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Scott Lively: Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill “A Step In the Right Direction”

Jim Burroway

January 4th, 2010

Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively, one of three Americans who put on an anti-gay conference in Kampala last March which served as a catalyst for the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is now before Uganda’s Parliament, appeared on Alan Colmes radio program to discuss the proposal. He called the bill “a step on the right direction” because “they want to actively discourage the mainstreaming of homosexuality.” But Lively said that the bill “goes way over the line in punishment.”

For quite a long time, Lively was unwilling to say what an appropriate level of punishment would be. After several minutes of hemming and hawing, Colmes finally pinned Lively down. With seconds left in the segment, Lively conceded that they should be no imprisonment.

Update: Here is the last part of the segment, in which Lively tries to defend Uganda’s bill being “a step in the right direction”:

Here is the entire interview:

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

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Women
January 5th, 2010 | LINK

In comparison to its African neighbors, is Uganda really exceptional in this regard? A quick perusal of Wikipedia resources suggests that homosexuality is illegal with stiff penalties (jail for > 1 year or death penalty) in Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mauritania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe, and Botswana. In Mauritania, Nigeria, Sudan, and Somalia the penalty is death or life imprisonment. In fact, only South Africa recognizes same-sex couples in any legal regard, and most of the African countries not mentioned above have laws that make homosexuality illegal with lesser penalties. Are US evangelicals to blame for the laws in all of those other countries too? Didn’t Uganda already have a life imprisonment penalty for homosexuality before said conference took place? American liberals want to blame American conservatives for the attitudes of the vast majority of the world against the public practice of homosexual behaviors rather than face the fact that the values held my American liberals put them squarely among a very small minority.

It sounds like a small, powerful contingent of the Western world who see themselves as “more civilized, more educated, or more aware” than the natives is once again trying to force its norms and values onto the African continent. Have we learned nothing from our previous meddling into African affairs?

GreenEyedLilo
January 5th, 2010 | LINK

What an evil, hideous excuse for a human being. It must be an absolute hell to be Scott Lively.

@ Women: Yes, because when a lot of people are doing something wrong, that automatically makes it right. How dare anyone get nosy enough to try to save others’ lives?

toujoursdan
January 5th, 2010 | LINK

It was western (Christian) conservatives that created this mess in the first place. Before European colonization African indigenous cultures were all over the map on homosexuality. It was Victorian and Catholic missionaries that laid the ground for the current mess.

EvilPoet
January 5th, 2010 | LINK

Proverbs 6:16-19 – why isn’t homosexuality mentioned in the list of things god hates?

Priya Lynn
January 5th, 2010 | LINK

Woman said “Have we learned nothing from our previous meddling into African affairs?”

Of course because no way should we try to stop the murder or life imprisonment of innocent people – thank god no one interfered in the Rwandan genocide either.

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