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Anti-Gay Evangelist Scott Lively Takes Credit for Russia's Anti-Gay Laws: VIDEO

American anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively, who is on trial for crimes against humanity, and who we've written about many times on this site, sat down with NBC News for an interview about Russia's anti-gay laws.

Scott_livelyHe takes credit for them:

“Yes, I think I influenced the Russian law,” Lively said. While some gay rights activists still think he’s just a laughingstock, Boris Dittrich, the director of LGBT advocacy for Human Rights Watch, tends to confirm Lively’s claims. Russia was plenty homophobic before Lively’s arrival but the American pastor appears to have given shape to that free-floating hatred, Dittrich said. As he passed through Russia’s regions, Lively met with politicians and bans on homosexual propaganda followed, spreading to more than a half-dozen areas before Putin swept them into a national standard.

Lively — who calls himself the “father” of Uganda’s anti-gay movement — also shared the first sharp details of his work in Eastern Europe and responded to the rise in hate crimes that seems to follow him around the globe.

2_livelyNBC posted two clips of Lively speaking at a Watchment on the Walls conference in Novobsibirsk, Russia's third-largest city, in August 2007 where he spoke to 1,000 Christians:

“There is a war that is going on in the world,” Lively said through a translator. “There is a war that is waging across the entire face of the globe. It’s been waging in the United States for decades, and it’s been waging in Europe for decades. It’s a war between Christians and homosexuals.”

NBC goes on to describe Lively's other anti-gay crusades abroad, and the lawsuit that could put a halt to them:

Pamela Spees, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, the group pursuing Lively for alleged “crimes against humanity” in Uganda, said she is prepared to file a second lawsuit related to his work in Russia and the surrounding countries, assuming there’s evidence that Lively was “an architect of the persecutory program” there.

And that’s why the case against Lively is so important, gay-rights activists say. As the Olympics draw nearer and the boycotts and homophobic backlash continue, Putin will be the guy paraded down the world’s front pages and social media feeds. But Lively may be the secret agent to watch.

If he loses his lawsuit he could be prohibited from spreading his message abroad, a terrible precedent for other anti-gay crusaders. However if he wins, he emerges stronger than ever, the self-described “hero” of an expanding fight to restore “godliness to society,” as he puts it – or else “pull as many people as possible into the lifeboat before the ship goes down.”


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  1. He's evil incarnate. He should be locked up until the Rapture.

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 18, 2013 8:12:16 AM

  2. I wish him shingles from head to toe.

    Posted by: Mike in the tundra | Sep 18, 2013 8:17:11 AM

  3. Scott Deadly gives humanity a bad name. Were he to burst into flame I'd be the very first to arrive with a bucket of gasoline.

    Posted by: Geoff | Sep 18, 2013 8:28:45 AM

  4. It would be a tragedy of mega proportions if he lost the lawsuit.

    Posted by: Temple | Sep 18, 2013 8:32:08 AM

  5. ""If he loses his lawsuit he could be prohibited from spreading his message abroad, a terrible precedent for other anti-gay crusaders. However if he wins, he emerges stronger than ever....""

    Which is more likely? That he "wins" or "loses"? I don't think "shut up!" lawsuits are successful, no matter how heinous the speech. My speech is protected too: I wouldn't be surprised if he were Dr. Tiller'd one day.

    Posted by: MIke | Sep 18, 2013 8:40:41 AM

  6. Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if everyone adhered to their own religious teachings instead of INSISTING the ENTIRE world see things only their way?

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Sep 18, 2013 9:04:44 AM

  7. He only reveals what the Christians truly want, and that’s the death and murder of all Gays around the world. Without their hatred they would have no religion.

    They prove daily that Jesus died in vain and the Christian’s use his death to spread their abhorrence for love and peace.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Sep 18, 2013 9:12:21 AM

  8. If I remember right, Jesus had two daddies and he came out OK.

    Posted by: Will | Sep 18, 2013 9:59:27 AM

  9. So when international human rights organizations files charges and begins prosecutions, they will have his admission of guilt already entered into the public record.

    How convenient.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Sep 18, 2013 10:36:38 AM

  10. That is why that blood thirsty terrorist Nazi should be charged with accessory to murder on top of his crimes against humanity. He WILL be punished for his crimes.

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 18, 2013 10:51:50 AM

  11. Again, he's doing abroad what he'd like to do here but can't.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 18, 2013 11:14:40 AM

  12. Uganda is a leftist state and a liberal society. Russia is politically left and liberal. And Scott Lively is a leftist christian. Why are leftist so homophobic?

    Posted by: Kev C | Sep 18, 2013 12:12:04 PM

  13. He doesn't exist in a vacuum! Who funds this? With which "church" is he affiliated?

    Posted by: Robert C Scott | Sep 18, 2013 2:40:33 PM

  14. ...There are FAR too many people willing to fund this type of insanity (and they do, with big bucks!)...Their goal is to keep getting money from frightened and hateful trolls with dark souls....they are all alike have an insidious cankerous disease that is untreatable. Shingles are too good for this man, that's for sure. Shoo!...go away!

    Posted by: thom | Sep 18, 2013 3:23:58 PM

  15. oh...one more thing....look at this guy's crazy eyes!...It's must be a trait of theses types...Bachmann,Robertson, Haggard..and on and an...It's in the eyes and we can see it. Scary.

    Posted by: thom | Sep 18, 2013 3:26:35 PM

  16. Watch your karma, padre!

    Posted by: Carlos | Sep 18, 2013 4:24:42 PM

  17. So what he has done is taken what can be said as a well intentioned religion and turned it into his personal Jihad against what he doesn't like. I hate religion, all religion, cause it still is a force in destroying the world.

    Posted by: Todd | Sep 18, 2013 4:49:03 PM

  18. This man needs to be jailed for his crimes against humanity, put into a prison yard and continually beaten by gay men, not until he dies, but so he suffers tremendously as every gay man who has ever been beaten up for being gay ever did. This man is a modern day Hitler and does not deserve a platform for his hate.

    Posted by: Brad Lane | Sep 18, 2013 7:29:37 PM

  19. I like to think that one day scott lively will go to some version of hell where gay demons subject him to all the negative things he caused to happen (both intended and accidental) to gays while alive. Monsters like him need to experience the suffering they caused first hand, over and over, for a long, long long time.

    Posted by: Calvera | Sep 18, 2013 8:00:18 PM

  20. There is a universal theme in Christianity and Islam: apartheid, homicide, and genocide of gay people. Scott Lively is responsible for the deaths of gay people in Africa, Russia, United States. He needs to go on trial for crimes against humanity. The international gay community must pledge to stop Scott Lively from his hate propaganda against gay people worldwide and expose him for the fraudster, huckster, criminal, con-artist he is. He needs to be silenced and prosecuted for his role in the deaths of gay people. We can not allow anyone to propitiate a world theme of murder towards gay people. He must be held accountable for his actions.

    Posted by: CMCalifornia | Sep 18, 2013 11:57:45 PM

  21. It would be extremely beneficial for a smart reporter to expose Scott Lively's biography: Sources of income, donations, connections, links, influences, partners, buddies. Please name individuals, organizations, churches, governments, politicians, officials, who plot with Lively to murder gay people worldwide. We need accurate information, reporting, insightful revelations. How does Lively finance his world hate propaganda? Where does he receive funding? What affiliations has he, and where are they? Is Lively financed by Islam, Mormons, Catholics-Vatican, Evangelicals, USA Southern Baptists? Does Lively instill terrorists acts toward gay people, and does he financially support terrorist acts? Expose everything.

    Posted by: CMCalifornia | Sep 19, 2013 12:14:32 AM

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