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MassResistance Endorses Scott Lively As Write-In Candidate for Governor

Jim Burroway

August 13th, 2010

Scott Lively calls Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill "the lesser of two evils."

MassResistance, the most prominent group in Massachusetts that has been fighting a quixotic battle against ‘the state’s same-sex marriage law since the Goodridge decision, has become increasingly rabid in its anti-gay opposition. So much so, that they are one of only fourteen anti-gay hate groups tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center. (That’s out of 932 active hate groups in the United States the SPLC tracked in 2009.) But to give you an indication of how firmly entrenched they are in the politics of personal vilification, MassResistance has now endorsed holocaust revisionist Scott Lively as write-in candidate for Massachusetts governor in the GOP primary:

Lively is everything that (GOP primary front-runner) Charlie Baker is not. He is principled, pro-family, pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-2nd-amendment, pro-religion, pro-parents’ rights, and utterly fearless.

Send a clear message to the RINO establishment

There’s nothing quite like voting for someone you actually support, rather than the lesser of two (or three) evils.

And by thousands (we hope!) of people voting for Scott Lively as a write-in candidate in the September 14 Republican Primary, a very strong statement will be made to the RINO Republican establishment, especially since relatively few people vote in most primaries. Don’t assume you own us. What you’re selling, we’re not buying. The people running the Massachusetts Republican Party love to use social conservatives to do the grunt work on campaigns, but they arrogantly see themselves as above “dirtying” themselves with the principled issues that conservatives care about.

Scott Lively is best known as the author of the widely discredited book, The Pink Swastika, in which he claims that the Nazi movement was, at its core, a gay movement, and that the inevitable result of LGBT equality would be the imposition of murderous fascism. He recently argued that repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would result in a Nazi takeover of the U.S. military, and he told The Daily Show that gay men exhibit absolutely no moral restraint whatsoever.

In March 2009, Lively was one of three American anti-gay activists to deliver what he called his “Nuclear Bomb against the gay agenda” at a conference in Kampala, Uganda which ultimately led to the introduction of the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda’s Parliament. That bill calls for the death penalty against LGBT people under certain circumstances, and virtually criminalizes knowing or providing services to gay people. Lively has called that bill “a step in the right direction” and “the lesser of two evils,” although he claims to oppose the death penalty and has falsely claimed on multiple occasions that the death penalty has been removed from the bill. It has not. The bill, while unchanged, now appears stalled in two Parliamentary committees following international outcry.

Scott Lively himself is no stranger to the SPLC’s list of anti-gay hate groups. His own Abiding Truth Ministries, now based in Springfield, Massachusets, is also listed as an anti-gay hate group. He has worked closely with the other two Massachusetts-based anti-gay hate groups. He delivered a series of lectures at the School of Christian Activism, which is a ministry of the New Generation Christian Center. New Generation itself is a ministry of Latvia-based pastor Alexey Ledyaev, founder of the New Generation Movement. Lively and Ledyaev co-founded an international anti-gay movement known as Watchmen On the Walls, which is also listed as an anti-gay hate group by the SPLC.

(By the way, here’s a trivia note. The picture that MassResistance posted in their endorsement of Scott Lively is a cropped version of my screen-capture from video of Lively speaking on the first day of a Watchmen On the Walls conference in Riga, Latvia. What, they couldn’t get a headshot from their good friend?)

Which means, for those of you keeping track, that Lively is now working very closely with four of the fourteen anti-gay hate groups tracked by the SPLC.

Scott Lively’s ties with MassResistance are deep. He has appeared on MassResistance’s podcast as far back as 2006, and his writings are promoted in MassResistance’s web site. Last March, Lively joined Peter LaBarbera to speak at a MassResistance banquet. Last March, Lively joined Peter LaBarbera to speak at a MassResistance banquet.

MassResistance’s Brian Camenker spoke at a rally put on by the Plymouth Rock Tea Party last July. This appearance followed the cancellation of another Tea Party rally on the Lexington Battle Green due to controversy over Camenker’s participation.  Camenker will also appear at a South Boston Tea Party rally on Aug 22, where the featured speaker will be Don Feder. It should come as no surprise that Feder, who once described himself as being “to the right of Attila the Hun,” was also a featured speaker at the Watchmen’s Riga conference. Anti-gay extremism forms a very tight little world.



Scott P.
August 13th, 2010 | LINK

Can someone please clarify something for me? I just read the SPLC’s list of anti-gay groups and while there were 12 listed, only three were asterisked as “hate” groups. Where does the number fourteen “tracked” hate groups come from?

Jim Burroway
August 13th, 2010 | LINK

I don’t know what list you are referring to Scott, but I used this list here, which comes directly from their online database.

Jim Burroway
August 13th, 2010 | LINK

Also, as I look at it again, counting hate groups depend on how you count them. I see that the Traditional Values coalition is listed twice (once for Anaheim, CA, and once for Washington, D.C.), and Utah-based America Forever is listed separately from Utah-based America Forever Foundation.

Lindoro Almaviva
August 13th, 2010 | LINK

You know? i will not make any predictions, but this Lively guy is inching closer and closer to having his own Luggage-gate scandal.

For our sake let’s hope he is not, but wouldn’t that be absolutely side-splitting hilarious?

Scott P.
August 13th, 2010 | LINK

Jim, I googled “anti-gay hate groups” and clicked on the link for the Southern Poverty Law Center and that’s where i found the list I referenced.

Scott P.
August 13th, 2010 | LINK

But thank you for the clarification.

Gregory Peterson
August 14th, 2010 | LINK

“MassResistance?” Am I the only one who thought of “Massive Resistance,” the anti-Civil Rights movement?

August 14th, 2010 | LINK

i just don’t get it! …where does lively get his credibility from? …besides writing a bunch of junk, what else does he have to his name? why do people listen to him despite the fact that he wrote that junk?

Priya Lynn
August 14th, 2010 | LINK

Anteros, his credibility comes from there being a lot of deeply anti-gay people who are ready and willing to believe anything that puts gays in a bad light no matter how outrageous.

Lynn David
August 14th, 2010 | LINK

I’m surprised they even think there is a theoretical chance Lively might win the primary (it gives real theories a bad name!). Should be interesting to see what votes Lively does get (perhaps on a precinct-by-precinct basis).

August 15th, 2010 | LINK

Priya Lynn:

thanks. that answers a question i had months ago when BTB posted a video showing lively in uganda… i couldnt understand how so many educated people could sit through his presentation and not challenge him on any of his crazy claims… or walk out in disgust… surely even the biggest gay haters in that room could see that his presentation was a waste of time. then again, his presentation wouldnt have prompted the kill the gays bill if his audience didnt appreciate his junk. and they did… i remember a ugandan pastor waving lively’s pink swastika and praising it.

…and now, we have lively being presented as a noble and respectable leader. *shudder*

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