Is Lively asking his flock to pray or prey?
By Cathy Kristofferson, September 25, 2013
After failing, yet again, to have the case against him for Crimes Against Humanity dismissed, Scott Lively has sent what is tantamount to a persecutory email to his followers containing a ‘hit list’ of those who are supporting the prosecution of his persecution.
Lively sent his Defend The Family flock details of local Springfield citizens who he feels are “responsible” for the lawsuit brought against him in the guise of a ‘please pray for’ me letter. He labels those he has listed as “the Marxist activists that have conspired to bring this bogus litigation forward.” A defamatory term, no doubt, as he would be hard pressed to prove that the names he mentions are indeed Marxists. Perhaps more lawsuits ought to follow this misrepresentation and slander.
And he knows no bounds as his email letter is replete with names, places of employment, and photos.
It seems quite obvious that Lively is lashing out as a result of his recent court losses and because it is so obvious that praying for a third party does not require outing their personal details nor slandering their reputations with phony political attributions. Those types of details are not required for a call to pray and so Scott Lively’s motives are abundantly clear. The man wants revenge and is setting the activists up as targets. It leads by providing the uncalled for details arm in arm with slanderous rhetoric,that Lively is calling upon his his flock to do his bidding – to take some form of revenge into their own hands.
Of course he didn’t publish it to the Internet, just his email list. But it is public and hence as dangerous and equally slanderous. He had his fellow SPLC- designated anti-gay hate list pal Peter LaBarbera, head of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), do the worldwide push hoping to defend his “friend and culture war hero Scott Lively”.
Lively starts his hit list with the Federal Court Judge, then the local counsel, and then an activist from local social justice organizations making sure everyone reading knows just which person he is pointing at:
This is what he says and we have redacted names to not perpetuate what we perceive to be a call to violence directed at radical Christian Evangelical extremists against the people so named:
“Pray especially for <redacted> of both <redacted> and <redacted>, the self-described 44-year-old “butch” lesbian at the bottom right in the photo under the “Harm Reduction” category of the <redacted> website. She has been especially aggressive against me and against our church.”
He goes on to ask that his flock:
“Pray for all of these Marxist activists .. As they press forward to attack me, pray confusion into their camp and for all of their strategies and tactics to be turned against them.”
The intention of the list is clear and the great lesson of the lawsuit against Lively has yet to be taken seriously by the man who is accused of persecuting Ugandan gays and lesbians. In fact this very letter serves as a perpetuation of the harm he has in fact been accused of and serves as is a clear threat against those who support it.
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a federal lawsuit against Abiding Truth Ministries President Scott Lively on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda, a non-profit umbrella organization for LGBT advocacy groups in Uganda. The suit alleges that Lively’s involvement in anti-gay efforts in Uganda, including his active participation in the formulation of anti-gay legislation and policies aimed at revoking fundamental right from LGBT persons constitutes persecution. This is the first known Alien Tort Statute (ATS) case seeking accountability for persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Lively letter is pure manipulation and embeds a grave danger, It serves as a defiant perpetuation of the very offense for which he is being taken to task and bolsters the accusations against him, showing that he has no remorse for the harm he continues to inflict on LGBT people around the world and those who come to their defense.It is clear he has intended targets and while he may cry and yell “freedom of speech” and “freedom of religion” the embed is just way too obvious. Perhaps the Department of Justice should take note of this tactic sooner rather than after the call to harm is done. After all this man is clearly desperate and his followers are extremists, and he is already facing charges of Crimes Against Humanity.
Edited by Melanie Nathan.
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