Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Lively Lawsuit


I know you've heard about the "Kill the Gays" bill in Uganda, and chances are you've heard how three American evangelicals helped inspire that legislative horror by leading a conference in Kampala on the "threat" homosexuality poses to the African family and biblical values.

Here's something you haven't heard:  Gay Ugandans are fighting back in an American court.  Can I get an amen?

The gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda is suing minister Scott Lively for spreading violence against gays in the east African country.  The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights filed suit on behalf of the group yesterday in Springfield, Mass., site of Lively's business, the Holy Grounds Coffee House.

Can I get a caffeinated amen?

"We hope that he will be held accountable for what he did in Uganda," said Frank Mugisha, head of Sexual Minorities Uganda. "We want to send out a clear message to him and to others."

The Guardian reported that the lawsuit claims Lively urged Ugandans to battle against a "genocidal" and "pedophilic" gay movement that he "likened to the Nazis and Rwandan murderers."

The minister turned those fear dials up to maximum.

Lively called the legal action absurd, and the court might agree, but gay Ugandans have served notice:  You hurt us in our country, we'll aim for comeuppance in yours.