Human Rights Defender Condemns Moldova Visit by U.S. Anti-Gay Activist
A February visit to Moldova by Scott Lively, a known U.S. anti-gay activist linked to Uganda’s “kill the gays” bill and co-author of the widely discredited book The Pink Swastika in which gay men are labeled the “true reason” for Nazi atrocities, has been condemned by Iulia Marcinschi, a leader of Moldova’s Antidiscrimination Coalition.
During the visit, Lively is reported to have warned that nondiscrimination legislation that is currently being considered by Moldovan parliament would lead to the “homosexualization” of the nation and would necessitate gay marriage and same-sex couples adopting children.
From Radio Liberty:
Lively, who made trips to Uganda in 2009 when it was drafting some of the toughest antigay legislation in the world, was invited to Moldova by two local Orthodox Christian organizations, Pro Familia and Moldova Crestina.
Those groups oppose government efforts to pass an antidiscrimination bill required by the European Union as part of an association agreement Chisinau hopes to sign with Brussels.
The antidiscrimination bill contains a “sexual orientation” clause, which has angered conservative groups in Moldova.
This week, leading members of parliament from various parties said they will not consider discussing the bill until the “sexual orientation” reference is removed.
The bill was also condemned by Moldova’s Orthodox Church, which has called on parliament to reject it.
Vitalie Marian, vice president of Pro Familia, told RFE/RL today that he completely agreed with Lively’s views and that he is pleased with the results of his visit and would invite him again “anytime.”
However, while Moldovan authorities have not directly commented on the trip it is noted in the above article that Lively had sort permission to speak to school children during his visit, a request that education authorities denied.
I wish I had known at the beginning of my ministry in the early 1990s what I know now. We might have stopped the homosexual agenda in America. What I know now, and have taught the Moldovans, is that the anti-discrimination law is the seed that contains the entire tree of the homosexual agenda, with all of its poisonous fruit. It is the cornerstone of their legal and political strategy, putting the power of the governernment behind the legal premise that the practice of homosexuality deserves public approval and that opposition to homosexuality, including that which is rooted in the Biblical world view, must be discouraged. From that premise the conclusion is logically inevitable.
From the time I stepped off the plane my hosts and I began focusing all of our attention on defeating this bill, and I was able to help them lay out a strategy to maximize my presence in the country. I won’t go into specific detail, but I can tell you that we had tremendous success. As of today, none of the 11 committees of the parliament (each of which must endorse the bill for it to come to a full vote) is willing to endorse at this time, and the vote has now been postponed indefinitely. It hasn’t been killed, but it has been stopped, and the pro-family movement is organizing a monitoring group to give advance warning to the people if there is any forward movement of the bill.
Mr. Lively also alleges that the bill was “secretly approved” and fast-tracked by ministers because of a planned visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and therein that it was to be a “gift” to the Obama administration.
He provides no evidence for these or any of his claims and his readiness to influence willing ears and educate them in his version of history, which casts gay people as violent forces of conquest bent on destroying the so-called traditional family, continues to be of concern to LGBT rights advocates given what has happened in Uganda where certain U.S. evangelicals are known to have added impetus to the further criminalization and stigmatization of gay and lesbian people.