Tuesday, June 6, 2017
"Crimes Against Humanity" Charges Dismissed Against Christian Terrorist Scott Lively
Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) have said, even though the judge dismissed the case, it is still a ‘win’.
The LGBT rights group of the east African country had used the Alien Tort Statue, a US law which allows foreign citizens to sue for violations of international law in US federal courts.
Lively’s lawyers demanded it be dismissed in the first instance. But in August 2013, a judge ruled a persecution of LGBT people is a crime against humanity. This meant for the next few years, the extent of Lively’s homophobic influence in Uganda was able to explored.
Despite the preacher delaying the trial by filing several motions, he failed to stop the case entirely.
But then a Supreme Court ruling in a different case affected the Alien Tort Statute, saying there must be sufficient connection to the United States.
And while the judge ruled there had been several emails sent in the US, this was not enough for the preacher to be sued under that statute.
The judge agreed it was clear Lively collaborated with key Ugandan government officials and religious leaders that allegedly resulted in the introduction of the ‘Kill The Gays’ bill.
‘Anyone reading this memorandum should make no mistake,’ wrote Judge Michael Ponsor, of the US District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts.
‘The question before the court is not whether [Lively]’s actions in aiding and abetting efforts to demonize, intimidate, and injure LGBT people in Uganda constitute violations of international law. They do.’
Ponsor described Lively’s beliefs as ‘crackpot bigotry’ and ‘pathetic’, and it was clear he ‘tried to repress freedom of expression by LGBT people in Uganda, deprive them of the protection of the law, and render their very existence illegal.’
While the case is dismissed, SMUG are considering it a win.
Frank Mugisha, executive director of SMUG, said: ‘The court’s ruling recognized the dangers resulting from the hatred that Scott Lively and other extremist Christians from the US have exported to my country.
‘By having a court recognize that persecution of LGBT people amounts to a crime against humanity, we have already been able to hold Lively to account and reduce his dangerous influence in Uganda.’
Jen Nessel, from the Center for Constitutional Rights, agrees.
‘SMUG will now work out whether to appeal, or to go to the state courts. But as far as Lively is concerned, I hope it puts him in his place.’
‘He will have to curtail his international influence. While he gets to keep going, he has to stay careful. This case has made him even more of a pariah in the United States.’
The founder of Abiding Truth Ministries, Lively has made a career of stirring up anti-gay feelings in the USA and across the world.
He co-authored The Pink Swastika, which suggests ‘homosexuals were the true inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities’ and the rainbow flag is a symbol of the ‘end times’.
In 2007, Lively also toured 50 cities in Russia where he is accused of recommending a ban on ‘gay propaganda’.