Scott Lively, Ex-Gay Industry leader and co-author of the thoroughly debunked book “The Pink Swastika”, lectured at a March 2009 anti-gay conference in Uganda less than a month before a Kill The Gays bill was introduced to the Uganda legislature.
I first mentioned the Kill The Gays bill last April, but Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin was on the case when the conference was still being organized. Rachel Maddow has recently lent some much-overdue exposure to the quite literal call for legally sanctioned murder in Uganda.
Monday evening, Lively gave a 23 minute interview on the Alan Colmes Show. He attempted to defend his work in Uganda and ended up stating that gay Europeans were coming to Uganda and “messing with the young men” (3:54), analogizing (his word) homosexuality to drunk driving and alcoholism with a punishment choice of therapy or jail (6:30), claiming that homosexuals weren’t persecuted in Nazi Germany (20:30), and calling imprisonment and the death penalty of gays a “step in the right direction” (20:50). Here’s the audio:
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I’m sure Lively thought that was enough negative exposure for one week, but this morning Box Turtle Bulletin and Ex-Gay Watch sent shockwaves through the gay blogosphere, jointly releasing video of Lively’s lecture at the Uganda conference. It’s unbelievable footage that BTB had previously reported in text-form only. It’s turned my stomach several times today, so discretion is advised. Here are the three videos:
And three unedited videos:
This is the first time I’ve seen the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 attributed to homosexuals, and it wasn’t an incidental inclusion. Rwanda borders Uganda to the south, and the trip from Kampala (where he was speaking) to the border only takes a few hours.
In other words, Scott Lively falsely and directly linked the mass murder of 800,000 of Uganda’s next door neighbors of less than a generation ago to the group the Ugandans were looking for evidence against.
This goes beyond mongering hate or even garden-variety evil. I don’t even know what to call Lively anymore. I’d love to pretend he doesn’t exist, but he’s made himself too dangerous to ignore.
Blood will be shed in Uganda. This is no longer hyperbole. Not only are LGBT people in that country not safe, they are being actively hunted by a populace that has been spoon fed irrational fear.
And Scott Lively–who, make no mistake, knows exactly what he’s doing–has handed them a gun.