The US anti-gay activist who is being sued over his role in encouraging Ugandans to further criminalize homosexuality is not shutting up any time soon.
Abiding Truth Ministries president and author of The Pink Swastika, Scott Lively told Christian ‘news ministry’ TruNews earlier this week that he believes that homosexuality is worse than murder and the worst possible sin a person can commit.
‘When you look in the Bible, there are sins that you would think of as worse, you know, murder or mass murder, but what does it come down to?’ Lively told TruNews.
‘Leviticus 18 tells the Hebrews exactly what it is that God identifies as the most rebellious behavior, the behavior that causes the land to actually vomit out its inhabitants and every item on that list, except for child sacrifice, is sexual perversion, and child sacrifice is often a form of sexual perversion. So that’s where we are.
‘Homosexuality is not just another sin, it is the sin that defines rebellion against God, the outer edge of rebellion against God and it is the harbinger of God’s wrath, that’s why the Scripture gives the warning, “as in the days of Noah.”’
Lively’s comments come as the US First Circuit Court of Appeals denied his application to have the lawsuit against him over his role in the passage of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law dismissed.
Lively is being sued by the US Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a Uganda-based coalition of LGBTI rights and advocacy groups.
The groups’ lawsuit alleges that Lively’s actions over the past decade in Uganda contributed to depriving LGBTI Ugandans of their fundamental human rights based solely on their identity, which the lawsuits alleges falls under the definition of persecution under international law and is thus a crime against humanity.
If the lawsuit is successful it will be the first court victory of its kind.
The Anti-Homosexuality Law was passed by the Parliament of Uganda on 20 December 2013 with a death penalty proposal dropped in favor of life in prison.
The bill was signed into law by the President of Uganda on 24 February of this year but the Constitutional Court of Uganda ruled the law invalid on 1 August.
Ugandan lawmakers have vowed to bring similar legislation before the parliament and have said they could do so before the year’s end.
A leaked draft of a new bill suggests it will attempt to ban any discussion or depiction of LGBTI issues and criminalize anybody who seeks to provide aid to LGBTI people or advocacy on their behalf.