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Anti-Gay Hate Leader Scott Lively Asks Court To Drop His “Crimes Against Humanity” Charges

Lively bible

Scott Lively, who yesterday began standing trial for anti-gay crimes against humanity  at the federal courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts yesterday entered a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Sexual Minorities Uganda to U.S District Court Judge Michael Ponsor who is presiding over the case.

Ponsor said the lawsuit filed by Sexual Minorities Uganda against the Springfield minister poses a test of Lively’s free-speech protection and the rights of sexual minorities to equal protection under the law. But the judge said the plaintiffs needed to show a connection between Lively’s anti-gay advocacy in Uganda and illegal acts committed against gays in the country. “I’m frankly struggling to see what behavior beyond expressive behavior” of Lively violated federal law, the judge said during the hearing attended by about 150 people, including a prominent Ugandan activist.

The plaintiffs, the judge added, “needed to show a more concrete example of misbehavior to justify continuation of the lawsuit.” But the judge also expressed skepticism about Lively’s request to dismiss the case before trial, noting that the courts have set a high legal threshold for throwing out cases. The plaintiff’s lawyer, Pamela Spees, said that Lively both advised and encouraged homophobic activists in Uganda to deprive sexual minorities of their rights.

Lively arrived at the federal courthouse in Springfield clutching a bible and smiling as activists held a press conference outside and rally outside calling for justice..

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QUEER THE COURT! – Anti-Scott Lively Rally At Springfield MA Courthouse Before and During His Trial

Activists are making a call for everyone that can to join them at a rally and to and pack the court at against anti-gay “christian” extremist hate group leader Scott Lively, who will be standing trial for anti-gay crimes against humanity  tomorrow at the federal courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The lawsuit alleges that beginning in 2002, Mr. Lively conspired with religious and political leaders in Uganda to whip up anti-gay hysteria with warnings that homosexuals would sodomize African children and corrupt their culture. The Ugandan legislature considered a bill in 2009, proposed by one of Mr. Lively’s Ugandan contacts, that would have imposed the death sentence for homosexual behavior. That bill was at first withdrawn after an outcry from the United States and European nations that are among major aid donors to Uganda, but a revised bill was reintroduced last month. Mr. Lively is being sued by the organization Sexual Minorities Uganda under the alien tort statute, which allows foreigners to sue in American courts in situations alleging the violation of international law. The suit claims that Mr. Lively’s actions resulted in the persecution, arrest, torture and murder of homosexuals in Uganda.

From the Facebook event page:

WHAT: Pack the court for oral argument on Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss in SMUG v. Lively before Judge Michael A. Ponsor.

WHEN: You are advised to arrive at 9:00am. The hearing is at 11:00am, however, word is that Lively’s people have been advised to arrive at 9:30am. It also takes one hour in advance to allow time for going through courthouse security. After the argument, there will be a press conference and rally in front of the courthouse, organized by CCR and the Stop the Hate and Homophobia Coalition of Western Massachusetts.

This is about justice and public opinion through awareness. The more people who show up.  The more publicity there will be.

If you are in the Springfield MA area stand up and be heard.  Pack the court-house and go to the rally.  Help expose to the world the hatred of these supposed “Christian” right-wing monster’s and their culpability for crimes against humanity, and for inciting hate and  murder.