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Scott Lively's bizarre response to the murder of David Kato

Posted by Rob Anderson  January 28, 2011 03:54 PM

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lively.JPGAfter the brutal murder of a Ugandan gay rights activist Wednesday, a Massachusetts preacher accused of helping incite anti-gay sentiment during a trip to the African nation responded to the killing with a feeble, callous statement. The pastor, Scott Lively, also offered his own bizarre theory about who may have killed activist David Kato by bludgeoning him to death with a hammer.

The killing is still being investigated, but gay rights activists in Uganda have connected Kato's murder to the anti-gay climate fostered by a trip there by Lively and other American preachers in 2009. “David’s death is a result of the hatred planted in Uganda by U.S. evangelicals in 2009,” said Val Kalende, the chairwoman of one of Uganda’s gay rights groups. “The Ugandan government and the so-called U.S. evangelicals must take responsibility for David’s blood.”

But in a statement posted on the website Defend the Family today, the Springield pastor made no mention of his 2009 trip, nor did he condemn the murder or offer his condolences. Lively also said he would "caution the media against assuming Cato’s [sic] murder was a hate crime."

Instead, Lively suggested Kato may have been killed by someone with whom he had been romantically involved, despite the fact that no one familiar with the case has suggested Kato was killed by a gay person, let alone someone with whom he had had a sexual relationship. There remains a "possibility" Kato was "killed by a 'gay' lover," Lively wrote, and likened Kato's death to that of Carlos Castro, a Portuguese journalist who was allegedly beaten to death and castrated by a male model in New York City earlier this month. The link between Kato and Castro — besides the fact that they were both openly gay men who had been brutally murdered — is unclear. But Lively has linked homosexuality to violence in the past. In his book Pink Swastika, Lively blames Nazi violence on homosexuality.

During their 2009 trip to Uganda, Lively and other U.S. evangelical preachers spoke at a conference condemning homosexuality, which gay rights groups say galvanized anti-gay sentiment. After that event, during which Lively argued that homosexuality "will lead to social chaos and destruction," the Ugandan government drew up legislation allowing for the execution of gay people, and a Ugandan publication printed the "leaked" names and pictures of gays and lesbians in the country. Kato's picture was featured on the cover under the words, "Hang them." Before his death, Kato had received numerous death threats.

Lively's response today to the killing differed from that of another evangelicals who traveled to Uganda with him. Don Schmierer addressed, and defended, his role in the controversy directly, calling the incident “horrible” in the New York Times. “Naturally, I don’t want anyone killed," he said, "but I don’t feel I had anything to do with that.”

Lively, who relocated to Massachusetts in 2008 and opened up a Christian coffee shop in Springfield, has come under fire lately, and not just because of his anti-gay views — which, Lively told the Globe, he is trying to downplay. News surfaced earlier this month that Lively employed a convicted sex offender at his Springfield coffee shop. This was after town officials slammed Lively's shop for providing a safe haven for students who were skipping school during the day.

The full text of Lively's response after the jump.

Dr. Lively Comments on Uganda Murder perspective: pro-family from the 'Uganda' topic 28-Jan-2011

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A homosexual activist was murdered in Uganda and the media has rushed to declare it a hate crime though no one has been arrested in the case.
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Ugandan homosexual activist David Cato was murdered yesterday in his home. To my knowledge, no one has been arrested for the crime so the motive at this time is purely a matter of conjecture. CNN is reporting that money and clothing had been stolen from his house, which would suggest a run-of-the-mill criminal intent. There is also the possibility that he was killed by a “gay” lover, as was the case with another homosexual activist two weeks ago in New York. Carlos Castro was castrated with a corkscrew by his boyfriend and bled to death in his hotel room. See http://www.newser.com/story/109384/model-i-used-corkscrew-to-castrate-gay-journo.html

I caution the media against assuming Cato’s murder was a hate crime, Some homosexual activists and journalists rushed to judge another Ugandan gay murder as a hate crime in June 2010, only to sheepishly retract that claim when the murder turned out to be the work of pagan witch doctors involved in a bizarre occult ritual. See
http://www.ugpulse.com/articles/daily/news.asp?about=Police+suspends+activities+of+witchdoctors+&ID=14954 and http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/candacechellew-hodge/2930/hoax_underscores_urgency_for_lgbt_people_in_uganda/

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