By Melanie Nathan, 03/14/2012
A Ugandan gay rights group filed suit against notorious American evangelist, Scott Lively, in federal court in Massachusetts on Wednesday, accusing him of violating international law by inciting the persecution of homosexuals in Uganda. According to an Article by Laurie Goodstein in the New York Times, the lawsuit alleges that beginning in 2002, Mr. Lively conspired with religious and political leaders in Uganda to whip up anti-gay hysteria with warnings that homosexuals would sodomize African children and corrupt their culture.
The result – The Anti-homosexuality Bill otherwise known as the ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ and actual stepped up persecution of the LGBTI Ugandan community.
The Ugandan legislature has considered the Anti-homosexuality Bill over several years of introduction and re-introduction, by one of Mr. Lively’s Ugandan contacts, MP David Bahati, that seeks to impose the death sentence for so called aggravated homosexual behavior and also seeks to imprison those guilty of the so called “promotion of homosexuality.”
Mr. Lively is being sued by the organization Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) under the alien tort statute, which allows foreigners to sue in American courts in situations alleging the violation of international law. The suit claims that Mr. Lively’s actions resulted in the persecution, arrest, torture and murder of homosexuals in Uganda.
The Center for Constitutional Rights announced this morning that they are filing a lawsuit on behalf of Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG) against American anti-gay extremist Scott Lively for his role in “the decade-long campaign he has waged, in coordination with his Ugandan counterparts, to persecute persons on the basis of their gender and/or sexual orientation and gender identity.” CCR announced its action this morning in a conference call with reporters.
The complaint (PDF: 2.2MB/47 pages) was filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts at Springfield, where Lively currently resides. CCR is bringing the suit under the Alien Tort Statute, which provides federal jurisdiction for “any civil action by an alien, for a tort only, committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States.” In other words, it allows a foreign national to sue in U.S. courts for violations of U.S. or international law conducted by U.S. citizens overseas. According to CCR, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that ATS is a remedy for serious violations of international law norms that are “widely accepted and clearly defined.”
It is apparent that Lou Engel and others, such as Jack Klenk may also be complicit in the work of Lively and I am investigating at this time to see if he too was included or ought to be cited in the law suit.
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Bishop Christopher on Homosexuality in Uganda from www.gayusathemovie.com on Vimeo.