Gay Rights Group Sues Minister
BOSTON -- An East African gay advocacy group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Massachusetts evangelist Scott Lively, alleging he has waged a decade-long campaign to persecute gays in Uganda and likened them to Nazis. The suit was filed in federal court in Springfield against the minister under a
statute that Sexual Ministries Uganda says allows non-citizens to file U.S. court actions for violations of international law.
Lively, of Abiding Truth Ministries, is one of a handful of American pastors whom Ugandan gay activists accuse of having helped draft the original version of the African nation's anti-homosexuality bill. The bill called for the death penalty for certain homosexual acts such as when gay people with AIDS were caught having sex. It has since been revamped to replace the death penalty with life imprisonment as a maximum sentence.
My concern is not with the minister or the lawsuit. I do wonder why an American minister would be so concerned about the sexual habits of Ugandans. Personally, that's pretty low on my list of priorities. If the minister wanted to start a publicity or fund-raising campaign, there are plenty of issues here at home he could have chosen. Is he too much of a coward to face the homosexuals on his own turf? I'm sure there are many politicians and ministers in this country who would have been eager to jump on his bandwagon.
It's amazing what some people will do for their 15 minutes of fame.