Preacher On Trial For Human Rights Violations Against Gays Claims He’s Not Anti-Gay (VIDEO)

Scott Lively, the infamous US pastor who instigated Uganda’s ‘Kill The Gays’ legislation says he isn’t ‘anti-gay.’

Lively, who is set to stand trial in the US for his contribution to human rights violations in Uganda, recently blogged about the evil liberal media’s attempt to make him seem like a bad guy, by referring to him as ‘anti-gay.’

According to Pink News, Lively wrote:

“Most irritating and misleading is that all or most of the stories identify me (often in the title) as ‘anti-gay pastor’, as if that were some sort of professional title rather than an editorial comment.

I strongly object to that characterization, which deliberately misrepresents my opposition to the mainstreaming of homosexual conduct as hatred of homosexual persons.

The term ‘anti-gay’ effectively mistranslates the pro-family motto ‘Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin,’ into ‘Hate the Sinner because of the Sin’.

“As such it is not an honest descriptor but a slur, and its use by the media is an act of complicity in a dishonest and manipulative LGBT political tactic.

“Much of what the public falsely believes they know about my views and actions in the culture war is the fruit of this tactic and similar manipulative spin by pro-‘gay’ journalists throughout the industry.”

If mistranslates were a word, we could ask exactly how the term ‘anti-gay’ ‘mistranslates’ the position of the man who founded ‘Abiding Truth Ministries,’ described as “the first Christian organization devoted exclusively to opposing homosexuality.”

Since the prefix ‘anti’ specifically means ‘opposed to,’ the idea that the media is ‘mistranslating’ something here is just ridiculous. A person who has built an entire career and ministry out of ‘opposing homosexuals’ is, by definition, ‘anti-gay.’

Typical of right wing hate-mongers, Lively goes on to use the ‘love the sinner, hate the sin,’ garbage, that fanatics like himself often use to try to hide their true motives.

That phrase does not appear anywhere in the Christian Bible, but right wing fanatics have adopted it with the kind of self-righteous glee you might expect from people who believe they are morally superior to the rest of the human ‘sinner’ population. The Huffington Post’s Micah J. Murray wrote this beautiful piece about what the phrase ‘Love the sinner, hate the sin’ really means. It’s definitely worth a read.

While Jesus never said ‘Love the sinner, hate the sin,’ he did say ‘condemn not, lest you be condemned.’

Lively has not just made condemning gay people his own personal agenda, but he has literally traveled around the world teaching others to follow his doctrine of hate. There’s no end to the amount of false information he has distributed around the globe, in order to carry out his agenda of hate. For example, he authored a book called ‘The Pink Swastika’ in which he claims that homosexuality was responsible for the Holocaust, in spite of clear historical evidence showing that gays were exterminated in Nazi Germany, along with Jews, minority groups and the disabled.

Prior to the introduction of Uganda’s ‘kill the gays’ bill, Lively incited fear and hatred against the LGBT community in that country, telling the people that gays would seduce children and literally take over Ugandan society.

“They have taken over the United States, the United States government, and the European Union. Nobody has been able to stop them so far. I’m hoping Uganda can,”

he said.

Here’s a full, almost three-hour long video of one of Lively’s speeches during the anti-gay conference in Uganda, 2009, for those who can stomach it.

Following his 2009 visit to Uganda, a government official was quoted as saying:

“We must exterminate homosexuals before they exterminate society.”

Lively posted an update to the ‘Defend the Family’ web page while he was still in Uganda, bragging of the impact his hate-speech had on the people there.

“my host and ministry partner in Kampala, Stephen Langa, was overjoyed with the results of our efforts and predicted confidently that the coming weeks would see significant improvement in the moral climate of the nation, and a massive increase in pro-family activism in every social sphere. He said that a respected observer of society in Kampala had told him that our campaign was like a nuclear bomb against the “gay” agenda in Uganda. I pray that this, and the predictions, are true.”

Shortly after, the ‘kill the gays’ bill was introduced.

Lively is being sued for his role in the persecution of LGBT citizens in Uganda. Incidents of persecution against gays in Uganda have been steadily increasing over the past half decade, since Lively and other right wing fanatics targeted the country as ripe for spreading their distorted gospel of hate. LGBT citizens are attacked, arrested, imprisoned and deprived of basic human rights, such as the right to housing and food and water.

Now that he’s being sued, he claims he’s not responsible for the suffering of the LGBT community, although he went to Uganda with the sole purpose of instigating hatred toward gays. The misinformation that he spread while he was in Uganda, a country in which more than half the population is age 15 or younger, led directly to the increase in persecution seen today.

Now that he’s being sued, he’s not bragging about the ‘nuclear bomb’ he set off in Uganda. In fact, he’s claiming that the rise in persecution of gays in the country had nothing to do with him.

No one who has heard Lively speak would believe for a minute that he’s not ‘anti-gay.’

While Lively claims to ‘love the sinner but hate the sin,’ it’s abundantly clear that his actions have nothing to do with love.

The Bible, which he claims is the standard he uses to condemn others, defines what love is:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Does it need to be said that the end result of love would not be persecution, torture, violence, suffering or death?

None of these statements on the nature of love describe how Lively and other right wing fanatics treat members of LGBT community.

The Bible doesn’t give a definition of hate, but we can assume that the characteristics of hate are the opposite of love, meaning that hate is not patient or kind, it is not forgiving or merciful, it dwells on the ‘wrongs’ of others, it is easily angered, it dishonors others, it delights in evil (seeing others suffer), doesn’t like the truth, and seeks to harm and condemn, rather than to protect.

The end result of hate would look a lot like the ugliness Lively hand-delivered to the people of Uganda; suffering, pain, hate, fear, violence, even murder.

Those things are not the fruits of the spirit described in chapter 5 of the book of Galatians.

There’s little doubt that Lively’s actions and attitudes toward the LGBT community are motivated by hate, not love.

The Bible says that ‘Love covers a multitude of sins.’ 

What sins does hate cover? Not a single one.

Seems like there are going to be a lot more gay people in heaven, than right wing preachers.

*Featured image credit: video screen capture via Political Research Associates on youtube