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Ugandan LGBT Group Sues Anti-Gay Activist Scott Lively

By Evelyn Schlatter on March 14, 2012 - 1:30 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Extremist Propaganda

A gay rights group in Uganda filed suit today against longtime anti-gay activist Scott Lively, according to The New York Times. The lawsuit, filed by Sexual Minorities Uganda, claims that, beginning in 2002, Lively conspired with Ugandan political and religious leaders to increase anti-gay fervor in the country with warnings that gay men would sodomize African children and pervert their culture.

Lively is being sued for persecution as a crime against humanity, under the alien tort statute, which allows non-Americans to sue in American courts if violations of international law are alleged. The suit further claims that Lively’s actions “resulted in the persecution, arrest, torture and murder of homosexuals in Uganda.”

Lively, based in Springfield, Mass., is the head of Abiding Truth Ministries, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as a hate group. He is also the author of the notorious “history,” The Pink Swastika, a book that falsely claims that gay men filled the Nazi Party and were ultimately responsible for the Holocaust. (The book is regularly referenced by the worst anti-gay activists, men like Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, who has claimed that “[h]omosexuality gave us Adoph Hitler … the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.”) In 2009, Lively traveled to Uganda where he participated in a conference about the alleged evils of homosexuality. At that gathering, Lively discussed the evils of the “homosexual agenda”, and further claimed that gays were instrumental in Nazism and probably in the Rwandan genocide as well.

While at the conference, Lively reportedly met with members of the Ugandan parliament, including David Bahati, and religious leaders. A month after the conference, Bahati introduced the notorious “Kill the Gays” bill, which authorized the death penalty for gay people in certain circumstances. After an international outcry, the bill initially stalled. But it was reintroduced this February.

Today’s lawsuit charges that Ugandan LGBT people’s “very existence has been demonized through a coordinated campaign, which LIVELY has largely initiated, instigated and directed, to attribute to the ‘genocidal’ ‘gay movement’ an irrepressible predilection to commit rape and child sexual abuse.”

Virtually all relevant American scientific associations have officially declared that the charge that gay men molest children at higher rates than straight men is false. But that has not stopped the American Family Association and other religious-right hate groups from repeating the baseless defamation.

According to a March 2011 report on Uganda issued by Human Rights Watch, harassment, threats and violence directed toward LGBT people in Uganda has escalated since the introduction of the bill. In 2010, David Kato, a prominent defender of gay rights in Uganda, was brutally murdered.

Asked to comment on the suit filed today, Lively told The New York Times that he had not yet been served and didn’t know about it, but that it’s “about as ridiculous as it gets. I’ve never done anything in Uganda except preach the Gospel and speak my opinion about the homosexual issue.”

  • MrsCaptJack

    Dan Zabetakis ~ Lively’s ‘protected speech’ was not MADE in the US, it was made in Uganda while he held himself out to be an expert on the subject of Gays molesting children. His speech is subject to the laws of Uganda, not the US, regardless of the fact that he is a US citizen. He was there for hire, as an expert in his alleged field of knowledge. I hope they added fraud as charge in this lawsuit.

    As for Frances ~ who do you think WROTE the bible? Do you think God came down and wrote this stuff out? Nope, sorry. Men wrote it and edited the heck out of it. Lots of people claim inspiration from God, including many athletes who thank God for the touchdown/basket/homerun. The King James bible leaves out much of what was written because it was deemed ‘less important’. (Check the gospels of Thomas just for starters.) A king in England and his scholars made the decisions over what you claim to be the word of God.

    And if you want to use the bible as a reference, Jesus said “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” That doesn’t mean killing people because they were born gay. Not in ANY language.

  • Philip Greene

    The Bible also says that the so-called sin of Jesus’s crucifixion should be visited upon the Jews and the children of the Jews, so, using your logic, frances, Hitler was wasn’t preaching hatred or committing a crime when he called for an performed genocide against the Jews — right? He was just quoting what was said in the Bible.

    He probably loved everyone too, I’m sure.

  • Aron


    He LOVES them so much he wishes them to be KILLED? Make sure you stay out in Springfield. I don’t want to see you around the Boston area. You might not like REALITY.

  • frances

    Pastor Scott is only quoting what is written in the bible. The SIN is the problem not the people. Pastor Scott loves everyone,judging is NOT him.

  • Kate De Braose

    Slanderers get by just so long as they avoid putting the names of their victims to their hate propaganda. The minute they mention an actual public figure, they are subject to actionable charges of libel.

    Right now they are feeling safe by simply applying a scary label to people they do not even know. If they publish their slanders, they can be sued for libel. In the case of child abusers, everyone knows that crime is committed almost exclusively by heterosexual men, and insane ones at that.

    It is a coward’s trick to get attention and deflect criticism away from their own sins against persons. In that way, it serves to frighten people in the same ways as requests by Nazi groups for permits to parade through neighborhoods where Jewish citizens live.

  • The other Dave

    Aron , I’ll second that.

  • Snorlax

    Lively is deadly. He belongs in prison.

  • Dan Zabetakis

    “Your opinion is a death sentence in Uganda, and if you had your way, in this country as well.”

    The problem is that the issues of whether homosexuality should be illegal or whether the punishment should be the death penalty are political issues. As such, views for or against these propositions are protected speech.

    Unless he is advocating extrajudicial killings it is not wrong to express his opinions, even if I oppose them.

    I can’t see that a court in the US would get beyond preliminary hearings before this suit is thrown out.

  • David29073

    “I’ve never done anything in Uganda except preach the Gospel and speak my opinion about the homosexual issue.”…
    along with making sure that opinion made it into Parliament and probably shaped the Kill Gays law. Your opinion is a death sentence in Uganda, and if you had your way, in this country as well.

  • Aron

    I fully expect Funinsnow to weigh in with his ‘educated’ opinion. And I can’t wait to see him trounced!

    (For the record, I will do everything in my power to avoid mentioning him any further. It I probably not a good idea to feed the trolls. Also, I found out that he has been banned from nearly every forum he has frequented. And I think that says a lot about him!)

  • Rev. Dan Vojir

    Lively’s latest statement, “speak my opinion about the homosexual movement” is also patently false: in the video of his Kampala conference he states “I probably know more about this subject the anyone else in the world.” This is not a statement of “opinion”. He cites his stories, “facts” and :figures” as “gospel”. He has made the same statements in Latvia, Russia and Moldova. He provides theories and proposes “cures” without any training in psychology whatsoever. He goes hand-in-hand with discredited “researchers” Paul Cameron and Joseph Nicolosi.

    And they are all tied to Family Research Council and American Family Association.

    hate begets hate.

  • Dan Zabetakis

    I doubt this will get very far. It will be very difficult to show a direct connection between this guy and any specific acts in Uganda. He can’t be held responsible for bills passed by a foreign legislature. He can’t be held responsible for acts of a foreign executive. Yeah, he may be a turd bucket, but his views are protected speech in the US and I don’t see any way around it.

  • Reynardine

    Within the United States, group libel is, to too great an extent, deemed protected by the First Amendment, but where it results in violence, official or not, it should be at least civilly prosecutable. In this case, there is a nexus with international law; even without that, I’d say those mealy-mouthed deniers were either conspirators or accessories before to murder.

  • Aron

    Give lively Hell, guys! Goodness knows he deserves it…

  • Lee

    My God, at times I’m sure that some of the peoples’ of the Earth have gone completely insane.
    I’m just 55 yrs. old but it seems all my life there has been nothing but wars, assassinations, riots.
    I’ve become cynical and almost a misanthrope but I am grateful for SPLC. How you at SPLC keep from becoming cynical is beyond me.
    Thank you for all the work you do.