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‘The rainbow belongs to God’, says crazy Christian who claims to have ignited gay hatred in Russia

ON HIS blog this month, Scott Lively, 57, who runs the Abiding Truth Ministries in Springfield, Massachusetts, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as “the defender of Christian civilization” for signing this summer a ban on information that portrays being gay as natural or attractive – and traced the crackdown to his own tour of Russia in 2006-7.

Lively suggested Russian officials foil gay activists planning to rainbow-bomb the Olympics by flying a rainbow banner over the games so “the global homosexual movement” would be reminded that:

The rainbow belongs to God!

Scott Lively

Scott Lively

Last month a federal judge allowed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit to proceed against Lively that alleges the pastor persecuted gays in Uganda and committed a potential “crime against humanity” – one that contributed to a bill that would have made homosexuality an act punishable by death.

But according to this report, the dangerous God-addicted hatemonger still refuses to shut the hell up.

In his first interview since the US district court judge refused to dismiss the case against him, Lively shrugged off the lawsuit, touted his rising global influence and seemed to dare civil rights advocates to launch another assault on him.

Come what may, I will continue to advocate for the Biblical view of family until my final breath … we’re talking about civilization — good and evil being played out in the United States and all around the world.

Lively, apparently, has reason to be a bit cocky. America may have “fallen to the gays,” he says, but much of the world still fears them and he is working to keep it that way.

In Moldova in 2011, according to Human Rights Watch, he helped several cities declare themselves “gay-free zones” and organized an “emergency” campaign to block a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine and Belarus he met with politicians and pastors, fostering talk of new curbs on gay rights. Every place he goes, Lively says, his goal is to block the open expression of homosexuality, keep discrimination legal and make pro-gay advocacy a crime.

To whip up support for such policies, Lively simply shares his beliefs about gay people: They’re dangerous predators, even killers. And they caught this gay “disorder” through “an evil game of tag,” a chain of abuse in which gays recruit kids into sodomy just as they were once recruited. In this way homosexuality spreads like “a social cancer,” he claims, until nothing remains of the Christian world.

At a Watchmen on the Walls conference in Novosibirsk, Russia in August of 2007, he told a crowd that everything wrong with America can be traced to “the homosexual movement.” He added:

Yes, I think I influenced the Russian law.

While some gay rights activists still think he’s just a laughingstock, Boris Dittrich, the director of LGBT advocacy for Human Rights Watch, tends to confirm Lively’s claims. Russia was plenty homophobic before Lively’s arrival but the American pastor appears to have given shape to that free-floating hatred, Dittrich said. As he passed through Russia’s regions, Lively met with politicians and bans on homosexual propaganda followed, spreading to more than a half-dozen areas before Putin swept them into a national standard.

Placards satirising Russia's President Vladimir Putin call for a boycott of the 2013 Winter Olympics, at a protest in London recently against the country's anti-gay laws. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Placards satirising Russia’s President Vladimir Putin call for a boycott of the 2013 Winter Olympics, at a protest in London recently against the country’s anti-gay laws. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

During a stop in Riga in May 2007 Lively called gay rights:

The most dangerous political movement in the world. There is a war that is going on in the world. There is a war that is waging across the entire face of the globe. It’s been waging in the United States for decades, and it’s been waging in Europe for decades. It’s a war between Christians and homosexuals.

Like so many Christian fundamentalists who incite hatred, Livey claims he only preaches compassion  – “love the sinner, hate the sin,” he likes to say – and although he gets blamed for it he insists he didn’t actually support Uganda’s proposed death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality.” He believes gays should be pushed from public life and their “recovery” supported in private. And yet where Lively’s message goes, violence seems to follow.

Pamela Spees, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, the group pursuing Lively for alleged “crimes against humanity” in Uganda, said she is prepared to file a second lawsuit related to his work in Russia and the surrounding countries, assuming there’s evidence that Lively was “an architect of the persecutory programme” there.

And that’s why the case against Lively is so important, gay-rights activists say. As the Olympics draw nearer and the boycotts and homophobic backlash continue, Putin will be the guy paraded down the world’s front pages and social media feeds. But Lively may be the secret agent to watch.

If he loses his lawsuit he could be prohibited from spreading his message abroad, a terrible precedent for other anti-gay crusaders. However if he wins, he emerges stronger than ever, the self-described “hero” of an expanding fight to restore “godliness to society,” as he puts it – or else:

Pull as many people as possible into the lifeboat before the ship goes down.

24 Responses to “‘The rainbow belongs to God’, says crazy Christian who claims to have ignited gay hatred in Russia”

  1. Angelo Ventura says:

    He is a criminal against humanity, he should be put in an insane asylum, scum like him should not be permitted to spread his raciat, cruel venom. If he dies of terminal bladder cancer it woul only be just. He’ s not a christian, he is an evil servant of a perverse religion of hate.

  2. Angelo Ventura says:

    Good and evil? Scott, YOU are the evil. GAY EQUALITY is GOOD!

  3. barriejohn says:

    Christians still believe that rainbows apear magically in the sky as a sign from God!

    BTW Prof Brian Cox has been slated in today’s Mail for his rationalist approach to science. It’s “the new religion”, blah, blah, blah. Worth a look:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03bjpcy/Science_Britannica_Frankensteins_Monsters/

  4. mikespeir says:

    Come on! Look at that avuncular smile. He must be a good guy. Right?

  5. Broga says:

    If his ranting wasn’t under the aegis of religion he would be sectioned in the UK. He appears to have totally lost the plot and he is so happy with his raving.

  6. AgentCormac says:

    barriejohn

    Meanwhile, in another Hate Mail article, it seems that their god has abandoned the long-faced xtian nutjobs who refused to let a gay couple stay at their B&B.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2424983/Christian-B-B-owners-refused-gay-couple-close-business.html

  7. barriejohn says:

    AgentCormac: I did see that, and it was also reported by PinkNews. My immediate question was: Why did their god not look out for them, as he is all-powerful and they were merely obeying him? I do happen to remember the answer to that question from my days as a Christian: When things are going badly for you, that is a sign that you’ve got the devil really rattled, and the forces of hell are amassed against you. It all makes perfect sense, as usual.

    They have recieved almost universal support from the Mail readership, most completely missing the point:

    It’s funny and not in a haha way how people with strong beliefs love to ram them down the throats of others, without consideration of others beliefs. If you want people to respect your right to be a gay couple, then respect their right to be a Christian couple.

  8. Broga says:

    It is not enough for this couple that their guests are heterosexual they also have a “deep regard for marriage.” So I suppose unmarried heterosexuals would not be welcome. This is the usual Christian insistence on forcing their lifestyle on the rest of us.

  9. stokebruernehuman says:

    This guy thinks that gays operate like the pious do…

    They’re dangerous predators, even killers. And they caught this gay “disorder” through “an evil game of tag,” a chain of abuse in which gays recruit kids into sodomy just as they were once recruited. In this way homosexuality spreads like “a social cancer,” he claims, until nothing remains of the Christian world.

  10. the Woggler says:

    I think it’s time for Zippy, Bungle and George to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. And for Scott Lively to just shut the fuck up.

  11. AgentCormac says:

    barriejohn

    When things are going badly for you, that is a sign that you’ve got the devil really rattled, and the forces of hell are amassed against you. It all makes perfect sense, as usual.

    The torturous logic of religion will, seemingly, always be able to cobble together some inane piece of drivel in an attempt to counter the reality staring them in the face. But given the following photograph I find it hard to believe that this particular pair of deluded fuckwits can lay the demise of their business entirely at the door of their scrape with 21st-century norms.
    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/09/19/article-2424983-1BE93222000005DC-529_634x421.jpg

    BTW, wasn’t the CLC supposed to be paying their legal costs? Something the Hate Mail conveniently declines to include in the article.

  12. AgentCormac says:

    @ the Woggler

    Zippy, Bungle and George at their very best.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgbcQIT7BMc

  13. Matt+Westwood says:

    Ritchie Blackmore, your universe needs you.

  14. Jerry says:

    SS and Auschwitz are waiting for all of you gays and atheist….soon enough!!!!!!!!

  15. barriejohn says:

    s.b.human: I think that you’re correct. They reckon that other people operate in the same way that they do. This is perfectly exemplified in the reasoning of that berk whom I quoted from the Mail Online: when he speaks of “how people with strong beliefs love to ram them down the throats of others” he is speaking, without any shade of irony, of gay people, and not of the religious bigots whom he is defending. By being gay we are somehow or other preventing other people from believing in Jesus. By being gay we are somehow or other forcing them to have gay sex. And how on earth by being gay you “recruit people to the gay lifestyle” I have no idea. If that worked then all gay people would have been turned straight long ago!

  16. Barry Duke says:

    Wassamatter Jerry? Got all hot and bothered because you wet the bed dreaming of sucking dick? You self-loathing closet queens are all same – all blow and no action!

  17. Trevor Blake says:

    The rainbow is God’s way of saying ‘next time I will kill you all by fire.’

  18. AgentCormac says:

    Hey, Jerry.

    What a sad and deluded little arse-wipe you are.

  19. barriejohn says:

    Jerry sems to have some strange fantasies. I know of a few gay men who might like to get together with him!

  20. barriejohn says:

    Trevor: Quite right. That’s what the Good Book says. The God of Love is going to burn everyone up next time to make sure that he does the job properly.

    “The world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:7)

  21. barriejohn says:

    AgentCormac: The Bullshits were funded by the Christian Institute.

    http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/sexual-orientation/christian-bb-owners-win-right-to-appeal-to-supreme-court

    Maybe they paid the damages out of their own pockets.

  22. 1859 says:

    Funny how this xtian religion of ‘love and turn the other cheek’ always spits with hate and venom towards gay people. They want to see gay people either gassed or ‘cured’. It’s almost as though by picking up the anti-gay banner they have suddenly found an outlet for some deeply repressed, seething mass of hatred. Is it self-hatred? Or just hatred of something – anything – so long as they have their little ejaculation? No I don’t want to get Mr Lively into my bed, but someone ought to caress this loveless bastard so that maybe he will realise the damage and harm he is causing. Or perhaps the best is to turn our backs on his ranting and walk silently away – the problem is, if it’s true, he’s persuading people with influence and power to change laws and ruin lives. Now it’s my turn to hate….

  23. OurSally says:

    I’m just waiting till he gets caught on tour with a luggage-lifter.

    A rugby player I used to know said the ones who went on most about gays were the ones you didn’t turn your back on in the shower.