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Lively Defends Forced Therapy Proposal

Jim Burroway

March 17th, 2009
Scott Lively speaking at a 2007 Watchmen On the Walls conference in Riga, Latvia

Scott Lively speaking at a 2007 Watchmen On the Walls conference in Riga, Latvia

Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively offered a defense of his proposal to compel Ugandan gays and lesbians into forced therapy:

And remember that homosexuality is literally illegal in this country. Imagine how bad things would be if the criminal law were abandoned. By the way, the false accusation against me, now circulating in the US, is that I called on the Ugandan government to force homosexuals into therapy. What I actually said is that the law against homosexuality should be liberalized to give arrestees the choice of therapy instead of imprisonment, similar to the therapy option I chose after being arrested for drunk driving in 1985 (during which time I accepted the Lord and was healed and transformed into a Christian activist). [Emphasis in the original]

Lively’s analogy is appalling. A conviction for drunk driving in any U.S. state is nothing like being convicted for homosexuality in Uganda, which carries a penalty of spending the remainder of one’s life in a dank Ugandan prison. And a “choice” between spending the rest of your life in that cold, dark cell and undergoing an unproven, unregulated therapy is not a choice. Lively can dress it up all he wants, but forced therapy is forced therapy.

Exodus International waited nearly a week before announcing that they no longer support the criminalization of homosexuality or forcing people into therapy. We are still waiting for Exodus to explicitly denounce Scott Lively after Exodus board member lent his credibility to Lively’s proposal at the Ugandan conference while remaining silent in Uganda over this proposal.

Click here to see BTB’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.



March 17th, 2009 | LINK

We need to haul this idiot to court and have a judge make him undergo psychotherapy. This man is sick. I cannot comprehend how any mentally healthy person would travel the world and say these kinds of things.

March 18th, 2009 | LINK

Lively should change his name to Deadly.

March 19th, 2009 | LINK

That man will justify anything that happens to a gay person in the name of ‘changing’ him.

Yes, he is evil personified.

December 12th, 2009 | LINK

Currently, there appears to be a lot of support for forced therapy in Uganda. Silly slogans like, “love and counsel homosexuals but hate and fight homosexuality” are being thrown around. Ssempa once claimed that he had expertise in counselling homosexuals. *cringe* Many Ugandans believe in miracles, faith based healing… Benny Hinn kinda stuff. In a recent issue of the New Vision’s Sunday Magazine, there was a centerfold poster of gospel singer Donnie McKlurkin (sp?) with a short text on how he became straight. Wont the real ex-ex-gay therapists please stand up??

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