Anti-Gay Pastor Accused Of Crimes Against Humanity Hires Kim Davis’ Lawyers

Pastor Scott Lively, America’s number one exporter of violent homophobia, is finally being brought to trial for crimes against humanity for his role in crafting Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill which led to widespread, government-sanctioned violence and murder directed towards LGBT Ugandans. It’s been a long time coming. After years of legal delays, Lively will finally be heading to trial in 2016. Needless to say, the man who had no problem viciously encouraging governments around the world to persecute homosexual victims is not so keen on owning up to his actions. He rushed out to hire the best (and probably only) legal firm that would take the case: Kim Davis’ lawyers.

When not defending Kentucky country clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay people, the conservative Christian-funded Liberty Counsel seeks out bigots of all stripes. And as one of the most unapologetically bigoted men in the country, Lively could use certainly use their help.

Having been dealt blow after blow to his efforts to fight gay people in America, Lively looked elsewhere. As the opinions of Americans continued to move in favor of gay rights and marriage, he chose areas of the world which were much more likely to be receptive to his brand of ugly homophobia. On several occasions over the last decade, Lively had traveled to Uganda in order to teach “workshops” on how best to fight homosexuality. His teachings were carefully calculated to inflame anti-gay sentiment in the country. The Ugandan government, eager to exploit gay people as scapegoats, loved the idea of an American pastor visiting the country to lend credibility to their hate. Lively obliged them:

“The gay movement is an evil institution (that aims) to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity,’’ he said at a 2009 conference in Uganda.

Excerpts of Lively’s talk appeared in “A Prayer for Uganda,” aired in May on HBO’s newsmagazine “Vice.” In it, Lively compares homosexuality to pedophilia and says Uganda has “become like Sodom and Gomorrah.” He equates homosexuality with Nazism and fascism, blames the 1994 Rwandan genocide on gay people and calls AIDS “just punishment” for homosexuality.

In 2012, he hosted a particularly nasty “workshop,” and just months after he left, Uganda passed into law the so-called “Anti-Homosexuality Act” – known more popularly as the “Kill the Gays” bill for its tacit approval of savage treatment of gay and lesbian Ugandans. Lively originally instructed Ugandan politicians to make liberal use of the death penalty when dealing with gay people, but international condemnation forced their hand. They “settled” for dishing out life in prison for the “crime” of being gay.

Thankfully, the law was outrageous that unrelenting international pressure eventually forced Uganda’s government to repeal it (on a technicality to save face). By that time Lively had moved on to Russia, where he again set up shop and instructed the anti-gay conservatives in Russia’s government to get tougher on their nation’s gay population. After years of work, Lively got his wish. Russia’s on-going persecution of gay people and anti-gay laws are, in part, due to Lively as well. He gloated about this “victory” to fellow anti-gay bigot Bryan Fischer in 2013:

“It’s one of the proudest achievements of my career,” Lively said of the law in 2013 on Bryan Fischer’s radio show, “Focal Point,” run by the American Family Association. During the interview, he called Russia’s anti-gay law “very, very good.”

Lively’s actions hadn’t escaped the notice of horrified human rights groups and in 2012, they formally filed a lawsuit against the pastor for crimes against humanity. After years in which men and women have been murdered as a result of Lively’s actions, his day in court is finally nearing arrival.

Lively, like his fellow anti-gay “martyr” Davis, is both confident in his chances and unrepentant. He told reporters that his attacks on gay people are protected by his right to free speech and that he’s helping people realize that homosexuality is wrong.

“I’m not allowing anyone to stop me from defending biblical truth,” he said. “I’ll stand for the truth of God if it costs me my life.”

It’s unlikely to cost Lively his life, but he is facing a serious fine if he’s found guilty. Given the sheer volume of hate speech Lively has boldly spewed coupled with his own boasts of his success, it seems hard to imagine any court in the country could find him innocent. It’s too bad civil cases don’t carry prison terms, because the idea that Lively can walk the streets a free man is terrifying. For now, we’ll have to take comfort in the fact that at the very least, bankruptcy looms on the horizon.

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