Scott Lively charged with crimes against humanity for “kill the gays bill”. Charges won’t be dropped.

Do you know Scott Lively?  He’s a preacher in Massachusetts and a real charmer and boy, does he ever hate gay people.  You know the new laws in Russia that make talking about homosexuality to young people a crime?  He has tried to take credit for those laws.  He thinks gay wedding songs were what rightly motivated god to kill virtually every human being.  He thanked god for the death of 18 people when a strip club was destroyed in a massive explosion because he had prayed to god for it to happen (it should be noted that 15 of the deceased were firefighters and service workers with no connection to the strip club).  In essence, Lively was taking credit for the explosion because he entreated god for it.

The most recent horror for which Lively has claimed at least partial responsibility is the Uganda “kill the gays” bill (and the Ugandan government has confirmed it).  He claimed to have helped Uganda draft the bill and praised it, calling Uganda a model for the civilized world to follow.  Ironically, this was due in large part to Lively’s claims that homosexuals are dangerous because they have genocidal tendencies.  His solution to this problem, apparently, is genocide.

But it turns out that genocide is a no-no under international law, and while Lively might be off the hook the paradise of Uganda, in the United States you kind of have to follow the no genocide laws.  So a suit was brought against Lively for crimes against humanity:

Lively is accused of violating international law by inciting the persecution of LGBT individuals in Uganda. The lawsuit was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG) in 2012.

His lawyers attempted to get the federal judge presiding over the suit to dismiss it.  That judge just said that won’t happen:

A federal judge on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss a crimes against humanity case brought against evangelical pastor Scott Lively of Massachusetts.

But Lively is on to his accusers.  They’re not bringing the suit because they think killing people for who they love en masse is barbaric, but because they are conspiring against Lively:

Lively has denied that he conspired with government officials or religious leaders in Uganda to craft specifics of the legislation. He has said the lawsuit against him “boils down to nothing more than an attempt to define my Biblical views against homosexuality as a crime.”

“Clearly, this lawsuit is intended not only to silence me as an effective voice of opposition to the ‘gay’ agenda, it is also to intimidate everyone else who would dare to follow my example,” he wrote on his blog last year.

No, you can have your biblical views against homosexuality…you just can’t kill or otherwise harm people over them.

And the bill was intended to silence Lively? He said all kinds of lunatic things up until he boasted of helping a nation draft genocidal legislation.  But he’s right, the genocide thing is probably just a handy excuse to shut him up.

And the real irony?  Lively’s assertions about those who think he’s committed crimes against humanity, grotesquely lunatic though they are, are still way more believable than the miracle stories of the bible.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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