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01/06/2010

Video: Lively path to a deadly bill

by Jeremy Hooper

Box Turtle Bulletin has been rocking Uganda coverage since well before the mainstream media gave a damn. And now, working alongside the reasoned, committed workhorses at Ex-Gay Watch, BTB gives us even more insight into what kinds of insane anti-gay teachings led to the country's "kill gays" bill. Teachings from American religious leaders:


Scott Lively was one of three American activists to speak at an anti-gay conference in Kampala, Uganda on March 5-7, 2009. The other two participants were Exodus International board member Don Schmierer and International Healing Foundation’s Caleb Lee Brundidge. Two weeks after the conference, Lively bragged that he had delivered a “nuclear bomb against the gay agenda in Uganda.” Ex-Gay Watch and Box Turtle Bulletin have obtained some videos of that conference, and for the first time we get to see what that “nuclear bomb” looks like.

BTB Videos: Scott Lively Delivering His “Nuclear Bomb” To Uganda [Box Turtle Bulletin]


Ex-Gay Watch

Oh, and just to remind you: Scott Lively is one of the signatories on the "pro-family" Manhattan Declaration. The same document that was spearheaded by Focus on the Family's Jim Daly and National Organization for Marriage's Robert George, and which features the signatures of just about every prominent evangelical in America. The same document that the "pro-family" team is calling their "Christian Conscience."

You know, just in case you were taking comfort in the belief that this Uganda craziness could never happen in this county.

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Your thoughts

As I said, the part that hit me the hardest is the lie about the Rwandan genocide.

Wingnuts make Nazi comparisons all the time, though Lively takes it to a new, disturbed level. But saying someone is a Nazi is such an old trope that in some quarters, people tend to sort of roll their eyes at the allegation.

But to go to Uganda, which shares a border with Rwanda, and conflate gay people with one of the most famous genocides of our times, which happened, literally, in their backyard...it's malevolent. It's not misled, it's not overwrought...it's evil.

And it's revelatory. Scott Lively isn't like douchenozzles like Peter & Bam Bam. He's not like a Dobson, because he has relatively little influence in the modern parts of the world. But he's obviously got an overwhelming need to hurt gay people, and he's willing to go anywhere he can to do so. So, in that way, he's worse.

Posted by: Break the Terror (Evan) | Jan 6, 2010 11:53:15 AM

The Wingnuts are the pre-Nazis, we all know that, ....and since they are supported by the closeted Gay Pope they feel secure.

Posted by: LOrion | Jan 6, 2010 1:03:06 PM

This just makes me feel sick to my core. Why on earth would this man hate the LGBT community so much? Why is there so much fear and anger? Where does it come from?

Posted by: Callie | Jan 6, 2010 3:33:40 PM

How is this not blood libel?

Posted by: marsmannetje | Jan 6, 2010 4:37:01 PM

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