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Pastor Scott Lively is Retiring His Anti-Gay Ways...Not


Pastor Scott Lively, who has warned of a 'gay Nazi' takeover of the U.S. Military, and whose visits to Uganda (he claimed he delivered a "nuclear bomb against the gay agenda") to stoke homophobia were instrumental in planting the seed that eventually grew into the "kill the gays" bill, has moved to Massachusetts and says he is re-focusing, away from the anti-gay rhetoric.

Though that doesn't really appear to be the case. The Boston Globe reports:

He says he has not changed his view that gays are “agents of America’s moral decline’’ but has refocused his approach to fit his flock in Springfield, which he said includes many homeless people, drug addicts, and alcoholics.

“We’re not fighting the culture wars here in Springfield,’’ he said. “The issues here are more fundamental than that. You can’t deal with the culture wars with people who are struggling to survive. Those issues are not relevant. These are people who are trying to live.’’

“This whole mission in Springfield is to show by example the positive side of all this — that when you follow the Biblical approach and try to be as true to him [God] as you can, you get the maximum positive benefit for yourself and society,’’ he said. “It’s completely different from all the things that I’ve done in the past, which is going against the wrongs. We’re working toward what is right.’’

Lively continues to denounce homosexuality. Paul said that when he invited Lively to preach at his church earlier this year, Lively delivered an “old-time, hellfire message’’ condemning gays.

“It was a sermon that I didn’t really agree with,’’ Paul said. “It was a sermon that God has turned his back on America.’’

Watch a brief excerpt of an interview with Lively, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Who?

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 5, 2011 11:25:18 AM

  2. Springfield is quite economically depressed, so it doesn't surprise me that this carpetbagger could gain a foothold in the community. With Massachusetts as one of the few states that recognize the rights of all adult citizens to enter into matrimony, should they so choose, he probably sees his mission as the Crusaders did in the Dark Ages. (or maybe he thinks he's Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

    One good note: Springfield is very close to Northampton where the community is very gay positive, progressive, (and EDUCATED). I hope that they keep the pressure on him and force him to reckon with his own hateful actions and beliefs.

    C'mon Springfield, grow a pair and throw him out of town!

    Posted by: No town for Hate | Jan 5, 2011 11:57:40 AM

  3. NTFH, if no one is making an effort to help Springfield, then it's more then likely that Springfield will succumb to this guys hate.

    Obv we're a much smaller country and I can only compare this to another UK city where there are certain pockets that are clearly deprived and a stone throw away, some very progressive and economically vibrant places.

    I guess it's to do with who is in charge of that area and why they are not doing the same thing as what Northampton has done?

    Posted by: Rowan | Jan 5, 2011 12:04:03 PM

  4. This is one man I wouldn't mind if someone shot in a dark alley...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Jan 5, 2011 1:15:20 PM

  5. I applaud Scott Lively for focusing on the poor and downtrodden. Many liberals/progressives love to talk the talk but the truth is they despise the poor. Hopefully, this will be the start of a positive new ministry.

    Posted by: Kayla | Jan 5, 2011 1:56:54 PM

  6. Oh KAYLA, keep on believing your stories. It's so cute.

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 6, 2011 12:55:02 AM

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