Scott Lively, Father of Uganda’s “Pro-Family” Movement

This interview is two years old, but I only just happened upon it and wanted to share. In it Scott Lively, one of those American evangelical leaders who traveled Uganda to stir up homophobia, discusses Uganda’s “kill the gays” bill. It’s bad. Really, really bad.

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Not that even though Lively repeatedly says he is against the death penalty, the rhetoric he uses in talking about Uganda’s dire situation and the threat posed by “the gay movement” makes it easy to see how his advocacy, along with that of other similar American evangelical leaders, led to Ugandan leaders writing and advocating a bill that not only criminalized LGBTQ individuals but even included the death penalty.

Also, note what Lively says about the “effeminacy” of modern Christianity, and the tone in which he says it. How can evangelical leaders like him say with a straight face that women and their female roles are equal while at the same time speaking of “effeminacy” as this horrible rot in the church? And since the word “effeminacy” has also been traditionally applied to gay men and trans women, and not in a positive sense, well, it all starts to feel very intertwined.

One more note: Scott Lively is currently being taken to court for crimes against humanity stemming from his involvement in promoting homophobia in Uganda. It should be interesting to see where this goes.

Thanks to Latebloomer for drawing it to my attention.

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  • saraquill

    I hope that man’s pants are burning merrily. How can he proclaim to be “pro-family” yet actively promote harm to homosexuals, who have parents, grandparents, and in many cases siblings? He wants families to have members ripped out for no good reason.

  • Maria Lima

    This is evil, horrible… It makes me afraid of christianity and christians.

    • Stephanie

      I’m a Christian and I don’t blame you one bit for your feeling of fear. This kind of thing is absolutely disgusting, and I’m determined, for my own part, to speak against this evil.

    • Eamon Knight

      Just to provide a little balance: the last church we attended (before deciding to blow off the religion thing altogether) was an “affirming” congregation, ie. fully accepting of gays and lesbians. In fact, there were more same-sex couples in that church than opposite-sex (the minister & partner being among the former).

  • Eamon Knight

    They’re putting him on trial! They’re PERSECUTING HIM FOR HIS FAITH!!!! FOR STANDING UP FOR JESUS!!!!11111eleventy!!!!!!

    (Just getting that in, preemptive-like).

  • Julian

    That video is one of the most utterly repugnant things I’ve seen in quite awhile. It starts out bad and just gets worse and worse. The only redeeming quality I can see in it is that it’s completely transparent. Anyone who doesn’t already subscribe wholeheartedly to the rhetoric he espouses can see it for exactly what it is.

    The fact that I survived a queer adolescence in that milieu is almost enough to make me believe in a loving and personal God. Almost.

  • Azura

    I love how he says LGBT and allies are “shoving their beliefs down our throats” when he’s the one who supports death. Dude, we don’t murder people who disagree with us.

    • Uly

      Those people have an obsession with gays “shoving it down their throats”. Freudian, much?

    • ako

      Yeah, trying to present “We want to go about our lives and love each other and you shouldn’t have the power to forcibly stop us, even if you disapprove” as somehow more coercive than “Stop being who you are or we’ll kill you” takes remarkable hubris.

  • Jarred H

    Bear in mind that this is also the same Scott Lively that wrote the anti-gay and Holocaust revisionist book, “The Pink Swastika.” The man has a history of being awful.

  • Kate

    Living in this part of the world (I’m an American expat not in Uganda but just next door), I have to say it is even more upsetting and chilling than it was hearing about it from a distance in the U.S. The hateful and abusive language people are using in Uganda to talk about LGBT’s is truly chilling. I understand that there are traditional taboos playing into this as well, but that should never be an excuse. Culture has shifted to accept that slavery is absolutely wrong. It must shift to
    Knowing that this guy is a major driving force behind the bill drives me to real anger. Of course, it’s much more complicated than just Lively. There is support coming from throughout Uganda and from internationally as well (dare I even say the Vatican?). I hope Lively is found guilty and punished to the fullest extent of the law and that this bill is an utter failure in Uganda.

    • Kate

      Ach, somehow that comment was incomplete. It should continue after “It must shift to…” to “accept current thought, science, and societal shifts and should never, ever be a reason for holding on to truly dangerous thoughts like this one.”