Things aren’t looking up for hate pastor Scott Lively.
For several years now, Lively has been on trial in Uganda. The Springfield (Massachusetts) pastor famously preached against homosexuality in the already virulently homophobic country, and he’s accused of helping Ugandan lawmakers craft a bill that called for the death penalty for LGBT people. Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), an LGBT group in that country, sued him for a crime against humanity.
Liberty Counsel, the anti-gay legal group defending him, has now filed a motion for summary judgment claiming that SMUG has no evidence of Lively’s crime.
“The singular objective to SMUG’s titanic mission was to find in the murky and treacherous waters of ‘international law’ some — indeed any — connection between Defendant Scott Lively and the fourteen incidents of ‘persecution’ allegedly perpetrated in Uganda, by and against Ugandans whom Lively has never met,” the motion reads.
Further, they argue that U.S. courts do not have jurisdiction over things that happen in Uganda, and that even if they did, Lively’s speech is protected under the First Amendment.
Liberty Counsel claims that Lively didn’t specifically call on Uganda to kill LGBT people, but that he actually wanted its infamous “Kill the Gays” law weakened:
Lively suggested drastic reductions in the proposed penalties (to even lower levels than under existing law), proposed two new provisions focusing on education and counseling, and issued a blanket admonition to reconsider the approach of the AHB to focus on counseling instead of punishment.
Some things Lively has definitely said about LGBT people, in and out of Uganda, are that gays were key in the rise of Nazi Germany, that homosexuality is worse than mass murder, and that “Nobody has been able to stop them [homosexuals] so far, I’m hoping Uganda can.”
The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 was introduced in Parliament a month after Lively’s meetings in the country.
The First Circuit Court of Appeals already denied a petition from Lively for the case to be dropped, way back in 2014, and Lively has proudly worked with anti-LGBT groups in other countries, too. No matter the outcome of this case, it’s clear that people in Uganda and America alike want answers.
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