Scott Lively: Uganda’s New Law Won’t Be So Bad

Jim Burroway

February 25th, 2014

20140225-123444.jpgScott Lively, whose “nuclear bomb against the gay agenda” he set off in Kampala in 2009 set the stage for the Anti-Homosexuality Bill becoming law, has issued a statement in response to the bill’s signing. Lively now says that he believes that Uganda has taken the “wrong approach in dealing with simple homosexuality” and offers Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” law as “a better model for other nations of the world.” Besides, he says, the effects of Uganda’s new law won’t be so bad:

As a final point I think it is important for people to recognize that the Ugandan law is typical of African criminal law across the continent. Poor countries with limited criminal justice systems tend to rely on the harshness of the letter of the law to be a deterrent to offenders. In practice, the sentencing is usually pretty lenient and I expect that will be the case under this new law as well.

He should try telling that to the 200 or so people who woke this morning to see their names, addresses and occupations published in Red Pepper.

A Ugandan

February 25th, 2014

Does he think the worst that can happen to lgbt people is being charged with this ‘crime’ and going through the justice system? No! It is the day-to-day life sentence they face with the energized vitriol; the fear of living, not sure what tomorrow brings. Some people’s disregard for the welfare of others is mind-boggling.

SharonB

February 25th, 2014

Lively, smugly sitting there with a face like a demon, sick on sin, just makes me want to regurgitate.

Darina

February 25th, 2014

American “conservatives” learning from the Russians… my poor Eastern European brain!

homer

February 25th, 2014

He really doesn’t care if people die. He is a sociopath,

Hunter

February 26th, 2014

Of course, what never occurs to Lively and those like him is that the worst part of the law is that it was even considered, much less passed. Or, let me recast that: he thinks that the best part of the law is that it was passed; enforcement is just the cherry on top.

SharonB

February 26th, 2014

Poster boy for the “Banality of Evil.”

Nathaniel

February 26th, 2014

I wonder if he would be more supportive of the law if he weren’t defending himself against lawsuits tying him to the creation of the law.

Priya Lynn

February 26th, 2014

Very interesting thought Nathaniel.

A Ugandan

February 26th, 2014

Hunter, I agree. Considering that criminalization was already on the books, passing this bill makes people like him relevant to their cause and is some consolation for the progress equal rights are making in the U.S. The rest is collateral, e.g the fact that orgs like Amnesty Intl (doing more than lgbt support work) now have to leave as their mandate violates the law.

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