christian community,” Kiser said. “The Christian community here is asleep.”

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13 more reader comments:

  1. This guy must have a lot of repressed anger.. what a douche bag.

    Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9:15pm
  2. The hell is with these nutjobs always claiming someone’s at war with them? I guess paranoia is the last step before completely losing your mind.

    Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9:15pm
  3. “But the bible says it’s okay to discriminate. You’re going against God! Repent!” I bet that’s what’s running in that Scott Lively’s head. Lol

    Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9:17pm
  4. Bend his hairy ass over and….

    Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9:23pm
  5. Oh, My!

    Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9:23pm
  6. I don’t and probably never will understand why people think we are out to ruin values and wage war..last time I checked it’s no ones business what I do behind closed doors and its my right to marry same sex or not.It just blows my mind.What ever happened to we were all created equally in the eyes of god?

    Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9:29pm
  7. T~T

    Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9:30pm
  8. What an ignorant ass. I love it when they call the people are fighting for human rights a gay agenda. the hate that they spew it not. They need to get a life. Anyone who gets up in front of people and spreads lies and promulgates hate needs to be tried for hate crimes. Why is it they are not brought to task when it is against gay people but if for racial hate or hate against women they would be.

    Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9:31pm
  9. I agree Fred!

    Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9:32pm
  10. I just want to know where he gets his eye brows waxed at love the arch not really barf besides in the bible says not to judge oh that’s right his fashion so out of date that it looks like he from the early 20s fashion in those days was hoot all one of kind now days all kinds and they just can not handle it then go back in the closet let us that has come out breath that all :)p

    Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9:36pm
  11. Well fed hater.

    Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 10:02pm
  12. Why do these people always go to anal sex?? Thats not what being gay is about and has nothing to do with equality.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 3:04am
  13. Consider this: He doesn’t particularly believe the things he is saying. He has simply found a niche market that allows him make a good living while not really doing anything but traveling around. He’s the modern day equivalent to a snake oil salesman. Even if he does believe it, it’s still a pretty good gig.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 6:18am