Scott Lively is the leading American conspirator behind the Ugandan “Anti-Homosexuality Bill”, and at last Sexual Minorities Uganda is bringing him to account. They have filed a statement of claim in a court in Massachusetts.
This is not a matter of religious belief or freedom of speech. Lively is entitled to express his belief that freedom of speech is a bad thing, and that advocacy for gay rights should accordingly be criminalised. He is entitled even to lie that the Nazi rise to power was a homosexual conspiracy, ignoring the 100,000 arrested for homosexuality during the Nazi regime. The court action against him is for his actions, not his words or beliefs.
The wrong is conspiracy to commit a crime against humanity, namely persecution, defined in international law as the “intentional and severe deprivation of fundamental rights contrary to international law by reason of the identity of the group or collectivity.” The conspiracy succeeds according to Lively’s wishes: even before the passing of his Bill gay men are murdered and lesbians sexually abused by the police. Organisations which speak for them are proscribed, and human rights NGOs which might speak for the LGBT community will not, in case they are removed from the country. Gay people are refused AIDS treatment, and a clinic set up to treat gay AIDS sufferers is threatened with closure.
It is not that gay people are safe if they are quiet and pretend to be straight. They are named in the press, and their address details given.
This is what Lively wanted. He whipped up hatred of gay people with this precise purpose. He organised and spoke at a conference for legislators and others in 2009, where he told the lie that gay people seek to recruit children to homosexuality through pederasty. He incited those politicians and others to the hatred and violence they now pursue.
People die because of Scott Lively.
He is proud of this. He has been working in Uganda to create this situation since 2002, and wrote, my host and ministry partner in Kampala, Stephen LANGA, was overjoyed with the results of our efforts and predicted confidently that the coming weeks would see significant improvement in the moral climate of the nation, and a massive increase in pro-family activism in every social sphere. He said that a respected observer of society in Kampala had told him that our campaign was like a nuclear bomb against the “gay” agenda in Uganda. I pray that this, and the predictions, are true.
What is that gay agenda? Not to convert children, or harm society, but to live in peace and be treated like human beings. A nuclear bomb is not a proportionate response.
Directly because of Lively’s activities, gay people and gay organisations in Uganda suffer severe deprivations of fundamental rights, including freedom of expression, association, assembly, and the press, and the rights:
- to be free from arbitrary arrest and detention;
- to be free from torture, and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment;
- the right to respect for human dignity;
- the right to privacy.