Scott Lively, ‘Kill The Gays’ Bill supporter and evangelist, goes on trial for crimes against humanity.
The ‘Kill the Gays’ bill in Uganda, which was introduced in several parliamentary sessions, arose out of an anti-gay conference that Scott Lively headlined in Kampala in 2009. Since then the violence, death threats, severe discrimination and oppression against LGBT Ugandans has flamed up.
Previously, Lively co-wrote a book titled The Pink Swastika, proclaiming that gays were responsible for the Holocaust and that Hitler’s Germany. He’s become a strategizing consultant on ways to silence and remove LGBT people from basic protections of the law, specifically by criminalizing their advocacy.
In the film God Loves Uganda, Rev. Kapya Kaoma, researcher at Political Research Associates, and an Anglican priest from Africa, now based in Boston, says about Scott Lively:
Africa became the dumping place for his extreme ideas. (…) After listening to Dr. Lively, the Parliament felt that there was a need to come up with a new bill.
The infamous “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” was introduced soon after the anti-gay conference that Scott Lively headlined in 2009.
From The Huffington Post:
On Monday, Scott Lively will tell a federal court why he supports Uganda’s extreme persecution of gays and lesbians.
The U.S. evangelist and anti-gay crusader’s trial begins Jan. 7 in Massachusetts. Lively is being sued for crimes against humanity by the organization Sexual Minorities of Uganda, represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).
From the CCR website:
The suit alleges that Lively’s involvement in anti-gay efforts in Uganda, including his active participation in a conspiracy to strip away fundamental rights from LGBT persons constitutes persecution. This is the first known Alien Tort Statute (ATS) case seeking accountability for persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
In a Washington Post blog post, Vince Warren, executive director of the CCR, writes:
Is there anything extremist right-wing preachers won’t blame on LGBT people? After the Newtown shooting, James Dobson listed tolerance of gay marriage as one of the reasons God’s punishment was directed at a bunch of first graders.
And who can forget the classic Jerry Falwell moment, blaming 9/11 on “the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle….”
It’s easy to laugh at wingnuts, but they have millions of followers and their hate, in the name of some perverted concept of God, gives moral cover to the queer bashers and bullies everywhere.
On Monday, we’re going to be face to face with one of them, Scott Lively, in a courtroom in Springfield, MA. If that name isn’t familiar to you like Falwell’s or Dobson’s, that’s because Lively’s unique contribution to this anti-gay agenda is his persecution consulting in other countries, most notably Uganda, where he brags he is known as the “father” of the anti-gay movements.
Many Americans have heard of the infamous “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda, which has been introduced in several parliamentary sessions since it arose out of an anti-gay conference that Scott Lively headlined in 2009. But the day-to-day reality for LGBT Ugandans is already violence, death threats, severe discrimination and oppression. Meetings of LGBT activists are raided and shut down, and advocates have been arrested for exercising their rights to speech, assembly and association. LGBT Ugandans’ advocacy, indeed their existence, is already criminalized.
No one has done more to orchestrate this situation than Scott Lively. Since 2002, he has worked systematically to strip away human rights protections from LGBT people in Uganda and elsewhere around the world, to silence them and make it impossible for them to organize and defend their rights. While he peddles the usual, age-old lie that LGBT people are pedophiles in order to deliberately provoke the rage that feeds the growing repression and violence, he combines that myth with a new twist, that gays were also responsible for the Holocaust and that Hitler’s Germany is what can happen when a gay movement grows unchecked.