The American Right is Waging a Global War on Gays

The American Religious Right is waging a bloody war on LGBT people throughout the world, from Europe to Africa, lighting the fuse and then running for cover so as to look blameless when the ideological bomb they have planted goes off.

The now infamous history revisionist and anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively is a salient example. The Springfield pastor, spawn of the American Family Association now turned freelance, has the ignoble honor of being among the first in America to be subject to a lawsuit for human rights abuses allegedly perpetrated abroad, with the Ugandan group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) arguing in a Massachusetts court this month that Lively’s ministry in Uganda was a direct advocate of a bill that would later threaten the very lives of the country’s LGBT people.

By his own admission, Lively’s working holiday to Kampala in March of 2009, along with cohorts Don Schmierer and Caleb Lee Brundidge, was a mission that saw the band of morally bankrupt men firmly and uncompromisingly lie — or “speak God’s truth” as they would term it — about the so-called “gay agenda” and rally Uganda’s religious groups to unify against the country’s gay citizens.  As to the extent of their influence, Lively wrote a few days after his visit to Uganda that ”someone had likened their campaign to ‘a nuclear bomb.’”

When, mere months later, Ugandan backbencher David Bahati published his infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009, that would in due course accumulate its media hook “The Kill the Gays Bill” for its death penalty for repeat offenders provision, Lively was already dolling out his generous anti-gay exhortations elsewhere. He did, however, spare a few words to express his disappointment that the bill was quite so harsh. In advising the country’s lawmakers, he had never meant to advocate for extermination, he clarified. No, rehabilitation through the loving hand of ex-gay therapy was to be the answer, this an essential difference between death by blunt trauma and the friendly poison that by drop after spirit-crushing drop destroys completely; something that presumably he could teach for a nice fat fee.

Let’s tot up the true depth of the injury Lively and friends perpetrated in Africa. Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill threatens still, and around it now wobbles an always teetering domino effect, with Ghana, Liberia, Cameroon and Zimbabwe all having felt the need to at the very least reaffirm their commitment against homosexuality and, in Liberia’s case as the very worst, begin to formulate its own version of the Kill the Gays bill.

Lively has also directly bedded the Right, ideologically speaking of course, in numerous countries since, including Moldova and in Russia where, after letting rip with his noxious treatise on how gays are the root of the anti-Christian Left that will bring down civilization, he left them to their ecstasy of fumbling – and fumble they did, producing little colonies of anti-gay legislation culminating in one much more comprehensive national piece, to which we will return later.

That there is now even the possibility, shaky as it is, that Lively may be held accountable for his actions abroad has the American Right suffering the vapors and them crowing how this is the death knell for Right thinking, good Christian living. The efficacy of the legal case against Lively aside, it is no wonder that such a frenzy has been created. American exports in the commodity of anti-gay fervor are at a premium. Admittedly, most have been repackaged under the gay marriage versus “traditional” marriage false paradigm, but even a mild attention to detail reveals the massaging done by the American Right.

We take, for instance, the obvious: Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage taking a trip to France just as French religious conservatives happened to be marshaling a protest against a marriage equality bill proposed by President Francois Hollande’s socialist party. Brown, turning to the camera, took time to extol the virtues of the “million” strong who marched in early January, with NOM shamelessly lauding “this new international solidarity movement in defense of marriage, children and family.”

Then somewhat more subtle at first glance: England and Wales have just seen published their draft same-sex marriage bill. The group that congealed to oppose the legislation, the Coalition for Marriage, has a decidedly American National Organization for Marriage or Frank Schubert musk – even down to similarities between its campaign videos and, say, those released in Minnesota in 2012.

This is not to mention that, for years now, legal groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly the Alliance Defense Fund, have regularly filed briefs in cases before the European Court of Human Rights hoping therein to chip away at Europe’s insulated human rights protections and have the court find reason to prioritize religious zealotry over basic LGBT rights and human freedoms. So far, little to no success.

Lively’s old loves at the American Family Association are also busy cheering the Russian Duma’s despicable push to outlaw freedom of assembly for LGBT people, the aggressive national anti-”homosexual propaganda” law that last week passed its first vote as gay protesters were recovering from being pulverized in the streets, bemoaning that America should see its error and follow Russia’s lead.

And so we come full circle. The battle against gay rights has been lost in America. It may take a decade yet, but the inexorable creep toward full recognition of LGBT dignity is well underway and, through America’s firm grounding in the value of the secular, it is a corner that once turned cannot be reversed easily.

Knowing this, Lively and his ilk have taken to shipping their moral atrocities abroad, hoping that their dominionist seeds will take root somewhere else, always of course being well away from the danger zone when their ideological bomb goes off, and always cowering behind a warped First Amendment shield.

The question, of course, is how long America’s conscience can allow this sort of thing to go unchecked – and, in some cases, rewarded through tax breaks and deferential treatment.


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pam w.
pam w5 years ago about YOU pray for them?

Since there's no god....(obviously not, since thousands of innocent homosexuals are tortured, harrassed, murdered, beaten and denied basic rights every year by the ''godly'') I'll prefer to pursue a legal option!

Karen Howard
Karen H5 years ago

When God commanded "Thou shalt not kill", I'm sure he included LGBT. So much for "Christianity" following God's commandments. They may say, "We're good Christians", but their actions speak far louder than their words.
Matthew 7:16: "By their fruit you will recognize them."
Galatians 5:22: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness..."
I feel sorry for these people.
Matthew 5:43-45: "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." So let's pray for these misguided people.

Steve Gill
Steve Gill5 years ago

Anybody who commits a crime in another country should be dealt with by the country they commit the crime in. You cannot go to another country and plead ignorance about their laws if you break them. The countries concerned can then make a trade of prisoners, like they did Powers when he got shot down.

|Hey I wonder if the captain of the Sea Shepherd is gay Annmarri....thats a great way to pick out people who want to stand out in a crowd..

Annmari Lundin
Annmari L5 years ago

Anyone committing a crime in another country should be prosecuted for it in their own country, if the act is not considered unlawful in the other country.
Lively and his croonies have committed crimes against humanity when they used distorted "facts" and blatant lies to encourage Ugandian politicians to enact such a grim law as the one considered now. Lively et al, are the ones responsible for any LGBT harmed in Uganda and other nations adopting similar legislation and I hope the lawsuit brought against them will be approved by a US court and that those right-wing closet cases will lose.
Anyone acting like Lively have serious mental problems and they usually stem from hiding their true selfs. In Lively's case it's more than probably his own gayness. There have been man cases of hateful propagandaists that have later come out and professed their LGBT identity. I've seen it myself, up close and personal.
I urge everyone to fight these twisted and dangerous individuals and groups until they are stopped.

Philip W.
Philip W5 years ago

Cons, politicians, governments, religions, and corporations all desire to control your belief, because people will sacrifice everything to have its manifestation, even if it is imposed upon them and against their personal and common good.

Philip W.
Philip W5 years ago

Cyan D., you are wrong that others should tolerate your beliefs. There are religions who believe you should die if you don't believe in their god, would you tolerate their belief? We can respect the fact that everyone has the right to believe what they like, however, when those beliefs cause harm, including teaching those beliefs in classrooms, then everyone has the right to challenge those beliefs. Conceptualized beliefs are very personal and you may feel that others on this site don't care for you. You may feel that when they are disputing your beliefs that they are attacking you. However, I don't think they would be on this site if they didn't care for you and others. Imagine if you had a child with a harmful irrational belief, that no matter how much you tried to explain that it was unfounded, your child would continue to hurt themselves and others because of this belief. They don't see the pain they cause because their beliefs give them comort. There may come a time when you lose patience and become angry and frustrated because of the damage your child is causing, that does not mean you don't care about them. Belief is a powerful force. People murder daily, and parents allow their children to suffer and die unnecessarily, all because of their beliefs. Imagine the power if you could control what people believe. Cons, politicians, governments, religions, and corporations all desire to control your belief, because people will sacrifice everything to have its manifestation,

Geynell Eskite
Geynell Eskite5 years ago

The American Right is waging a global war on a lot of things: facts, science, history, education, equal rights, sanity, reality, common sense, women, immigrants, minorities. They are a global embarrassment to this country.

Barbara D.
Past Member 5 years ago

The American Right is wrong....again!

pamam w.
pam w5 years ago

(That's odd....Care2 just renamed me. Probably because I'm a blasphemer.) :-)

pamam w.
pam w5 years ago

I'll ''tolerate'' your views until you insist on shoving them into my face and/or trying to ENACT them through legislation.

So, the hatred shown by your ''religious right'' toward gays, women, transgender people and (gasp) ATHEISTS isn't acceptable.

Do it in silence. Pout in the corner. Chatter among yourselves.

Just don't expect to get away with it in a public forum such as this.