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Proselytizing Death On Trial: Scott Lively Goes To Court Today For Crimes Against Uganda's Gays. Will Anybody Follow?

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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.
- Vince Warren, Washington Post.


The career of Scott Lively is based upon two things: a lousy, dysfunctional childhood and the most homophobic book ever written. Homosexuality was a scapegoat for one and a sadistic boon for the other. Mistreated by a mentally ill father, Lively descended into alcohol at an early age and was basically homeless by the time he was 19. After having "found Jesus Christ" he went on to become the president of the California Chapter of the American Family Association and to author,with Holocaust revisionist Kevin Abram, The Pink Swastika.  

Homosexuals Founded The Nazi Party and Were Enlisted For Their Extreme Cruelty.

So says the Pink Swastika. It also posited that Hitler was gay* and that homosexuals were NOT persecuted and exterminated in the Holocaust. The Pink Triangle barely, if ever, existed. Needless to say, the book (some of it based upon an earlier work in 1945 - Germany's National Vice) was roundly criticized by many historians as a "pernicious myth" and a "flat-out lie". Needless to say, it embraced by Christian Right churches and organizations as ... the gospel truth.  

"I know more about this subject than anyone else in the world."


"While we cannot say that homosexuals caused the Holocaust, we must not ignore their central role in Nazism," write Lively and Abrams. "To the myth of the 'pink triangle' -- the notion that all homosexuals in Nazi Germany were persecuted -- we must respond with the reality of the 'pink swastika.'"

Since it's publication, Lively has become one of the world's leading   holocaust revisionists.   and has billed himself as an "expert" in homosexuality and its causes, traveling to ill-educated and third world countries among them Latvia, Russia, Moldova and Uganda. He founded Latvia's Watchmen on the Walls, a rabidly anti-gay group. One incident is telling:

When in Latvia, Lively described the   killing of an alleged gay man by members of Watchmen on the Walls, (in Sacramento, CA) his Latvian audience cheered. Lively decried the cheering and applause with a wimpy "now, now."  


In 2009, Lively and a group of evangelical Christians held a widely-attended conference focusing on the evils of homosexuality, the "gay agenda" and how homosexuality must be criminalized in order to stop its evil rise:

       "when [homosexuals] see a child that's from a broken home, it's like they have a flashing neon sign over their head."

Uganda's First Lady, Madame Mouseveni, Minister David Bahati, clergy and legislators became incensed that anything like homosexuality could ever take over their nation. One month later, the infamous "Kill the Gays" bill was born.

Uganda On Trial

While Human Rights organizations, activists and the United Nations were aghast and the U.S. Congress mentioned sanctions against Uganda, Christian Right groups were quick to come to its defense with the reasoning that no entity had a right to tell Uganda how to control their societal affairs - especially if it was based upon (the Christian) religion. Nationally known Pastor Rick warren was silent on the affair and was pressured for months to speak out against the bill.

In the meantime, gays and lesbians were persecuted, people started going house-to-house trying to "expose homosexuals" (part of the proposed bill calls for sentences up to three years for not reporting homosexual activity), a prominent gay-friendly bishop's life was threatened and David Kato, one of Uganda's leading activists, was murdered. It is these actions for which Lively is being sued by Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG) under the the U.S.'s Alien Torte Statute. Lively's defense will be handled by Liberty Counsel, Jerry Falwell's legal arm from Liberty University.

@theCCR   will be live tweeting the event using the hashtag   #StoptheHate

Allies in Hate, Allies in Death

Cloaked under "free speech" and "freedom of religion", Lively's allies have been promoting his "ministry" (Abiding Truth Ministries) and The Pink Swastika for years. Chief among them are Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, labeled a hate group by the SPLC for its promotion of lies against the LGBT community.** Also in line for Lively's admiration society is Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and another "Kill the Gays" instigator, "prophet" Lou Engle. Reactions to the proceedings from these and other anti-gay leaders should be quite interesting.

The Humor In It All

If anyone can find humor in Lively's machinations and assertions, it is The Daily Show's Jon Stewart. Lively agreed to be interviewed for the program and its hilarious segment. Indeed, the stupidity of ANYONE such as Lively acquiescing to a feature on The Daily Show is well as hilarious. 

At the same time, however, the stupidity of Lively, his assertions, his dealings with Uganda have been serious - deadly serious.

There will be no laughter during the the day's proceedings - only shock at the results of Lively's deadly proselytizing. 


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*Quite an   unusual take since Hitler   "authorized an edict in 1941 prescribing the death penalty--yes, the death penalty--for SS and police members found guilty of gay activity." Also:

In 1942, the death penalty was instituted for homosexuality. Offenders in the German military were routinely shot. "That wasn't a punishment," Himmler explained, "but simply the extinguishing of abnormal life. It had to be got rid of, just as we pull out weeds, throw them on a heap, and burn them."

** Fischer himself has been a one-man hate group against gays, Native Americans and, of course, Muslims.


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