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Anti-Gay Pastor Announces Plans to Run for Governor of Mass.

Tuesday Oct 1, 2013
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Controversial anti-gay pastor Scott Lively announced on Monday his intentions to run for governor of Massachusetts. This announcement comes less than two weeks after the fundamentalist pastor publicly claimed in an interview with NBC News that he was responsible for helping pass Russia’s "homosexual propaganda" law. Additionally, In August, a federal U.S. judge ruled in favor of a case filed by a Ugandan advocacy group against Lively for his collaboration with religious and government officials in Uganda that led to the introduction of the African nation’s "Kill the Gays" bill.

"The people of this state need a candidate who can clearly and unapologetically articulate Biblical values without fear or compromise. They need a candidate who will tell the simple truth that abortion is murder, and homosexuality is condemned by God (but that Jesus forgives and heals those who repent)." Lively said in a press release issued by his ministry yesterday, lamenting that "Massachusetts is the bluest of the blue states: the first to adopt socialized medicine and "gay marriage," the national model for promoting homosexuality to children in the public schools, and the most aggressive defender of child-killing through abortion."

Lively, who plans to run as an independent, claims that "The Mass Republican Party is solidly controlled by moderate to liberal ’progressives’ and the Democrats are virtual communists." He further optimistically states in the press release, "With these two liberal parties splitting the liberal vote, a true conservative independent could win the governorship."

"Yes, I influenced the Russian law" Lively told NBC News in an interview where he lauded Russian President Vladimir Putin for signing the anti-gay measure into law, calling him "the defender of Christian civilization."

In August, US District Judge, Michael Ponsor of Massachusetts ruled that a case filed by a Ugandan LGBT advocacy group against Lively for his influence in introducing the African nation’s "Kill the Gays" bill would be allowed to proceed, stating that "Widespread, systematic persecution of LGBTI people constitutes a crime against humanity that unquestionably violates international norms."

The landmark decision by Ponsor marked the first ruling by a federal U.S. judge that called the persecution of LGBT persons a crime against humanity, possibly setting a precedent for the human rights of sexual minorities will be protected under international law. Attempts by Lively to dismiss the case were denied in September by the Springfield division of the U.S. District Court, Massachusetts.

A former attorney, Lively is co-author of the 1995 universally debunked tome "The Pink Swastika," which, according to the authors’ notes, asserts that "the Nazi Party was conceived, organized and controlled throughout its short history by masculine-oriented male homosexuals who hid their sexual proclivities from the public, in part by publicly persecuting one group of their political enemies: out-of-the-closet effeminate-oriented homosexuals aligned with the German Communist Party."

In 2008, Lively started the Redemption Gate Mission Society, whose aim is to "re-Christianize" the city of Springfield, Mass., where he resides.

His Abiding Truth Ministries has been designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Comments

  • lostregatto, 2013-10-01 21:35:20

    I can’t think of any more ardent proponent of free, "socialized" health care than Jesus Christ.


  • Anonymous, 2013-10-01 22:29:23

    Assassin anyone?


  • Wayne M., 2013-10-01 22:42:28

    It is interesting how people like Scott Lively want to condemn women for having abortions and yet will do anything they can to stop affordable health care, therefore leaving people without health insurance and unable to access affordable health care. The consequence is that many people end up without needed health care and many die as a result. In other words, Lively is pro-life from conception to natural birth. Add this to his many other deliberate lies and fear-mongering concerning LGBT people, something that encourages Gay-bashing and laws to kill LGBT people such as that proposed in Uganda. Hmmm! Perhaps this man should be called Scott Deadly.


  • gdhamf, 2013-10-02 01:20:01

    Every dollar spent on his campaign is a dollar not spent on his church et ... I hope it is a long expensive road to ruin for him.


  • DerekJA, 2013-10-02 05:42:13

    People like that are what’s wrong with this planet. Perhaps someone will put this mental case out of his/our misery. I can’t see any state voting in someone that seething with such hate. I doubt that even the reddest state would vote someone in with that level of nasty. The USA will never progress in full human rights as long as animals like that keep breathing.


  • Wayne M., 2013-10-04 20:23:32

    Commentators must be careful not to give this man any ammunition to use against us. Never forget that he has mastered the approach taken by Josef Goebbels that people will tell a great lie more than they will believe a small lie. Therefore, you can be sure that any statements by a few hinting at violence will be used by Lively to tar us all. At the same time, don’t take him lightly. The Westboro Baptist Church crowd can be regarded as a bunch of kooks, but Scott Lively and his phoney ministry have real power and he knows how to use it.


  • Ciboney, 2013-10-05 15:42:48

    He is out of touch with reality or he has a serious pathological need for attention if he thinks he can get even 5% of the Massachusetts vote. He would have a serious chance of success in the US’ Third World states like Mississippi, Alabama or Texas, for example.


  • GT, 2013-10-11 20:03:19

    His chances in Massachusettes are not even as good as a snowball in the hell that he will spend his eternity in.What a douche bag.


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