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Anti-LGBT Activist Targets ‘Gay Fascism’ Law in Springfield, Mo.

By Ryan Lenz on July 13, 2012 - 3:18 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Christian Right, Hate Groups

Scott Lively, the anti-gay activist behind Abiding Truth Ministries, has been engaged in a decades-long, international campaign to demonize the LGBT community. He has lobbied on behalf of a law in Uganda to make homosexuality punishable by death and has worked hard to propagate the myth that gay men caused the Holocaust.

Now, he’s turning his attention to Springfield, Mo., where he has labeled a proposed expansion of the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance a “Gay Fascism bill.”

If passed, the new law will add protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s standing law. According to local news reports, the Springfield City Council is scheduled to rule on it in August.

For Lively, who once prayed for the destruction of the Southern Poverty Law Center, such an expansion would represent a critical loss in the “war” against the “homosexual agenda.” What’s next, he asks, an all-out assault on Christianity?

“Framed as an ‘anti-discrimination’ measure it is in reality a ‘Gay Fascism’ Bill that will make disapproval of homosexuality illegal … and grant gays, lesbians and bisexuals and transgenders (GLBT) legal standing to sue their opponents, primarily Christians,” Lively wrote in a “Christian Red Alert” E-mail he sent last week. He added, “SPRINGFIELD IS NOT SAN FRANCISCO.”

Such vitriol is not surprising from Lively, who is best known for co-authoring The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party, which claims “the Nazi party was entirely controlled by militaristic male homosexuals throughout its short history.” (No serious historian agrees.) More recently, he has been involved in supporting the so-called “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda that would make homosexuality punishable by death.

Lively is traveling to Missouri tonight to address like-minded opponents of the ordinance at the Springfield library, where a group called Reclaiming Missouri for Christ has booked a room to hear his pitch. Incidentally, the group’s director, Mark Kiser, is a member of Chuck Baldwin’s “Black Regiment” – made up of gun-loving pastors whose views fall closely in line with the antigovernment “Patriot” movement.

Lively’s interest in Springfield may seem arbitrary. But for many like him, the smallest efforts to afford LGBT people civil rights are met with virulent denunciations, often framed in apocalyptic terms. That much seemed true last week, when Lively appeared on the American Family Association’s radio show with Bryan Fischer.

“This is a war that we’re facing in our country,” Lively said to great praise from Fischer. “And the contest is between homosexuality and freedom. These two things are in direct contradiction to each other. And if you’re going to establish that you can’t discriminate against homosexuality, you are stating that you are going to discriminate against Christianity.”

  • Jed

    “SPRINGFIELD IS NOT SAN FRANCISCO.” I was there people in the crowd yelled this. I responded with This is Springfield not Salem mass. This is 2012 not 1492. This kind of flat earth mentality must come to an end. I talked about the crusades, Nazi Germany. even Christians in the lions den. it just proves logic and ideology cant co exist. I was raised in a bigoted semi racist family. I changed allot of my views. So there is hope. I’ve done allot of growing up over the years. Today I am a human rights activist. If I can change maybe they can too. The ADL has a wonderful program called no place for hate. I want to say ty SPLC for all of their efforts in combating prejudice in all of its forms

  • Reynardine

    Mattj, Roehm’s quite open homosexuality was given as the reason for his execution on the “Night of the Long Knives”, and as everyone familiar with that event knows, that was an excuse. The reason was that those executed believed in the “socialist” part of the National Socialist platform, which Hitler had secretly bargained away in the deal he made with industrialists and junkers to give him the chancellorship and ultimately dictatorial power. General Schleicher, a man by no means homosexual, was assassinated at that time as well. As for Canaris, he began passing intelligence to the Allies because he believed Hitler was insane, and what kind of booty he liked I don’t know or care. You act like it’s a bad thing Hitler lost.

  • Reyn

    Ummm – Mattj70?


    “hardcore homosexual?’ What does that mean?



  • Mattj70

    In fairness Ernest Rohm was a friend of Hitler, SA leader who was executed for his gay group sex activities and wanting the SA replace the German Army. Also one of the least known reasons Hitler lost the war was Admiral Canaris the spy chief who was hardcore homosexual as well, giving troop movement information to the communists. Which created many issues on the German war efforts.

  • Reynardine

    You’re welcome, Erika. Just don’t try to wear a virtual bikini to the beach (though in this heat wave, it’s tempting)

  • Erika

    thanks for the sharkie – I’ll virtually wear it with pride :)

  • Reynardine

    Indeed, the little platinum Sharkie to Erika. As for the bikini, Aron, that’s up to her, and to you, if you want to send her one.

  • Aron

    I second CoralSea’s idea for Erika. So long as she also gets the aforemtioned bikini. ;)

  • CoralSea

    Thank you, Reynardine, for my silver anvil nod.

    What I find most dismaying about persons such as Scott Lively (in addition to the whole, “kill the gays” thing, which really is an attempt to promote genocide and unleash all manner of witch hunting that will pit neighbor against neighbor and basically rip apart Ugandan society if it actually gets going), is this business whereby if someone says they don’t have a problem with homosexuality, or believes that gays and lesbians deserve to be treated like “real people,” that this automatically means that they are “discriminating” against Christianity.

    In other words, whether you are a Christian or not, you are required to agree with them on homosexuality–and likely on everything else they consider important to their “faith”–or be branded as someone who discriminates against them or, considering Mr. Lively’s preoccupation with extreme measures, an enemy.

    This is a thread that seems to be working its way through a lot of different types of arguments now (e.g., the Affordable Care Act, foodstamps, abortion/contraception, dinosaurs roaming around among our ancestors after disembarking from Noah’s Ark, and the like), and appears, currently, to be used by religious extremists. It is a dangerous mindset because it really does set those who embrace it to want to fight.

    I very much hope that we aren’t going to begin seeing the sort of violence on the part of some religious extremists against women’s clinics and doctors who perform abortions bleeding (yes, literally bleeding) over into other areas. Unfortunately, as this type of visceral rhetoric continues to fan the flames of people who are already angry (and armed), I fear that we could see such violence. I just wish that those who incite such hatred and promote such black-or-white thinking could be tossed in jail along with those whom they provoke to do their bidding.

    Also, Erika should get a really pretty, solid platinum hammerhead sharkie charm (with tiny onyx eyes) to add to her charm bracelet for her impressive ability to present some of the legal underpinnings that bigots attempt to misuse.

  • Reynardine

    I can only remind Mr. Deadly of what Oliver Mellors, in Lady Chatterly’s Lover, said: If folks would only do their own effing, they wouldn’t talk a lot of clatfart about other people’s (probably the best part of the whole book).

  • Linnea

    Scott Lively accuses gay people of fascism?!

    He’s the fascist… he just doesn’t know what fascism is… then again, most of the right-wingers don’t.

  • Erika

    Probably a pill since pink is too bright to create a dimbulb

  • Reynardine

    What do you think, Erika, a Bulbie or a Pillie?

  • Erika

    I say even if not a hammerhead, my choice of pink neon seems appropriate given his obsession with homosexuality.

  • Aron

    Illudium, KdF may have been a rather evil organization, but hey, at least they had cruise ships!

    Even if thousands and thousands of refugees died in one at the end of the war…

  • Reynardine

    Excellence in legal argument should get a Sharkie, I think. Erika, you’re a likely contender.

  • Reynardine

    Erika, as Hammerhead Awards are actually for those who bother those of us on this site, I propose we think of a different category for those who are written *about*. For example, the Dim Bulbies and the Poison Pills. There should also be good awards. For example, those who have the persistance to break down Hammerheads with detailed, well-thought-out, and unbeakable arguments get Anvils, and this last week, Ruslan and Coral Sea should get the Gold and Silver Anvils, respectively. I don’t have the patience to try for one.

  • Sam Molloy

    Tell Mr. Lively that due to Gay computer program, now every Springfield in every state in the union now has a Fairness Ordinance. Maybe he will move to Uganda.

  • IludiumPhosdex

    From Joel:

    It’s not arbitrary. Springfield, MO is the headquarters of the Assemblies of God – so he likely expects lots of support.

    Not to mention its being the traditional gateway to Branson and its Muzikschaukultur such as cultural conservatives would love to see as the defining standard and litmus-test of their ideal Amerikanischer Leikultur after years of the “Axis of EVIL” (Hollywood-New York) being seen as “holding unhealthy dominance.”

    As a matter of fact, conservative editorialist Cal Thomas once saw in a rather fawning column dedicated to Branson that its shows promoted a “nutritious patriotism”–howbeit one on a par with what the Nazis were pushing through the Kraft durch Frude and, to a slightly lesser extent, Afrikaner Nationalists through the Reddingsdaadbond (“Rescue Action League”).

  • Ryan

    Scott Lively needs to reflect on why it is he spends so much time thinking about homosexuality. He is ever so slightly…obsessed.

  • Bill Housden

    Your article is on target in all but one respect. Springfield is not the home of “the” Springfield library. It’s a metro of 400,000 with many large library branches, a room in one of which Mr. Lively reserved.

    About four years ago, neo-Nazis volunteered to pick up litter on a stretch of busy local expressway, so they could see their name on a highway marker.

    Springfield could not legally stop that, but the road the lowlifes now clean is named the “Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Memorial Highway.” Rabbi Heschel was a Holocaust survivor and Jewish champion who made his home in Springfield after the war.

    So. Love and kisses from the Queen City of the Ozarks. Keep up the very fine work, and thank you for everything you do.

  • aadila

    Does this mean Lively would turn down a photo opportunity from Playgirl?

  • Reynardine

    Watch out. This is the kind of thread that attracts a certain corpse-defiler, whose name I will not invoke, and who is worthy only of a Shyten Hammerhead.

  • Joel

    It’s not arbitrary. Springfield, MO is the headquarters of the Assemblies of God – so he likely expects lots of support.

  • Supersonic250

    I hope to god that Ugandan gay rights group gets their lawsuit through the courts, and Lively gets charged with crimes against humanity. Nothing would please me more than to see his butt in Geneva.

  • Erika

    you know, now I actually want a pink neon hammerhead

    and a great white too!

  • Erika

    there is in fact an all out assault on Christianity taking place – by nutcases like Livesay.

    But in the spirit of the Hammerhead Awards, I nominate Mr. Livesay for a Pink Neon Hammerhead.