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Wow. Just wow. This is a video clip from a recent interview on the Daily Show where Scott Lively was interviewed. Lively has written a book that blames gay people for the holocaust, and he was one of the three men who originally went to Uganda to stir up a lot of anti-gay sentiment for the Kill the Gays Bill. Unfortunately there are some people around the world saying that Lively is the voice of American conservatives! I can’t believe it! According to Rev. Kapya Koama, who wrote for the progressive think tank, Political Research Associates, an article called Globalizing the Culture Wars: US Conservatives, African Churches and Homophobia, Lively is generalizable to how American conservatives use their hate and spread it around the world.
Now I had the honor to meet Rev. Koama last week while I was in Vienna, and he and I had a great sit down conversation about his article. I totally believe in Koama’s sincerity to see his country live and thrive autonomous of outside influences dictating their legal systems, but his lack of knowledge regarding actual US Conservatism showed. As he said in the Introduction to his paper:
“Although I am an African Christian, I did not know much about the ideologies of the Religious Right until Progressive Research Associates asked me to carry out this research.”
As I said to you personally Rev. Koama, your research doesn’t speak for American Christianity; let alone the “Religious Right” – who I know Lively doesn’t speak for!
Let me just make this as clear as Rev. Koama, the Political Research Associates and anyone else out there who can understand:
Lively doesn’t speak for me, nor does he speak for American conservatives. This is just another play to take an ‘extreme’ and make them seem like the ‘norm.’
Such tactics have been used by both ‘sides’ for as long as anyone can remember. It’s just sad; so sad that this continues today. Even worse that people are actually believing that this man, who blames gay people (more-so than Hitler!) for the holocaust, is representative of the whole. Ugh.
Thanks Daily Show for showing this man for who he is!