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Activist Who Promotes Imprisoning of Gays Protested in Suburban Chicago

ARLINGTON HTS., IL — Pro-LGBT picketers greeted notorious anti-gay activist Scott Lively in suburban Chicago last night at the annual banquet of "Americans For Truth About Homosexuality" (AFTAH), an organization designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a "hate group."
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Scott Lively
The protest was sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network ( and supported by South Side Anti-Racist Action.

Though he denies it, Lively is widely seen as a principal promoter of Uganda's "kill the gays bill" which would institute the death penalty for what it terms "serial homosexuality" and prison sentences for those who defend gays or fail to report them to the police. In 2009 Lively and two other U.S. evangelicals traveled to Uganda and spoke at a conference which, he boasted, someone likened to launching "a nuclear bomb against the gay agenda in Uganda."

The New York Times reported that "the Ugandan organizers of the conference admit helping draft the bill, and Mr. Lively has acknowledged meeting with Ugandan lawmakers to discuss it."

ABC News reported in March 2010 that Lively said of his Ugandan counterparts, "These are good Christians; better Christians than there are here in the states. They care about each other. And I think the reason they're pushing so hard on this law is that they don't want to see what happened to our country happen over there."

This isn't the first time that Lively had tried to promote his anti-LGBT bigotry abroad. In 2007 he traveled to Russia, a country already riven with anti-gay violence and government repression, and wrote an article advocating that Russians should "criminalize the public advocacy of homosexuality… The easiest way to discourage 'gay pride' parades and other homosexual advocacy is to make such activity illegal in the interest of public health and morality."

Window Broken at Christian Liberty Academy
Sometime early yesterday morning, several hours before GLN's protest, some person or persons apparently threw a heavy object and broke a window at the Christian Liberty Academy. We in GLN do not know who did this.

Given AFTAH's often tenuous relationship with the truth, as evidenced in its use of scientific quackery to frequently promote lies about LGBT people, we would not put it past them to commit this minor vandalism against the Academy themselves so that they could put upon themselves the mantel of "victim."

But let us be clear: it is AFTAH, not pro-gay demonstrators, who are the victimizers. The Uganda bill, if passed, will mandate the wholesale arrest of 10's of thousands of LGBT people and our supporters. LaBarbera and Lively have made professional careers out of scapegoating others and attempting to deprive them of rights that they themselves enjoy.

It says something about the profound narcissism of American political life that political leaders and organizations who advocate for wars upon millions overseas, and repression of whole groups of people at home and abroad, are taken aback when minor vandalism is visited upon them.
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