So, let's see...we have an American pastor who preaches that homosexuality is a sin, according to the Scriptures. He is expressing that opinion in a predominately Christian country, where most agree with that view. He voices his opinion to government officials--not as an authority figure but as a foreign visitor. And he spoke to University students in this predominantly Christian country about the dangers of the culture of pornography. That all sounds reasonable to me. What is not
reasonable however, is the contention by the CCR that Pastor Lively is culpable for stringent new legislation proposed by the Ugandan government--which did not even pass
. As he himself states:
Lively called the accusations against him “absurd.” “Implying that my speech and writings about homosexuality overpowered the intelligence and independence of the entire government and population of Uganda, bending them to my supposedly nefarious will is a breathtakingly insulting and racist premise.”
Lively was in fact, opposed
to the death penalty provision included in the proposed legislation, and said he sees rehabilitation as the answer, rather than punishment.
Anyone who really considers Lively's actions as tantamount to crimes against humanity is seriously out of touch with reality. Even the CCR must recognize the absurd nature of the lawsuit. The organization has a history of engaging in such litigation on a whim--seeking publicity and social activism as much as the possibility of actually winning a case in court:
CCR describes itself as “committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.” CRR was co-founded by William Kunstler, a self-described “radical lawyer” famous for representing sometimes violent political and social activists. The law firm uses the courts to advance the activists’ work. Its strategy is “Success without victory,” that is, choosing cases not to win but to generate media or bolster the activists.
But what of the actual complainants in the case? Here is a summary, according to a SMUG representative:
SMUG claims their members have suffered "severe deprivations" of "freedom of expression, association, assembly and the press; . . . to be free from attacks upon one's honor and reputation," and fears harassment, arbitrary arrest and physical harm, including death.
Attacks upon their honor and reputation? Oh, the horror! And they "fear" the possibility of harassment, arbitrary arrest and physical harm, including death. Despite all the talk of false imprisonment and persecution, there seems to be a lack of actual instances of violence against against homosexuals, as implied. They were not actually suffering harm or death, but feared they might
. I'm sorry, but neither Lively's actions nor these worries amount to crimes against humanity, or "horrible persecution" as someone here suggested.
But you know what does
? The senseless violence and murder of Christians in Uganda by Muslims in the last few years. Here are a few examples that made it to the news:
Depriving anyone of justice or human rights is never a good thing. Nor is the mistreatment of any minority group. But it's sad that so many people are not as emotional and outspoken over the increasing bloody persecution against Christians around the world as they are over Gay Rights.