Thursday, September 19, 2013
Blog # 2 Scott Lively, American Pastor, Takes Credit For Inspiring Russian Anti-Gay Laws
Scott Lively affirms that he helped inspired Russia's new anti-gay propaganda legislation, according to a NBC News report. The American pastor is best known by his support to criminalize homosexuality in Uganda and for his determination to "prevent the dismantling of the Chrisitian civilization around the world."
Boris Dittrich, director of LGBT advocacy for Human Rights Watch, told NBC News that Lively's trip to the Soviet Union was followed very close by local prohibitions on homosexual propaganda.
Lively, a Massachusetts-based Christian leader, was the communication director for the anti-gay advocacy group named the Oregon Citizens Alliance in the early 1990s. He claims that homosexuality is "abnormal, wron, unnatural and perverse."
In 2006 and 2007 Lively got involved with a group called "Watchmen on the Walls" and toured Eastern European countries. He has been quoted as saying to the Latvian police that "the gay movement is the most dangerous political movement on earth."
In February of this year he blogged in the conservative website World Net Daily that he was welcomed in all these countries and that the "homosexual agenda has been slowed in all of them."
Russian's officials haven't confirmed Lively's influence in its national law banning propaganda of "nontraditional sexual relations," despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin took a page from Lively's playbook.
Lively is determined to continue with his evangelizing regardless of being sued for his efforts in Uganda.
The fact that Mr. Lively is taking credit for intervention in the new Russian anti-gay propaganda legislation is relevant because this law might be based on fundamentalist religious principles.
The documentary "Missionaries of Hate" shows Mr. Lively as being notorious for instilling the dominant notion that homosexuals are after your children. By reason of cause or coincidence, this is what President Putin argues in his anti-gay law. The Sochi Olympic Games are getting closer and several invited artists are declining to perform in Russia in support of gay-rights. The potential implications for this important international event can be very negative if these arguments over gays continue to attract the attention of participants. mass media and the public.