Most of us go our entire lives without ever standing trial for crimes against humanity. Then again, most of us aren’t notorious bigot Pastor Scott Lively, whose life work seems to be to ask the question: “How can I make *** people miserable across the world?”
In the United States Lively’s homophobic messages are largely
ignored, and in recent years he has had to endure various setbacks at
the state and federal level as equality makes historic gains.
Undeterred, Lively has sought out foreign lands where his particular
brand of ruthless anti-*** ideas are more accepted. In Uganda, he found a
home away from home. During a Christian “workshop” in the African
nation he managed to become one of the principal architects behind some
of the most retrograde anti-*** legislation on the planet.
Officially titled the “Anti-Homosexuality Act” and more commonly
known as the “Kill the Gays” bill, Lively’s vision was nothing less than
a roadmap for the total persecution and eradication of homosexuals from
Uganda. In Lively’s original design, anyone caught engaging in
homosexuality would be executed. A newer bill softened that stance
slightly after worldwide condemnation – in the latest version,
homosexuals would only be sentenced to life in prison.
Unfortunately for Lively, orchestrating genocide in another country is kind of frowned upon, and in 2012 a lawsuit
was filed against Lively in federal court in Massachusetts for crimes
against humanity. This week, the First Circuit Court of Appeals denied Lively’s final request to have it dismissed because, well, the whole genocide thing.
During his lengthy appeals process, one would think that Lively would
lay low and avoid saying anything that suggests he isn’t at all sorry
for helping Uganda try to kill its *** population. Instead, Lively has
continued to double down on his efforts to spread as much homophobia as
possible. It’s gotten so bad that the watchdog group Human Rights
Campaign dedicated September to chronicle the various ways Lively and
his anti-*** ministry were “exporters of hate.”