Dan Cathy Takes the Mark of the Beast

That headline is not true.  Dan Cathy of Chick Fil A has not (to my knowledge) taken the Mark of the Beast.  Yet he has done something that suggests he might be willing to take it if faced with that choice, in the same way that answering a poll is an indication of how a person will vote in an election.  As the Bible says in Luke 16:10, “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.”

Dan Cathy was given a great opportunity by God to show faithfulness to His truth by standing for authentic marriage.  He became a great hero to Bible-believing Christians by refusing to back down when the homo-fascists demanded he retract pro-family statements in 2012.  The mayors of Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia even pledged to deny Chick Fil A business permits in their cities (coincidentally the very penalty listed in Rev 13:17:  “they could not buy or sell without the mark”), but the overwhelming nationwide wave of support that Chick Fil A received was one of the most encouraging events of the past decade.

This week, Dan Cathy took it all back by saying His stand for God was a business mistake. (After all, one cannot serve both God and Mammon: Matthew 6:24)

Nobody knows better than I do the price that one pays for standing up to the LGBT bullies. They are not only vindictive and relentless, they are also very creative in their methods of harassment.  And there is an entire army of them ready to pounce on anyone who crosses them.  I am absolutely certain that they tried their best to make Dan Cathy’s life a constant, living hell since 2012.

Just think of the nastiness of high-profile elections in the final weeks of a campaign when the mud-slinging is the fiercest and the dirty tricks are the most cruel and invasive.  Now multiply that by ten, take away the throngs of energized supporters rallying behind the candidate being attacked (so he has to face it alone), and stretch it out over months or even years.  Throw in a few honey-tongued “hostage negotiators” pretending friendliness and concern (in this case Shane Windmeyer of “Campus Pride), promising that all the pain will go away if you just compromise the truth.  If you can imagine that you can get a glimpse of what it’s like to be targeted by the “gays.”  The greater your threat to their agenda, the worse it gets.

It’s really hard to stand up to that kind of pressure, and I have sympathy for Mr. Cathy, but it’s nowhere close to the amount of pressure that Christians will face in the days of persecution that lie ahead of us. Persecution like many of our brothers and sisters in Moslem countries, for example, are already facing.

True, defending the plain truth that God limits sexuality to the confines of authentic marriage, and specially condemns homosexuality from Genesis to Revelation, is not the same as defending the deity of Christ and your allegiance to Him.  One’s salvation does not hinge upon the perfection of one’s doctrine.  But it is still very important to God.

I am convinced that God is using the homosexual issue as a test of believers all over the world.  It’s like the “stress test” the central bankers are using to forecast which banks would fail in the event of an economic collapse.  Except in this case God is testing us for what we will do in the coming moral and spiritual collapse.  The Bible hasn’t changed, only the culture has changed, and believers are being “stress tested” to see whether they stand with Him or with the world on the things He says are true but which the world is pressing very hard to declare false.

God’s rebuke to Jeremiah when he complained about the power of the wicked should be ringing in our ears about now: “If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, Then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?”  (Jeremiah 12:1-5)

The good thing about a stress test is that it gives people an opportunity to change their ways (repent) before the final exam or the big crash.  God doesn’t care about Chick Fil A’s profit margins if they come at the expense of Dan Cathy’s willingness to stand up for the truth under pressure.  What would it profit Mr. Cathy to gain the whole world (or a few more restaurants on college campuses), if his compromise of Biblical truth today makes him less able to resist the real Mark of the Beast tomorrow?

I’m not saying that Dan Cathy isn’t saved, but he has certainly failed the stress test, and failed the Bible-believing Christian remnant everywhere, by surrendering to the “gay” bullies.  How long before we see Chick Fil A running “gay”-friendly commercials as penance for Cathy‘s “homophobia?”

Where is courage in Christendom?  Where is the loyalty to Christ that once placed love for Hid Word above every other thing, including life itself?  Why have we become so afraid of the opinions of men who hate God and His truth?

There are varying theological views about what the Mark of the Beast is, or will be, and which ones among us will face that choice of taking or rejecting it.  Nevertheless, it stands as a symbol to all Christians everywhere as the choice for or against Christ when the sword is on your neck and to choose Christ means to die saved, or live condemned to hell.  The stress test of pressure from “gay” bullies is not life or death, but it is an indicator of whether you have the faith and courage to choose Him over the things of this world.  In my mind’s eye I used to see the Mark of the Beast as a black dot on the back of the hand.  Now it looks more like a Chick Fil A sandwich.  I’ll never buy another one, and I hope you won’t either.

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Harvard, Mother Jones and the “Gay” Bullies

Recently I participated in a debate at Harvard Law School on the issue of criminal justice.  It featured five candidates for Governor of Massachusetts, of which I am one. The event was marred by the infantile antics of Harvard’s homosexual student group, Lambda, whose members stood and turned their backs to the stage whenever it was my turn to speak, and laughed and sneered loudly at all of my comments throughout the evening.  The topic of the debate was entirely unrelated to homosexuality or the LGBT sub-culture, yet these overgrown adolescents forced themselves on the crowd and their agenda into the debate.  Their complaint against me echoed almost verbatim the slanderous rhetoric of last week’s Mother Jones article, “Meet the American Pastor Behind Uganda’s Anti-Gay Crackdown.”

I am the man being portrayed as a monster in that myth, writing not only as a candidate but as a pastor.  I am greatly concerned about the decline of personal integrity and civility as American cultural values, which I attribute to the rise of cultural Marxism, exemplified in part by the cult of “gay“ bullies who now dominate our public discourse in virtually every sphere of society, but also by the parallel cult of pro-LGBT “advocacy journalists“ who routinely bear false witness to the public in furtherance of their shared ideology.

I value my integrity, and speak plainly and unapologetically about what I believe, without regard for political correctness or the opinions of my adversaries.  I do not hesitate to define homosexuality as a behavioral disorder with serious, moral, sociological and  public health consequences.  I am proud to say that I advocated for the Russian ban on advocacy of LGBT propaganda to children and that I want other nations to follow suit.  I declare frankly that my opposition to so-called “gay” marriage and “gay” adoption of children derives from my belief that homosexuality itself is wrong and harmful to the people who practice it and to society.  Note carefully that I am not parsing my words or spinning euphemisms.  I say what I believe and believe what I say.  I say it without malice, or an intention to provoke malice in others. This is simply objective truth from a Biblical worldview, shared (largely in silence) by millions of good-hearted Americans.

Hate me for my views, if you must, but do not doubt my honesty.  When I tell a reporter, such as Mother Jones’ Mariah Blake, that I do not support the Ugandan anti-homosexuality law as written, you can bank on it.  She obviously did not believe me.  I can forgive that, since leftist journalists who trade in spin and propaganda naturally assume everyone is a liar.  What I cannot leave unchallenged is her omission of  my many comments and observations which would have contradicted her premise that I am to blame for that law, and shown the law’s implications to be less draconian than appears at face value.  A partial list of these follows:

First, it was not my idea to go to Uganda, I was invited by the government to educate key leaders on the strategies and tactics of the “gay” political movement.  I was there to serve, not to lead.

Second, suggesting that my preaching overpowered the will and reason of an entire nation of Africans is breathtakingly racist.  These people are not children, nor ignorant jungle savages.  Most of the democratically elected government officials of Uganda whom I met are as or more intelligent and competent than Ms. Blake (whom I perceive as very bright and talented).

Third, Ugandans are far more familiar with the negative aspects of homosexual orientation than Americans are.  Every June 3rd  is Martyr’s Day, memorializing  the brutal slaughter of  22 young men and boys by the homosexual King Mwanga in the late 1800s for refusing to submit to sodomy.  It is one of the reasons why Uganda criminalized homosexuality many years before anyone there ever heard of Scott Lively.

Fourth, it was the Ugandans themselves who requested information about the homosexual recruitment of children, wanting to better understand this phenomenon that they had observed in their midst.  Most of the complaints that I heard from average people in Uganda related to male homosexual sex tourism corrupting boys and young men.  I probably would not have addressed the topic on my own.  My lectures tend to emphasize the history of the “gay” movement and the socio-political ramifications of its agenda, not the sexual activities of the LGBT community.

Fifth, I did not participate in the drafting of the Ugandan law and opposed it’s harshness from the very beginning.  The Ugandans did not adopt my suggestions to emphasize therapy and prevention rather than punishment.  That having been said, the hysteria about the law in the west is dramatically overblown, since virtually all African criminal law is overly harsh in the letter, but lenient in the application.  Poor countries rely on deterrence since they don’t have money for jails.  It is highly unlikely that anyone will serve any more time in jail for breaking this law than under the anti-sodomy laws of our own country in the 1950s (was your grandmother a “vicious homophobe” for supporting those U.S. laws?).

Sixth and finally, the veiled implication that Uganda is a bloodthirsty nation bent on genocidal extermination of homosexuals is outrageous and absolutely false.  There is greater violence committed by revelers in Chicago after a singe Bulls game than a decade-worth of “homophobic” persecution of “gays” in Uganda.  Indeed, even the absurd lawsuit against me for “Crimes Against Humanity” lists only a handful of relatively minor civil rights abuses over a 10 year period.  My inbox is filled with hate-mail and death threats accusing me of complicity in torture and murder of “thousands” of homosexuals in Uganda, but the only homosexual activist murder that I know of is David Kato, whose “gay” lover is serving 30 years in prison for the crime.

Blake is entitled to her personal opinion.  But neither she, nor any of her journalistic peers who have repeated the identical false narrative about me, are entitled to make the news fit their subjective opinions while posing as objective reporters.  This deceptive ideological advocacy in place of objectivity is unfortunately what journalism has degenerated to in our increasing post-Christian society.

Americans once had a greater ability to tolerate opposing views.  We didn’t accuse people of “hate” for disagreeing with us, or for pointing out the flaws in each others’ conduct or political philosophy.  We didn’t break up public meetings and shout down speakers with opinions opposed to our own.  That was what other, less civilized , societies did:  the right-leaning Marxist Brownshirts of Germany, the left-leaning Marxist Bolsheviks of Russia.  We believed in civility, and indeed, the tolerance for differences that we cherished was the very soil in which the “gay” sub-culture once thrived, when it’s stated (largely accomplished) goal was “the right to be left alone.”

But now our own version of Brownshirts and Bolsheviks run the show.  Armies of “gay” bullies pummel anyone who disagrees with them on any point of LGBT doctrine, from Anita Bryant in the 1970s to Phil Robertson in 2013.  (Try to name a single public figure in the past decade who has criticized homosexuality in the U.S. and not been targeted for destruction.)  Careers are ruined, businesses bankrupted, reputations destroyed, families terrorized, sometimes merely for whispering that authentic marriage is one man and one woman.  Anti-discrimination laws, passed on the promise that they would be a shield to protect innocent people from malicious prejudice, are transformed almost immediately into swords for LGBT activists to attack people of faith.  Compromises by groups like the Boy Scouts, made to accommodate “gay” demands, do nothing but harden the implacable LGBT militancy.

In lock step, armies of ideologically unified .pro-LGBT “journalists” routinely paint the bullies as victims and the victims as “homophobes.”

At the Harvard debate I was an invited guest, yet I was subjected to a humiliating two-hour barrage of mockery, invective and slander by a handful of childish boors, emboldened by Mother Jones‘ assassination of my character.  My hosts did not even ask them to behave.  No one dared to applaud any of my comments, though my views on the restorative model of criminal justice were undoubtedly shared by many of the roughly 200 people in attendance (heads were nodding perceptibly in agreement).  Everyone in that room, except me, was intimidated by the “gay” bullies.

At the root of all of this is a contest of ideas and ideals between Christians and Marxists.  Our society is coming apart at the seams because the Marxists are winning, and replacing the Christian ideals of tolerance, mutual respect, self-restraint and personal responsibility with political correctness, factionalism, moral anarchy and statism.  They’re invoking all of the terms associated with Christian culture, but redefining them to suit the Marxist model.  Objective truth is the only remedy, so I will keep on speaking it despite the bullies at Harvard and their apologists at Mother Jones.

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FYI,

The video clips embedded in the Mother Jones story are taken from a nasty piece of propaganda called “Scott Lively’s Nuclear Bomb,” which bracket clips from my 2009 lectures in Kampala between other film clips and analysis designed to spin my comments as incitement to violence.  It is ugly and sickening.

I don’t have a copy of that video, but I have an audio file of one lecture, about 80 minutes long, which includes several of my statements which are used in the anti-Lively “documentary.”  It is available here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8N3I1n0temmY21VVU9TbGVIY0E/edit?usp=sharing

Download and listen to the lecture to see just how deceptively they have edited my comments and taken them out of context to suit their evil purposes.

 

 

 

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Russia, the United States and Human Rights

Let me be clear from the outset that in my view the United States of America remains the gold standard for human rights in the world and Russia remains an autocratic state with many lingering and greatly disturbing Soviet-era tendencies.  On a scale of 0-100 with 100 being the best, the United States is in the high 70s while the Russian Federation is in the mid-50s.  The problem is that the United States is rapidly trending downward from a high in the 90s, while Russia has been steadily trending upward from a low in the 30s.  It is thus foolish for anyone who cares about genuine human rights to blindly root for one side or the other as if this were a sporting event, though there is plenty of that going on, especially by Russian-bashers trapped in a Cold War mindset.

I am uniquely positioned to comment on this conflict.  I graduated Trinity Law School with a de-facto “major” in human rights, and earned a Certificate in International Human Rights from Strasbourg.  I have traveled extensively in the former Soviet Union, where I lectured on human rights in numerous universities, and, while in Latvia, I authored the Riga Declaration on Religious Freedom, Family Values and Human Rights in 2007.  In my capacity as President of Defend the Family International I was in Moscow last October and met with high level representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and Russia’s pro-family movement.

I am also the first American to be sued, here in America, for “Crimes Against Humanity” under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), by the ironically named “Center for Constitutional Rights“(CCR), for preaching against homosexuality in Uganda. (I am a pastor as well as a lawyer.) This still pending case is subjecting my First Amendment rights as an American citizen to a European legal standard in U.S. Federal Court, for speech that was protected both in the U.S. and Uganda. What is more, my case is the only ATS case not dismissed following the 2013 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to all but strike down the Alien Tort Statute.  Some people believe that the continuation of this case is itself a human rights abuse:  http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen2/13d/lively-lawsuit-ponsor-issues/index.html.

What made the United States the freest and most prosperous nation in the history of the world was Christianity; not the theocratic version that existed in Europe, but the Christian self-governance model of our Founding Fathers.  Their view of “unalienable rights” “endowed” on us by our “Creator,” not the state, is the foundation of American human/civil rights.  When they crafted the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution it was not by accident that the first principle was religious liberty, even ahead of freedom of speech.  Indeed, our second president and co-author of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, issued a fervent warning to future generations that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

The ancient foundation-stone of all modern human rights law in the world today is the Magna Carta, signed in Britain in 1215.  Importantly, that document, too, sets as its first principle “ that the Church of England shall be free, and shall have all her whole Rights and Liberties inviolable.”

It is therefore obvious why America is in decline and Russia is on the ascendancy in the matter of human rights.  America has largely turned her back on God, reorganized her government and culture on a statist model, and is plummeting in a death spiral of moral and ethical degeneracy.  As our collective former (Bible-based) values of self-restraint and personal responsibility steadily decline, external controls and surveillance by the new police state increase. The rule of law becomes the rule of man, and equal justice under law becomes special rights for favored groups.

Conversely, Russia has begun embracing Christian values regarding family issues, albeit imperfectly, in stark contrast to its aggressively godless Soviet past.  Repression in Russia is decreasing as rapidly as it is increasing in the U.S..

 

The crux of the human rights debate is what it means to be human.  Russia appears to be returning to it’s pre-Soviet understanding that humans are made in the image of God, and that our “rights,” are really duties of respect and care for each other which are imposed on us by Him.  This is why the first principle of both the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights is the protection of the Christian church, from which the very concept of modern human rights emerged.  And this is why the greatest point of conflict between the U.S. and Russia is the question of homosexuality.  (I believe even the conflict in Ukraine is being driven to a large extent by this issue, at least on the part of the Obama State Department and the homosexualist leaders of the E.U.)

There is no human right to sodomy to be found in nearly 4000 years of human rights jurisprudence.  It is an invention of Cultural Marxists in the late 20th century, and rests on their dangerous premise that the state, not God, grants us our rights.  In fact, the “right” to sodomy is really an anti-right, because it can only be granted at the expense of the true human rights of religious freedom and family values.  Thus, the first principle of the Magna Carta stood unbreakable in Britain for almost 800 years until the recent introduction of “sexual orientation regulations” (SORs) and the first principle of the First Amendment stood for over 200 years until SORs were passed here in the United States.

Today, both the Magna Carta and the First Amendment are deemed to be trumped by the “right to sodomy” in case after case, and pro-homosexual activist federal judges in the U.S. are striking down “Defense of Marriage” laws in the most morally conservative states in the union with brazen disregard for the constitution and the will of the people.

I ask you, which is the greater threat to human rights: Russia’s law preventing homosexual activists from disseminating their propaganda to children, or the lawless decrees of these American federal judges?  I submit that the former is not a threat at all, but a reaffirmation of true human rights (in that case the right of parents to raise their children according to their own values), while the latter is an egregious affront to liberty and an undermining of respect for the rule of law, which endangers all human rights.

Russia has a long way to go even to meet today’s tarnished standards in America, but if current trends hold, Russia will eventually supplant the U.S. as the greater defender of true human rights.  Unfortunately, at the pace that our country is falling, that day may not be far off.

 

 

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My Comments on the Passage of the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Law

While I respect the right of sovereign nations to legislate sexual morality according to their own cultural standards, I believe the Ugandan anti-homosexuality law takes the wrong approach in dealing with simple homosexuality (as opposed to pederasty and the other sub-categories of “aggravated homosexuality” in the bill).  As I said in my comments to the Ugandan Members of Parliament I addressed in March, 2009 before the AHB had been drafted, the focus of a government seeking to protect its people from the homosexual agenda should be on rehabilitation and prevention, not punishment.

I believe the Russian approach of banning homosexual propaganda to children as a preventive measure is a better model for other nations of the world looking avoid the moral degeneracy that has occurred in the U.S. and E.U. due to so-called “gay rights.”

That having been said, I commend Uganda for removing the death penalty in the final version of the law and for taking a strong stand against the homosexual abuse of children and the intentional spreading of AIDS through sodomy.  I urge the Ugandans to exercise mercy and compassion for homosexual strugglers in their enforcement of the new law and, on behalf of the pro-family movement in the U.S., stand ready to assist in any future effort to shift the emphasis of the law from punishment to rehabilitation and prevention.

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.

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Am I Nuts, or is Craziness Spreading?

One of the most serious but least discussed consequences of choosing a homosexual lifestyle is the loss of critical thinking skills. What is worse, this malady seems to spread fairly easily to non-homosexuals who closely associate with people in the LGBT community (though this observation is by definition unscientific since there exists no objective standard for determining if someone is “gay,” thus a person’s self-declaration is the only measure.)

From the inability to distinguish disagreement from “hate,” or tolerance from approval, to conflating sex and love, homosexualists (ie anyone “gay” or straight who advocates for the mainstreaming of homosexuality) just can’t think straight.

For example, any clear-thinking person can see that basing a right to marry solely on romantic attraction opens the marriage door to many other deviant relationships: polygamy, polyamory, incest, pederasty and even pedophilia. Somehow homosexualists can’t see it.

It is also self-evident that all human beings are heterosexual by design. It is simply unarguable that all sexuality, even the awareness of having a sexual nature, derives from this obvious physiological reality. Yet homosexualists (without a shred of proof after decades of scientific efforts) not only insist that “homosexual orientation” is normal and innate, but also insist that it is impossible for a self-declared “gay” or lesbian to ever reorient to heterosexuality in conformity with the design of his or her body….Even when their illogic is being challenged by former homosexuals!!

Then there is the narrative implicit in all LGBT rhetoric and policy goals, to wit “all disapproval of homosexuality leads inevitably to hatred, violence and even murder of homosexuals (which is why, for example, “gay” anti-bulling policies require all schoolchildren to be brainwashed to believe that homosexuality is good and normal instead of simply teaching them to respect others despite their differences). This narrative does not reflect reality. It is a mutually-reinforced paranoid delusion, yet it drives the homosexualists with such desperate urgency that every person who dares even to whisper that marriage is for one man and one woman is targeted for personal destruction, from Anita Bryant in the 1970s to Phil Robertson just recently. Few have survived the attacks unscathed.

If fact, so desperate are LGBT activists to prove their false narrative that they regularly commit “hate crimes” against themselves as evidence!! Google “gay hoaxes” to see just how common is this bizarre phenomenon. Even the story of their ultimate “hate crime” poster child, Matthew Shepard, was a hoax. An uncharacteristically forthright “gay” journalist spilled the beans last September (after ten years of intensive propaganda to millions of schoolchildren and passage of a federal “hate crimes” law bearing his name) that Shepard was tortured and murdered by “gay” sex partners in a drug deal gone bad.

In 1973, after an intensive campaign of pressure and harassment by LGBT activists, the board of the American Psychiatric Association voted to remove homosexuality as a mental illness from their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), the “bible” of mental health professionals. It was as if they opened Pandora’s Box and unleashed an invisible plague that attacks the reasoning centers in the brain. Now forty years later the evidence is overwhelming that the DSM should never have been modified. The only problem is that most of the people with the power to change it back are now homosexualists themselves, infected with the same disorder. God help us.

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Pro-Russian Press Conference

Announcing the Coalition for Family Values

Announcing the Coalition for Family Values

Report from Washington

Yesterday the Coalition for Family Values announced itself to the world with a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC. The press conference was surprisingly well attended for a pro-family event with most of the 30 seats in the Zenger Room filled. As expected, several of the “journalists” represented homosexual and far left political organizations (such as “RightWingWatch“), but there were legitimate news organizations as well, ABC News and Mother Jones magazine were among them, but we unfortunately did not identify most of the news organizations in attendance.

Attending the conference on behalf of the CFV was me, representing Defend the Family International; Peter LaBarbera, representing Americans for Truth about Homosexuality; Greg Quinlan, representing Living Free Ministries (ex-”gays”); and Diane Gramley, representing American Family Association of Pennsylvania.

 

As the press conference we released our statement (below) praising the Russian Federation for passing pro-family laws and encouraging other nations to follow suit. Our target audience for this message was not primarily American, so we were pleased that a European news service was in attendance as well as Voice of America.

The conference was briefly disrupted when three LGBT activists (one of them a non-English-speaking Russian) stood up to try to read a statement. We did not allow them to control the room, and asked the National Press Club security to remove them, which they did. Upon realizing that they would not be allowed to stay, the leader of the trio, Ellen Sturtz (self-described as an“Angry Old Lesbian“ on her business card) began screaming “I’m a Homo-Fascist!” and tossed a wad of leaflets in the air. They turned out to be flyers with the title “Lively is Deadly” attempting to convey the message that I am a dangerous person who wants to harm homosexuals around the world.

The trio waited on the sidewalk outside the building for an hour and a half waiting for the event to end. I then engaged in a conversation with Ellen for about ten minutes. Amusingly, she asked for a picture with me, and I agreed.

The "hateful" and "dangerous" Scott Lively with Lesbian Accusers

The “hateful” and “dangerous” Scott Lively with Lesbian Accusers

We got lots of coverage from the event, and I believe we accomplished our objective which was to bring awareness to the world that the pro-family movement in the U.S., Canada, UK, and other “pro-gay” countries is happy to see the Russian Federation standing up for family values. We think this will encourage other nations to follow their example.

A big “Thank You!” to everyone who made this event possible, and those who signed our statement. Most of those who wanted to sign were not able to be added because they came in after out final draft was printed to the conference.

 

 

Following is the statement of the Coalition for Family Values, and then my statement on behalf of Defend the Family International, the international arm of Abiding Truth Ministries, followed by a list of news links related to the press conference.

CFV Statement in Support of the Russian Pro-Family Laws of 2013 and 2014

The Coalition for Family Values is a U.S. based international network of loosely-affiliated independent pro-family organizations. We serve the global pro-family movement by encouraging and facilitating cooperation and coordination among pro-family strategists and activists. While geographically, ethnically and methodologically diverse, we share a Biblical worldview, and a commitment to speak the plain truth about the LGBT agenda and its destructive influence on society. Our goal is to promote and protect the natural family as the essential foundation of civilization, and family values as the source and guide to mainstream culture in every society, while advocating reasonable tolerance to those who choose to live discretely outside of the mainstream.

As the 2014 Winter Olympic Games come to a close in Sochi, Russia, we want to praise the Russian Federation for providing much-needed leadership in restoring family values in public policy, and to encourage the governments of the world to follow the excellent example that the Russian government has set in 2013 and 2014 by banning LGBT propaganda to children and limiting the adoption of children to natural families only. By taking these steps in the face of intense criticism and hostility by some Western governments and NGOs, the Russians have demonstrated the high value that they place on their children and the natural family model of society. We believe that God will bless the Russian people for their faith and courage.

The Coalition for Family Values will be encouraging our current and future affiliates throughout the world to lobby their own governments to follow the Russian example. While the LGBT agenda has seemed like an unstoppable political juggernaut in North America and Europe, the vast majority of the people of the world do not accept the notion that sexual deviance should be normalized. It is time that these voices are heard on the world stage before the so-called elites of the Western powers impose their inverted morality on everyone through the manipulation of international law, which they clearly intend to do.

The LGBT agenda has already gone too far, but it is still advancing. We are asking the family-friendly nations of the world to erect a barrier to that agenda in their own countries and in the international community, which can perhaps strengthen and embolden the pro-family movement in the Western nations to roll back that agenda in our own countries.

The future of the natural family is the future of humanity itself. We must not allow the culture of desolation to supplant the culture of life in our societies. Let us pray for healing for those who choose the LGBT path, and (within reason) respect their right to be wrong in their private lives. But let us not allow the LGBT political movement to transform the world in its own distorted image.

Caveat: This statement is not to be construed as a blanket endorsement of the Russian Federation, but an acknowledgement that its policies regarding family values are trending in the right direction. The great lesson of Christianity is that repentance brings renewal, and every person or nation which turns from sin receives the blessing of God. We praise Russia not because it has achieved perfection in all things, but because it has turned from the evil of communism and is beginning to embrace Christian values once again. By encouraging the good, we hope to see further positive changes.

Comments of Dr. Scott Lively, speaking as President of Defend the Family International, an affiliate of the Coalition for Family Values.

“What we want is for the LGBT movement to stop trying to legitimize alternate sexual lifestyles in mainstream society and go back to being a sub-culture. At the beginning of their movement in the 1950s Dale Jennings of the Mattachine Society said what they wanted was “the right to be left alone” (which was basic tolerance). Personally, I have always supported that goal. But with the Stonewall Riots in 1968 they abandoned that reasonable objective and adopted the hard-core militant strategies of the Frankfort School of Cultural Marxists. Since that time their agenda has been about the replacement of Christian sexual ethics with sexual anarchy. In just 40 years they have defeated every secular institution that has stood in their way, starting with the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 and conquering the very last one, the Boy Scouts of American, in 2013. The only barrier left standing is the church, a sizable part of which is running scared from the fight.

The Coalition for Family Values is calling the church to unity and action on Biblical truth as a last stand against the overthrow of Christian civilization in the western world. Russia’s example is very encouraging.

People are afraid of Russia because of memories of the Soviet Union, which was truly an evil empire. It was evil because it was communist and therefore Godless. Communism in Russia and most of the Soviet bloc was defeated in 1991 with the collapse of the USSR. Then came a period of great chaos and criminality as a people with atheistic values struggled in a grand survival-of-the-fittest. In the mid to late 1990s a wave of Christian missionaries flooded Russia and began to remind the people of their Christian heritage, while the Russian Orthodox Church and other traditional denominations also experienced a resurgence.

Today, Russia has stabilized on still-shaky legs, largely through the leadership of Vladimir Putin. If our own intelligence services are to be believed (and that’s a big “if” these days) Putin is a power-hungry despot cynically exploiting conservative values for his own political ends. But that does not seem true to me. I did a 50-city tour of the former Soviet Union in 2006-2007 and believe me, the Russian people are overwhelmingly opposed to homosexuality. Whether or not he personally shares them, Putin is implementing real Russian values, not imposing them on an unwilling populace (like Obama is here in the U.S.).

I was also in Moscow last October for the planning committee of the World Conference of Families VIII which will take place there in September 2014. I met personally with high level representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, including Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov, the Patriarch’s man on family issues, who had me as a guest on his national television program. I can attest to the absolute sincerity of these mens’ Christianity and their deep concern for their people and nation, especially the disastrous population decline they have suffered as the result of un-Biblical sexual lifestyles and abortion. I also observed what appears to be a revival in the Orthodox denomination, which appears to have resumed its place as the Russian State Church — not as it was under the Soviets (when all the priests were KGB agents) but as it was during the time of the Czars.

Indeed, it seems pretty clear to me that Putin sees himself in the mold of the Czars, and not in the mold of the Soviets, and that is a good thing for family values in the Eastern Bloc, if not such a good thing for the Western Powers who are competing with him for lands and markets of the former soviet states, such as Ukraine. (Frankly, with the E.U having become a sort-of “gay” Soviet Union, fully embracing cultural Marxism and persecuting Christians, I think the Ukrainians would be better off in the Russian Federation.) I don’t think Putin is being cynical, but it really doesn’t matter because his comments on Christian values reflect the will of his people.

As for the question of human rights, we do not want to see anyone suffer violence for exercising their freedom of speech, including their self-identification as homosexuals. Russia has an obligation to preserve peace and security for all of its citizens.

That is not to say that it has an obligation to recognize homosexuality and related behaviors as a human right. Homosexuality has never been considered a human right in 4000 years of human rights jurisprudence. Human rights status for homosexuality is an invention of cultural Marxists in the late 20th century, and is recognized as such only at the expense of the genuine human rights of religious freedom and family values.

But while we’re measuring Russia by our American standard of human rights, we should consider whether the disenfranchisement of a few punk music band members on the streets of Sochi (as wrong as that is) comes anywhere close to the to the disentrancement of millions of pro-family American voters by left-wing ideological federal judges, who are now cynically striking down Defense of Marriage laws state by state. How does it compare as a human right outage to the criminalization of voluntary therapy for minors who want to overcome same-sex attraction?

Who are the real totalitarians here? In Russia, the people’s values are being honored by their government. In America, dictatorial powers are imposing their own twisted version of morality on the people.

I think the U.S. is the bigger culprit of the two.”

Media Stories Related to the Press Conference

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Lively vs Obama on Uganda Law

The AP is circulating a story on Obama’s criticism of Uganda today which features my photo (above) and references to my case.

Obama: Anti-gay bill step backward for Ugandans http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/02/obama_anti-gay_bill_step_backw.html

This is my response:

I was not interviewed for this story, even though my name and picture are being used in it.

Although I am portrayed in this story as a pastor, I am also a lawyer. I majored in International Human Rights in law school and have practiced as a human rights consultant in numerous countries. I also hold a Certificate in human rights (1997) from the U.N. administered Institute of International Human Rights in Strasbourg.

I agree that the Ugandan law is overly harsh on its face, but this 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 criminals. In practice, the sentencing is usually pretty lenient. Kenya, for example, has the death penalty for burglary, but burglars are definitely not being executed there. I’ve explained this phenomenon to over two dozen journalists at top media outlets that have interviewed me over the past couple of years, but none have included this perspective in their stories. I guess it would undermine their efforts to bolster the “gay” cause.

As for Obama’s veiled threat to Uganda, I’d like to remind him of the actual international law (as opposed to the imagined law I’ve supposedly violated):

“(1) U.N. General Assembly Resolution 2625 (XXV) of 24 October 1970, (A/RES/25/2625) containing the Declaration of Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, provides as follows:

The principle concerning the duty not to intervene in matters within the domestic jurisdiction of any State, in accordance with the Charter

No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State. Consequently, armed intervention and all other forms of interference or attempted threats against the personality of the State or against its political, economic and cultural elements, are in violation of international law.

No State may use or encourage the use of economic political or any other type of measures to coerce another State in order to obtain from it the subordination of the exercise of its sovereign rights and to secure from it advantages of any kind.,,,

Every State has an inalienable right to choose its political, economic, social and cultural systems, without interference in any form by another State.”

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The Anti-Russian Human Rights Watch Video is a Hoax

I have just two words in response the Human Rights Watch video of supposed homosexual harassment in Russia: Matthew Shepard.

To this day, despite the fact that a major federal law is named after him and untold thousands of pubic school children have been (and are still being) brainwashed in “gay” propaganda through a play about his life, the majority of Americans still do not know that the Matthew Shepard hate crime story was a hoax. That’s because (with rare exceptions) homosexual political activists and their “progressive” allies sitting in most of the seats of power in the mainstream media are LIARS.

What’s that, America? This is the first you’ve about the Shepard hoax? What a surprise. You mean to say that your trusted mainstream news sources didn’t tell you that last September a “gay” journalist exposed the Matthew Shepard “hate crime” murder as an incident of “gay on gay” violence by poor Matt’s former sex partners in a drug deal gone bad? Hmmm.

Maybe the Shepard hoax was such a rare incident, and so damaging to the otherwise worthy effort of protecting “gays” from violence that we should forgive the media for suppressing the story? After all, it is certainly true that homosexuals as a class truly are victims of terrible persecution and violence. Aren’t they?

Let’s look at some of the most recent examples. We all know, of course, that the most hateful “anti-gay” regime in the world is Uganda. We know that because the media tells us so. We know especially about Ugandan “gay rights” leader David Kato, murdered in broad daylight in Kampala by a vicious homophobe inspired by the “hateful” preaching of yours truly.

But, no, after a week of world-wide hysterical hand-wringing and finger-pointing by the leftist media and “human rights” groups, the Ugandan police caught the killer, who turned out to be a male prostitute, Enoch Sydney Nsubuga whom Kato bailed out of jail to be his live-in lover and houseboy. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ihVH6Ahnbnhdo3CqrEDT3mCBknKg?docId=CNG.9057dbf4f3db02f92ea39216b26eb623.8a1

Young Enoch confessed to bashing in Kato’s head with a hammer and is now serving 30 years in a Ugandan prison.

So Kato was just another super-high-profile “gay” murder that turns out to be “gay on gay” violence. Didn’t see that follow-up coverage in your trusted mainstream news sources? Don’t take it so hard. The Marxist law firm suing me for “Crimes Against Humanity” (based largely on the Kato case) didn’t include those inconvenient facts in their complaint, either. If the urgency of the “gay rights” cause can justify lawyers bound by strict rules of ethics to withhold these facts from a U.S. federal judge, what do you expect as a mere member of the pubic from journalists with no ethics at all?

Speaking of hammers, they seem to be the weapon of choice for “gay” men who want to murder their lovers. Last week the Daily Mail reported on the 1986 murder of President Obama’s high-school drug dealer and party-pal “Gay Ray” Boyer by his live-in rent boy…with a hammer. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2547667/EXCLUSIVE-Obamas-high-school-pot-dealer-future-president-thanked-good-times-yearbook-beaten-death-gay-lover-fights-flatulence-drugs.html

But I digress.

Are there any more examples of persecution of homosexuals in the news lately? Well, there’s the case of that lesbian waitress who was the object of a cruel message instead of a tip. But no, that turned out to be a hoax. Or that guy in, where was it? Montana? That “gay” guy that got beat up outside the bar? We all saw the pictures cause that story got major coverage. But no, that turned out to be a hoax also.

Wait, what about that famous “gay” celebrity journalist, Carlos Castro, murdered in his hotel room in New York a few years ago? Oops, that was another “gay on gay” killing, this time (close your ears men) due to blood loss after castration with a corkscrew. Ouch! (I guess there weren’t any hammers around.) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1352775/Celebrity-journalist-Carlos-Castro-murdered-castrated-corkscrew-NY-hotel.html

The “gay” killer of “gay” fashion celebrity Gianni Versace (Elton John’s pal), used a hammer, but not on Versace. He shot Versace but killed several other “gay” friends with a hammer. But again, I digress (It’s hard to maneuver around all these heaps of corpses in the “gay” community). http://www.nydailynews.com/news/justice-story/justice-story-gianni-versace-article-1.1409719

I could go on and on but you get the point. I’ve got a huge file on these cases. Hundreds of them, some of which, including some mentioned above are archived on my website under “Hate Crimes and Fraud” here: http://www.defendthefamily.com/pfrc/newsarchives.php?topic=21

One of my favorite “gay” hate-crime hoaxes was the case of Azalea Cooley back in Portland, Oregon in 1992 when I was the spokesman for Ballot Measure 9 (which would have amended the state constitution to stop the “gay” agenda there).

Poor Azalea, a wheelchair-bound Black lesbian, was subjected to a vicious months-long hate campaign that included 21 cross-burnings on her front lawn… until a couple of rogue cops set up their own private sting and caught Ms. Cooley walking out her own front door in the dead of night with a wooden cross and a can of gasoline. Which, of course, didn’t stop the No on 9 campaign (one week later) from conducting their massive “March Against Hate” parade from Azalea’s neighborhood to downtown Portland, with their “hate-crimes” poster-child Azalea leading the parade… in her wheelchair!! (You couldn’t make this stuff up.)

No one, of course, asked Azalea’s roommate (who worked for the Sheriff’s Department), or Police Chief Tom Potter (a No on 9 spokesman whose daughter was an open lesbian on the force) why law enforcement could never catch the “hate criminals” prior to the rogue cops’ sting. Potter went on to become Mayor of Portland while I continued to be accused by the Oregon media of “creating a climate of hate and fear” for saying “gay rights” activists are liars. Go figger.

Last Fall, on behalf of pro-family advocates here in the United States and Canada, I sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin thanking his government for passing a law protecting Russian children from “gay” propaganda. In that letter I offered this warning:

In readying your society to recognize and counter the efforts of the militant gay movement it is important to understand that their propaganda and policies adhere invariably to the narrative that all disapproval of homosexuality leads inevitably to hatred, violence and murder of homosexuals. All of the pro-homosexual policies in the United States and Europe rest on this unstated and unchallenged but fictional premise. Thus, the homosexualist movement is not simply seeking social tolerance, or acceptance, but political power and control. They want the power to stamp out all disapproval of homosexuality in your society and to compel every citizen (especially the youth) to embrace the view that homosexual conduct is good and normal….In the coming months and years Russia and Her people will be increasingly portrayed by emotion laden and abusive hyperbole as bigoted haters, intent on exterminating homosexuals.

The Human Rights Watch video, released to coincide with the opening of he Sochi Olympics is fulfillment of my prophecy. I predict more will follow.

I have one final, very important point to make in this article. I am NOT saying all of the incidents described the video are fakes.

While it is true that “gay” activists are masters of public deception, and their ranks include not just veteran political propagandists but also billionaires like George Soros and movie producer David Geffin — with the capability of staging any possible scenario flawlessly — I believe some of the incidents depicted on the film are probably real.

But that begs the question, who are these perps? Q. What sort of men go out of their way to find and harass effeminate “gay” men on the public streets? A. They are, literally, NAZIs! Ultra-Macho Nationalists, of which Russia has many. Q. And who makes up a significant part of the Nationalist movement everywhere in the world through all of modern history? A. Masculine oriented homosexual men of the very same sort that created the Nazi Party of Germany.

As “gay” journalist Johann Hari (another rare truth-teller) admitted in his Huffington Post article, “The Strange, Strange Story of the Gay Fascists”: This is a taboo topic for a gay left-wing man like me to touch, but there has always been a weird, disproportionate overlap between homosexuality and fascism….With the exception of Jean-Marie Le Pen, all the most high-profile fascists in Europe in the past thirty years have been gay…. Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell [explains] …‘They are going for hyper-masculinity, the most extreme possible way of being a man….These troubled men have a simple belief in their minds: ‘Straight men are tough. Queers are weak. Therefore if I’m tough I can’t be queer.’ [Bashing the Femmes] is a desperate way of proving their manhood.’”

Read the whole article, it’s priceless: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-strange-strange-story_b_136697.html

Indeed, even the ultimate “gay” clam to victim status — persecution by Nazis under the Third Reich — was almost entirely Butch/Femme “gay on gay” harassment. See http://www.scottlively.net/the-pink-swastika-5th-edition/

So in conclusion, I say the Human Rights Watch video is just another piece of deceptive Machiavellian “gay” propaganda, offered to prove the completely false narrative that all disapproval of homosexuality leads to hatred and murder. Whether or not any parts of the video are unstaged, the product as a whole is perpetrating a hoax.

Do not be fooled. The “gays” are not the victims, at least not as a class. In stories like this they are usually the bullies beating up each other (or themselves) on and off camera, sometimes by consent, to dupe the public into granting them collective “victim status,” with all of the extensive social and political benefits that entails.

If the producers of this video really want to depict violence against “gays” they should turn their cameras inward.

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The painful case of Pastor Scott Lively, homophobe to the world

Friends,

This article came out today in the Washington Post. www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/02/03/the-painful-case-of-pastor-scott-lively-homophobe-to-the-world/?wp_login_redirect=0

I am pleased to note that I have been promoted to “’perhaps the most extreme’ of a network of U.S. evangelicals” but that designation was by a different writer in the National Journal here

www.nationaljournal.com/gay-washington/evangelicals-are-winning-the-gay-marriage-fight-in-africa-and-russia-20140123

I have replied to the WP piece below (you should read that article first).

With the Sochi Olympics gearing up, I expect there will be many news articles bashing me as a symbol of resistance to the global “gay” agenda.
Now that I’ve reached a place in my personal spiritual walk where I don’t fear the persecution and don’t really care about the opinions of the world and the man-pleasers within the church, I now actually enjoy the battle for truth. All Glory to Our God who gives boldness in place of timidity and peace in place of worry.

Why do the Heathen rage? In part for our amusement :)

Dr. Scott Lively

Just a short note from the “fever swamps.” The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion was a vicious piece of false propaganda designed to harm the Jews based on irrational hatred against them. The facts I relate about homosexuality and the “gay” movement are all true and well documented, some by our own Centers for Disease Control. And my purpose is not to harm homosexuals but to prevent them from co-opting mainstream family-based culture which will not survive transformation to the sexual anarchy model of the “gay” subculture.

Ironically, at the time the Protocols were “discovered” and being disseminated across Europe the Jews of Germany were engaged in a Scott Lively-style attack on the homosexual movement. Jewish moralists led by newspaper mogul Maximilian Harden exposed a homosexual cabal in control of the young Kaiser leading to a huge national scandal and very public trials. Writing in the 1940s German Jewish writer Samuel Igra postulated that this public shaming of the power-hungry “gays” was the initial cause of Adolf Hitler’s hatred of the Jews, since Hitler was by numerous accounts a male prostitute on the streets of Vienna and Munich during those days and likely identified with the defendants. It’s at least plausible.

In any case, Rauch is drawing a common false comparison between Jews and homosexuals. Being ethnically Jewish is an immutable status like being African or Chinese. Each of these is morally neutral. Homosexuality, on the other hand is a form of voluntary sexual conduct with serious moral, sociological and public health implications. It is irrational to discriminate on the basis of race or skin color. It is irrational NOT to discriminate on the basis of harmful sexual conduct.

In closing, I guess we’ll find out just how devoted Mr. Rauch is to free speech by whether he arranges for me to have a chance for rebuttal other than this note in the comments section of his attack piece. This is my formal request.

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TOP SEVEN REASONS WHY I AM PRO-LIFE

I, Dr. Scott Lively, am Pro-Life…

1. Because God wants me to be:

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.

2. Because science proves that every baby is a unique human being from conception.

“To accept the fact that after fertilization has taken place a new human has come into being is no longer a matter of taste or opinion … it is plain experimental evidence. Each individual has a very neat beginning, at conception.” Dr. Jerome Lejeune, Father of Modern Genetics.

3. Because the deliberate choice of abortion is just another name for murder.

According to The Model Penal Code of The American Law Institute, murder is

“purposefully or knowingly killing another human being.”

4. Because American law and government rest upon a pro-life premise.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Declaration of Independence, emphasis added.

The remaining three items are statements of self-evident truth.

5. Because legalized abortion robs fathers of their fundamental rights as parents, and their Biblical authority as heads of their households.

6. Because women are degraded and harmed by the choice to kill their own children.

7. Because even in the case of rape or incest, a child must never be required to pay for the sins of his father.

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Danger Lurking in Duck Dynasty Debacle

Memo to Pro-Family Leaders and Activists

The backlash against GLAAD and A&E over the firing of Phil Robertson while encouraging, has also exposed a serious danger lurking in the way some conservatives are looking to homosexuals for support for our position. Laura Ingram had some “gay” writer on her show, and let him get away with characterizing Phil Robertson‘s comments as bigotry. Lots of pro-family people are quoting Brandon Ambrosino’s article in Time http://ideas.time.com/2013/12/19/the-duck-dynasty-fiasco-says-more-about-our-bigotry-than-phils/and open lesbian Camille Paglia has also written a widely distributed piece.

I’m not against these people speaking their minds just because I oppose their lifestyle, but I am against the phenomenon of pro-family people thinking they are bolstering our arguments by using unrepentant “gays” as sources.

First, we never hear from these supposedly “conservative” or “moderate” homosexuals unless it’s to do damage control to protect their agenda (which is to fully legitimize homosexuality in society). We saw the same thing occur in 2012 when the “liberal” homosexual attack on Chic-Fil-A in 2012 sparked a national backlash. Whenever the more progressive wing of the “gay” movement goes too fast and threatens the success of the LGBT marketing strategy, the “conservatives” jump into the spotlight to soothe the public nerves. Why should we help them accomplish that?

Second, we need to recognize that the supposed “liberal” vs. “conservative” polarity in the homosexual alliance is a cleverly crafted illusion to infiltrate the pro-family movement. Of course there are some genuine political and ideological differences among homosexuals, but do not deceived, these cosmetic differences are all subsumed within the common goal of conquest of Christian civilization.

We must remember that the “gay” movement is a single, united cult of cultural Marxists, following the Hegelian thesis-antithesis-synthesis dialectic.

Our thesis is the truth of the Bible: homosexuality is condemned by God as an abomination.

Their anti-thesis is that homosexuality is good and normal.

Any “synthesis” of these two contradictory premises is abandonment of the thesis and an outright rejection of the truth of God. “What fellowship hath Christ with Belial?” asked Paul rhetorically in 2 Corinthians 6:15.

Our embrace of people like Tammy Bruce and Camille Paglia (as brilliant as the latter may be to quote on feminist issues) is the “synthesis” phase of the Hegelian dialectic and poisonous to our theology and agenda.

The rise of “conservative” homosexuals is a ruse to sucker us into endorsing “gay rights” in a slightly different form. Think about it for a moment. If these people were truly on our side politically or ideologically they would consider their homosexual inclinations a private matter and a challenge to be overcome, and never publicly identify as “gay.”

Lets have compassion for homosexuals but never align ourselves with them politically or give them a platform to legitimize their lifestyle. Anyone who self-identifies as a unrepentant homosexual is an enemy of the truth, no matter how “conservative” they may sound. Love them as lost sheep, but hate the false premise they live their lives by.

Remember, the Marxist dialectic was taught as a dance to Soviet children: two steps forward, one step back equals a net gain of one step. The “progressive” homosexual agenda represents the two steps forward. The “conservative” homosexual “counter-faction” is one step back. When we endorse “conservative gays” we are helping the entire “gay” movement to advance at the expense of the Bible. Lets not dance with the devil!

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Time for Pro-Family Push-Back in 2014!

Those of us who still hold a Biblical worldview have been heartened by recent global events affirming normalcy. The Australian high court struck down “gay marriage” as unconstitutional, the Indian high court re-criminalized sodomy, and Russian President Putin declared his nation to be the new moral compass of the world for championing family values. Although Ukraine’s highly controversial decision to postpone (or cancel) a step into the fold of the European Union has been framed in economic terms, there is little doubt that the Ukrainian disdain for the sexual perversion agenda of the EU has played a major role. And in tiny Jamaica, a push to decriminalize sodomy (driven in large part by the U.S. State Department), has run into so much opposition that the pro-family Jamaicans just might win that battle.

There is no question that among the major western powers 2013 has been the best year for the homosexual movement since its defeat of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 1973. The APA was the first of the big secular institutions to fall to the homosexual movement after its agenda was militarized in the Stonewall Riot of 1968 (the day they tried to burn police officers alive in the Stonewall bar on Christopher Street in NYC for attempting to arrest an under-age drag queen who serviced the homosexual men there). Today that incident is celebrated annually as “Gay Pride Day.”

That was the day the “gay” movement abandoned its previous goal of achieving “the right to be left alone” (tolerance) and embraced the new goal of total conquest of Christian civilization being advocated by the radical Frankfort School of cultural Marxists led by Herbert Marcuse. Marxism has, of course, always been about destroying civilization to clear the way for the Marxists to build a supposed socialist utopia on the ashes. Like Balaam in the Bible (Numbers 22 and Revelation 2:14), the Frankfort school taught that taking down civilization could be accomplished more rapidly through a focus on social rather than economic issues (i.e., encouraging sexual immorality in society). Marcuse saw homosexuals as the perfect agents of this change, as indeed they were.

In the US, 2013 saw the completion of a 40-year LGBT campaign to conquer American society and culture. 40 years happens to be the Biblical number of testing (just as 13 is the number of rebellion against God) but in practical terms it was the length of time the “gays” needed to subjugate all of the secular institutions in America. The very last to fall was, of course, the Boy Scouts of America. Tellingly, the new homosexual-controlled BSA has just elected as its first president, the reprobate Robert Gates, who, as Obama’s Defense Secretary, homosexualized the next-most-recent “gay” trophy, the United States Military, following the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

To those who would suggest that the Republican Party remains a secular institution still committed to defending the natural family, let me remind you that it was the Republicans, including libertarian darling Ron Paul, who willingly provided the votes to hand over the military to the Sodomites. And even Ted Cruz voted recently to affirm the first openly homosexual judge to the federal bench. It‘s my theory that the seismic shift of FOX News to a more “gay-friendly” posture over the past 18 months or so is designed to give cover to the now solidly pro-homosexual Republican establishment. (The GOP elite just can’t be too open about it because the grassroots is still strongly pro-family.)

Yet, despite the dire picture in the west (lets not forget that 2013 also saw “gay marriage” adopted in England and France), the culture war is not over, even in America. There remains one institution still standing against the “gay” agenda: the church of Jesus Christ (in alliance with Torah-faithful Jews).

Now that the people with cloudy secular thinking and ambiguous motives are off the battlefield, we can all finally recognize the culture war for what is it: a battle between Good and Evil. The still sizable remnant of the Christian church stands for the goodness of God, represented in the blessing of authentic marriage and the natural family, the sanctity of life and a civilization grounded in Biblical truth. The homosexual movement stands for the agenda of the evil one, represented in counterfeit marriage and corrupt notions of family, the sublimation of the needs of children to hedonistic selfishness, and a degeneration of civilization into moral anarchy.

Yes, 2013 was the year of the LGBT agenda. But I‘m predicting 2014 will be the Year of the Pro-Family Push-Back!

The homosexual movement may have built up a formidable army of activists and an enormous war machine over the past forty years, but even at its best it is no match for an awakened Christian church. And for the first time in my 25 years of service as a Christian social activist I believe the church has been awakened. It hasn’t buckled on its armor. It’s not even standing on its feet yet. But the church of Jesus Christ — the universal body of Bible-believing Christians spanning every denomination and confession — finally has its eyes open and is aware that the enemy has breached the outer walls.

I think the shock that broke the peace of slumber occurred back in 2012 when Chic-Fil A executive Dan Cathy made a public statement in defense of authentic marriage, and the “gays” dramatically over-reacted. In response to Cathy’s pro-marriage statement, the mayors of “gay” stronghold cities Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia announced they would not allow Chic-Fil-A restaurants to be built in those cities. The church suddenly snorted and got up on one elbow: “Huh? What did they say?” For a brief moment the mask was pulled off and Christian America got to see the real face of homo-fascism. They didn’t like it!

The homosexual political machine, which had hummed along so perfectly for so long had made a major gaffe. They turned up the heat under the frog in the water pot too fast and he jumped out. Across the nation, such a wave of support arose for Chic Fil A, that it stunned even the pro-family leaders who had been praying for something like this to happen.

Homosexual leaders moved rapidly to repair the damage, distancing themselves from the Mayors’ ill-advised announcement, but it was too late. The giant settled back into the pillows but didn’t go back to sleep.

It was thus awake later in 2012 to see Southern Poverty Law Center supporter Floyd Lee Corkins attempt mass-murder against the Family Research Council, carrying a bag of Chic-Fil-A sandwiches to scatter among the corpses.

It was awake in June of 2013 when U.S. Supreme Court Justice and long-time homosexualist Anthony Kennedy released the opinion striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

It was awake in September when a “gay” journalist exposed the Matthew Shepard “hate crime” narrative as the biggest hoax of the modern age.

And it was still awake later in the year when Christian small business owners across the nation began facing criminal penalties for refusing to bake cakes and print wedding announcements for “gay” provocateurs who deliberately targeted them for punishment in the wake of sexual orientation “anti-discrimination” policies being adopted in their cities.

At the close of 2013 the Christian church is now wide awake and concerned. The giant is sitting up on the edge of the bed, ready to put on his shoes and go out to deal with this problem.

This article is a call to action to pro-family leaders and activists across America. We need to rally together to quickly arm and equip the giant. I will personally pursue three tactics to accomplish the goal and I invite you to join with me in encouraging the church to follow suit:

First, Reclaim the Rainbow. The rainbow belongs to God, not to the “gays.’” It is the symbol of His authority over creation in Revelation 6-9, and of His Glory in Ezekiel 1:28 and Revelation 4:3. The “gay’ movement is essence wrapping itself in God’s own cloak in an attempt to sanitize a lifestyle which cannot be sanitized. I am calling on every Christian church, ministry and activist to begin using the rainbow symbol (in conjunction with key scriptures) to reclaim the rainbow in a way that cannot be mistaken for support of the homosexual agenda — such as displaying a rainbow flag or bumper sticker bearing the legend “The Rainbow Belongs to God: Rev 6-9, 19” (linking, the story of the flood with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah as does the Bible). I assert no copyright of this idea or verbiage for anyone who wants to adopt it for the cause of Christ.

The church reclamation of the rainbow will not only prevent the name of God from being tied to sodomy (an essential goal in itself), it will throw the homosexual battalions into disarray. It will also force them to find a new battlefield flag to fight under, just as in the 1990s they were forced to abandon their first banner, the inverted pink triangle, after my book The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party (co-authored with Orthodox Jewish researcher Kevin Abrams) exposed their efforts to create a false “Gay Holocaust” as a symbolic rallying-point for their national movement.

Second, Reclaim the Constitution. The church must be educated to recognize that anti-discrimination policies based on sexual orientation, aka “sexual orientation regulations” (SORs) are the seed that contain the entire tree of the homosexual agenda with all of its poisonous fruit. Far from being a benign civil rights policy (a Shield) to prevent unfair discrimination in employment and housing, SORs are a devilish scheme to subvert the constitution and give militant LGBT activists a Sword to attack Christians through private lawsuits and public “hate crime” enforcement.

SORs are used routinely today to give special rights to homosexuals and transsexuals that trump the First Amendment. The next step in the SOR strategy is to strip the churches of tax-exempt status, force pastors to perform homosexual “marriages,” and criminalize the Bible as “hate speech.”

Churches must step up now to push back the SORs by 1) opposing them in jurisdictions where they have not yet been adopted, and 2) by amending them in every place where they have already become law (including local and state governments, quasi-government agencies, public schools and universities, for-profit and non-profit corporations, etc.). These existing SORs can be easily neutralized by amending them with a First Amendment Supremacy Clause, to wit:

In no circumstance shall sexual orientation regulations supersede the First Amendment rights of individuals, churches and religious organizations to freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion.

“For the purpose of this amendment, religious organizations are those whose policies or culture are substantially influenced by religious values, including but not limited to Christian bookstores, adoption agencies, hospitals, businesses, social organizations and student clubs on college campuses.”

Once again, I assert no copyright of this idea or verbiage for anyone who wants to adopt it for the cause of Christ.

Third, and most importantly, Reclaim the Bible. This imminent, perhaps final battle for the heart and soul of America, largely comes down to a contest over the Word of God. Over the past 40 years the homosexual movement has produced an entire school of Biblical revisionists who have invented a new doctrine called “Gay Theology.” It provides the twisted theological underpinning for the “Welcoming and Affirming” movement in the so-called “mainstream” denominations, and for the more recent “Emergent Church” movement among evangelicals. “Gay Theology” is the heresy of our time and must be effectively countered.

In 2014, I will be working to encourage the church in America to reacquaint itself with the clear Biblical teaching on homosexuality that has been largely self-censored due to the pressure of political-correctness in the popular culture. Now that the giant has awakened and realizes there is a very real threat to Christian civilization presented by the homosexual movement, individual churches will be increasing more inclined to revisit the teaching of the Bible on the topic. I will be referring pastors and church leaders to the work of scholars such as Rob Gagnon and James DeYoung, as well as to concise Genesis-to-Revelation summaries such as my video The Global Threat of Homosexuality at http://www.massresistance.org/docs/issues/scott_lively/speech_011512.html

I confess that I’ve been increasingly pessimistic over the past few years, and downright discouraged a few times during the darkest days of 2013, but I have a very strong sense today that things have changed for the better for the pro-family movement, at least in the short term. I am very optimistic for our prospects in 2014. It’s time for some push-back!

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Lively Asks Court of Appeals to Overrule Ponsor

Friends,

Yesterday my attorneys filed a special and little-used Writ of Mandamus with the Federal Court of Appeals, asking that it overrule Judge Ponsor’s denial of my Motion to Dismiss the frivolous SMUG lawsuit against me for alleged “Crimes against Humanity.   See the writ here: Writ of Mandamus

Senior litigation counsel Harry Mihet’s reasoning and articulation is again masterful and highly persuasive.  God has truly blessed me with a advocate equipped with great skill and intellect.

The writ is relatively short and straight to the point so I’ll let you read it for yourselves, but I’ll cite one paragraph here that sums up why I am in this suit:

“Few people would ever engage in the political process if the cost of doing so was having to defend through discovery and summary judgment a transnational crimes against humanity suit brought by their political adversaries. Here, this is SMUG’s admitted purpose in bringing this suit – to make it “too costly” for Lively and others to engage in speech and advocacy that offends SMUG.”

This lawsuit is harassment, pure and simple.

Blessings,

Pastor Scott Lively

 

 

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“Gay Marriage” as a Sign of the End Times

Originally published September 15, 2011

Harold Camping was wrong about Judgment Day, but he was right that the rise of the homosexual movement is a sign of the end times.

We are probably all familiar with the oft-cited fact that the collapse of numerous civilizations prior to our own were heralded by a rise in sexual immorality, especially homosexuality.  That alone should alert us to the grave situation we find ourselves in today.  But there is a deeper spiritual significance beneath that statistic.  God has chosen rampant homosexuality to be a key warning sign for judgment of the world as a whole, and not just of individual nations.

Genesis is the book of beginnings which sets the tone and lays the foundation for all of our theology.  It is there in the first chapter that God establishes the “one flesh” standard for human sexuality which is lifetime, monogamous heterosexual marriage.  This isn’t just a guide for individual conduct, it is the essential bedrock of civilization.

Thus, the corruption of marriage was instrumental in bringing about the wickedness and violence that caused God to bring the flood upon the world.  Jesus warned that “as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. ‘For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark‘” (Matt. 24:37-38, referencing Gen 6-7).  Not only had marriage been corrupted, the people were so apathetic of that fact that they gave no credence to Noah’s warning that their sin would soon end in judgment.

Homosexuality is not mentioned specifically as an aspect of the pre-flood corruption, but we can assume that a society of men and women whose thoughts “were only evil continuously” (6:5) were involved in every form of sexual perversion.  And we have a clue in the story of Ham, who, after the flood, “looked upon his fathers nakedness” (9:22).  A school of Jewish tradition holds that Ham or his son Canaan engaged in some form of homosexual molestation of Noah.  Be that as it may, Noah then curses Ham “for what his youngest son had done to him” (v.24).  Canaan then migrates to the land that would bear his name, and his near descendants establish the infamous cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (13:7-13).

Genesis 19, of course, tells the story of God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone, first revealing that the final act of wickedness of Sodom was the attempt by all of the men of the city “both young and old, all the people from every quarter” (19:4) to rape the two men (angels) who had come to rescue Lot.  This incident is far more than an interesting Bible story.  Look at it in context.  It is the ONLY incident of its kind in the Bible!  And it follows very soon after the flood.  Note that God’s wrath had not been triggered by Canaan’s nephew Nimrod’s more direct rebellion at Babel (10:9-10, 11:1-9), but was triggered by the sin of Sodom: the complete degeneration of the society into sexual perversion.

Notice also that it was wrath by fire!  Following the flood, in Chapter 9 God made an everlasting promise never again to destroy the earth by water, and said “I set my bow in the cloud and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.”  Thereafter, fire was always the symbol and means of God’s wrath.  Indeed, Jude 1:7 reads “just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.”  The story of Sodom and Gomorrah IS the very example of the final judgment.  (See Revelation 20:10-15).  Or, as the Apostle Peter said “He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly” (2 Peter 2:6).

Did you also catch the spiritual significance of the rainbow in this context?  Why has the homosexual movement chosen the rainbow as its symbol?  I think they are deliberately flaunting their sin under God’s nose while holding up the reminder that He promised not to destroy the earth by flood again.  They are proclaiming “See, God, you can’t stop us!” which was the exact sentiment expressed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick when he signed the first “gay marriage“ policy in the nation into law: looking up at the sky he said something to the effect of “See,  nothing happened.”

The “gays” of course insist that Sodom was destroyed because of “inhospitality” not homosexuality, so they are completely blind to the deadly folly of flaunting “Gay Pride” under the rainbow banner.  As Isaiah put it “..they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not even conceal it.  Woe to them, for they have brought evil on themselves” (3:9).

(Interestingly, the rider of the ”white horse” of Revelation 6:2, assumed by Bible scholars to be the Antichrist on a campaign to deceive the world, has a “bow” in his hand, as he goes forth conquering.)

To the extent that Romans 1:18-32 can be viewed as prophecy (as well as instruction to the Roman believers of that day), homosexuality is given again as the sign of the end with its laundry list of evil attitudes and behaviors that define the “perilous times” of the final days.  The people are “given over to a depraved mind” as a final consequence of “suppressing the truth in unrighteousness” evidenced by the shameless exhibition of both male and female homosexuality (v.26-27).  God’s wrath is promised not just for the practice of those things by some, but because of the approval of them by society (v.32).

The prophetic significance of Romans 1 is enhanced by association with 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (the only other passage in scripture listing nearly identical examples of apostate conduct), which sets the “Last days” as the time in which these forms of behavior will abound.

I have made this point before, but it bears repeating.  Fifty years ago homosexuality was illegal throughout the entire world, except for Sweden which had decriminalized sodomy in 1938.  In the space of just half a century this tiny 1-3% of the population have made themselves a global political power with greater influence in the courtrooms and legislatures of the world than the Church of Jesus Christ.  This astonishing transformation surpasses that of Darwinism, Marxism, and even Islam in its speed and breadth of reach.  To my thinking, this can only have been accomplished by the god of this world (Satan, 2 Cor 4:4) who knows his time is short and is making his move.  What is more alarming is the shocking apathy of the church, which I take as a sign of the apostasy warned about by Jesus in Matt 24:12.  The “love of most” for the truth of God truly has grown cold.

Recently the State of New York legalized “gay marriage,” just in time for the “Gay Pride Parade” (that included many of NYC’s political elites), and for the first time, the United Nations officially declared homosexuality a “human right.”  I am finding triumphal emails in my in-box from homosexual activists, gloating over their latest victory.  In the past I would have found these irritating, but now they simply confirm my impression that the time is very short.  I believe it is the same triumphalism described in Revelation 11:7-10 upon the murder of God’s two witnesses:  “When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified…And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.”  Why is the great city (Jerusalem) mystically called Sodom in the final days?  I think because of the centrality of the spirit of sexual perversion in the Anti-Christ system.  What “torments” worldly people?  The simple truths of God.

As a final point, we are told in Ephesians 5:21-33 that the melding of a man and woman into one flesh through marriage is a mystery that explains the very relationship of Christ to his bride, the church.  Authentic marriage is thus central to the very order of creation and to prophecy.  Indeed, according to prophecy, the long age of humanity upon the earth culminates with the marriage feast of the Lamb following the great tribulation (Rev 19:5-9).  It is no wonder then that disrespect of marriage by society generally, and the emergence of the counterfeit “marriage” of homosexuals specifically, would define the era immediately preceding the end of the age.

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Report from Moscow

Re-Christianized Russia Now Defending Biblical Values :)

Friends,

I am writing to you from Moscow (Russia, not Idaho) where I am on a one-week mission to bolster the Russian pro-family movement.  At the moment I am in my 9th floor hotel room overlooking the Moskva River in the heart of Moscow (Moskva).  It is a rainy, grey morning but the city is fully alive and awake, the roads choked with traffic (as bad as New York or L.A.).  It’s a very expensive city, so I am eating my breakfast of items from the grocery store rather than going down to the restaurant.  (I made the mistake of ordering lunch at the hotel restaurant on my first day without asking the price.  It was $65).

I arrived on the 14th and have been very busy since I touched down. On the 15th and 16th I participated in the planning meeting for the World Congress of Families VIII, which will take place September 2014 here in Moscow.  There were representatives from several countries, all there to help the Russian planning group to ensure their conference is a success.  About half the group was from the U.S., but Mexico, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela and France were also represented.  We dealt with logistics on the 15th and then on the 16th we visited the conference facilities.

The Kremlin complex is like an ancient walled city

The grand opening of the conference will actually be held at the Kremlin, the most prestigious venue in the nation.  We got a special group tour of the Kremlin, which is a surprisingly large complex surrounded by a medieval-style wall interspersed with towers.  Inside the grounds are also several Orthodox cathedrals, including the Archangel Michael Cathedral which houses the remains of all the Czars from 1340 to 1730.

Archangel Michael

The second and third days of WCFVIII will take place at Christ the Savior Cathedral, a stone’s throw from the Kremlin.  It is a gorgeous facility, rebuilt just 20 years ago to replace the ancient cathedral that had been destroyed by the communists during the time of the Soviet Union.

Americans tend to still equate Russia with communism, without realizing that Russia was a deeply Christian country until the communists swept into power by force and then kept an iron grip on the people through brutality.  Just as the “progressive” movement has done in the U.S., the “progressives” of the Soviet system  used their control of media, education and other key institutions to brainwash the children with communist propaganda to win a majority of the population to Soviet ideology over time, but they never fully stamped out Christianity.  I have many Russian-speaking friends in the U.S. whose own family members were sent to gulags for being caught with a Bible, or participating in a prayer group.

Russia is today experiencing a Christian revival and is decidedly NOT communist.  Some 30,000 churches have been built in the last year, and the ones in Moscow are reportedly overflowing with worshippers on Sundays.  Most of the church is Orthodox, which is steeped in tradition, but at the same time relevant to the modern society.

Painting in the Newly Rebuilt Christ the Savior Cathedral

The Orthodox churches are stunningly beautiful, both inside and out.  The iconography that defines its style of worship is like an exquisitely detailed picture-book of the story of the Bible, laid out as a visual feast across the walls and pillars and domes of the interiors.  One’s language or level of education is largely irrelevant: you can “read” the Bible through the artwork.

Yesterday, the 17th, I did a walking tour of Red Square and visited St. Basil’s Cathedral, the famous one in all the American movies about Russia.  In the afternoon I met and did a television show with Archpriest Dimitri Smirnov, head of the Patriarch‘s Commission on the Family.  The Patriarch is the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, equivalent to the Pope of the Catholic Church.  Father Dimitri is his right-hand-man for family issues, and a warm and humble man.  We bonded instantly and had a wonderful time of fellowship.

Pastor Scott with Father Dimitri

Father Dimitri is very supportive of my Rainbow strategy for the Winter Olympics and thinks it has a chance of being implemented.

The Rainbow Belongs to God Strategy

Here is a link to my article about this  http://www.scottlively.net/2013/09/11/the-rainbow-belongs-to-god/

In short the “gays” want to embarrass the Russian government by “Rainbow-bombing” the Sochi Olympics in revenge for passing a law banning homosexual propaganda of children.  I proposed just such a law during my 50-city tour of the former Soviet Union in 2006-2007.  See my Letter to the Russian People from 2007  http://www.defendthefamily.com/pfrc/archives.php?id=5225300

(Our good friend and ally Brian Camenker infiltrated the Gay and Lesbian Journalists Conference in Boston this fall, and exposed the details of this “progressive” media-driven campaign against the Russians:  http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen2/13c/NLGJA_Conference/disrupt-russian-olympics.html  )

Even worse from a spiritual and global culture-war perspective, the “gays” hope to lay claim to exclusive global use of God’s rainbow as a symbol of homosexuality, and the Western media is poised to ensure that this “Rainbow=LGBT” branding is indelibly stamped in the minds of the entire world population.

I’m encouraging everyone to do whatever you can do to help thwart this evil plan, including efforts to encourage Christians to reclaim the rainbow in your sphere of influence.  Remember Ezekiel 1:28, and Rev 4:3.

Father Dimitri has also offered to help me find a publisher for the Russian version of The Pink Swastika. (If you have any leads on Russian publishers with a national distribution system please let me know) We have pledged to devote 50% of earnings from this book to promote the pro-family movement in Russia and the former Soviet countries. Given the Russian attitude about homosexuality, and the still-fresh memories of Nazism in the Russian population, this book has significant potential to further harden resolve against the homosexualization of Russia and the countries in its orbit.

For  The Pink Swastika in English, read and/or download chapters 1-3 of our new 5th Edition (in progress) at http://www.scottlively.net/the-pink-swastika-5th-edition/

Interestingly, Father Dimitri’s television facilities are at “Gorky Film Studios.” The Pink Swastika contains a quote from Maxim Gorky, himself, who said in 1934 “Eliminate the homosexual and fascism will disappear,” acknowledging the once well known but now-suppressed fact that homosexuality was the central unifying vice of the Nazi elite.

TV Interview at Gorky Film Studios

I haven’t yet received a reply from my Open Letter to President Putin http://www.scottlively.net/2013/08/30/an-open-letter-to-president-vladimir-putin/

You may also be interested in my short-follow-up piece on that theme here http://www.scottlively.net/2013/09/03/praise-for-putin/

How incredibly ironic it is that Russia is now our best hope for stopping the conquest of the world by the “progressives.”  On Father Dimitri’s television show I made the point that the Americans and the Soviets both won and both lost the Cold War.  The Americans broke the Soviet system through economic strategies and tactics.  But before they collapsed, the Soviets poisoned the United States with Cultural Marxism, promoting moral degeneracy and family breakdown through so-called “progressive“ ideology.  Today, post-Soviet Russia is re-emerging as a Christian nation, while the United States is becoming a “Gay Soviet Union.”  What a strange turn of events.

That’s all for now.  Please pray for me, as I pray for you.  God bless you!

Pastor Scott at St Basil's

 

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Lively to Run for Massachusetts Governor

September 30, 2013

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Contact Scott Lively 413-250-0984
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Lively to Run For Massachusetts Governor

Statement of Pastor Scott Lively:

After long contemplation and prayer I am convinced that I should run for Governor of Massachusetts. I will run as an independent.

The people of this state need a candidate who can clearly and unapologetically articulate Biblical values without fear or compromise. They need a candidate who will tell the simple truth that abortion is murder, and homosexuality is condemned by God (but that Jesus forgives and heals those who repent). That parents and not the state have authority over their children, because government is our servant and not our master. That socialism is slavery and humanism breeds corruption. But mostly they need a leader who will remind the people that Massachusetts was founded upon Jesus Christ and the Bible and that our future security and prosperity depend on restoring our trust in Him. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!” Psalm 33:12.

These are very dark days in Massachusetts and across America, and growing steadily darker. I believe it is time for Christians with a strong Biblical worldview to rise up and preach the whole truth of the Bible as widely and boldly as possible. Massachusetts is the bluest of the blue states: the first to adopt socialized medicine and “gay marriage,” the national model for promoting homosexuality to children in the public schools, and the most aggressive defender of child-killing through abortion. The Mass Republican Party is solidly controlled by moderate to liberal “progressives” and the Democrats are virtual communists. They both embrace and champion the culture of death. With these two liberal parties splitting the liberal vote, a true conservative independent could win the governorship.

I feel both called and well prepared to meet this challenge. I am a fifth-generation Bay-Stater, born and raised in the Village of Shelburne Falls, with roots in the region going back to the early 1600s. I am a former left-wing liberal, who has learned by hard experience the folly of those ways. I am a constitutional lawyer and internationally-recognized authority on family and human rights issues from a Christian perspective. I have run my own successful businesses and know how to keep a budget. I am a missionary pastor with a doctorate in theology who for the past five years has founded and run an inner-city mission serving the poor and disadvantaged — a mission that is a model of racial harmony and community service — without accepting a dime of government funding.

My personal life theme of “redemption theology” is clearly reflected in all of my endeavors, and exactly what Massachusetts needs to recover from four decades of decline under Godless socialism.

As a long-time favorite target of extreme “gay” and leftist slander I have skin thicker than a rhinoceros and cannot be intimidated or manipulated by critics or the media. As someone who voluntarily gave up a lucrative and growing law practice in preference for a non-materialistic missionary lifestyle, I cannot be corrupted by money or big-spending lobbyists. As a church and university lecturer and government consultant on family issues and human rights with service in more than 30 countries, I interact comfortably with leaders from widely diverse backgrounds and cultures, and can draw from a deep reservoir of personal experience for problem-solving. As an author of five books and veteran of more than 700 radio and television interviews, I know how to communicate effectively. As the founder and lead attorney of the Christian Mediation Center I know how to bring hostile opposing parties to a mutually agreeable compromise. These are all valuable skills that a chief executive must possess.

I am not a politician and will not become one to run for office. I will conduct no polling. I will not lie about my positions to earn votes I don’t deserve. I will plainly say what I believe and what I would do as governor. On the many issues on which I do not have a strong opinion I will say so, and yield to the views that seem most beneficial to the state. Where my views differ from the majority on issues that are most important to me I will try to win the voters to my reasoning rather than pander to the majority. I will not compromise my principles to win political office. I expect this approach will be appealing to a great many people.

In the next few days I will file my paperwork with the state and open a bank account. I will then begin raising money with which to campaign.

I expect to often be asked by reporters what I think my prospects are for winning this election.  To this I reply that it would take a miracle from God for Scott Lively to become Governor of Massachusetts — and I wouldn’t want it any other way.  God should get the glory for any good thing that comes from this campaign.  So don’t expect me to campaign like a politician.  I will do nothing more than travel the state to offer what I believe are Biblical solutions to Massachusetts’ problems — and leave the rest to Almighty God.

May He Heal this Commonwealth

Dr. Scott Lively

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A Legal Setback in the SMUG Case

Friends,

Today (23 September) Federal Judge Michael Ponsor denied my motion to allow me to appeal his denial of my Motion to Dismiss the outrageous SMUG lawsuit.  Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) has sued me for “Crimes Against Humanity” for preaching against homosexuality in Uganda.  (But it is not the Africans that are at fault in this travesty, the real scoundrels are a coalition of Cultural Marxists led by the Center for Constitutional Rights.)

I am being judged according to a European legal standard in my own federal court system for speech that is 100% protected in both America and Uganda.  The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) which allowed this abomination into our U.S. court system was recently stripped of its power to hold Americans accountable for their conduct in foreign countries by the United States Supreme Court in the Kiobel case.  Since then every case which had been filed under the ATS has been dismissed except for two. One which had unusual facts was not dismissed but the judge in that case certified it for immediate appeal on his own initiative.

The other is my case.  Today, Judge Ponsor denied my motion to appeal the part of his recent ruling (against my Motion to Dismiss) that dealt with the ATS.  I am thus the only defendant in America still being sued under the ATS.

This means we must now move down the long, unpleasant road toward trial.  This email is to provide some guidance to my friends and supporters on how to pray.

First, pray for God to guide Judge Ponsor as he makes future decisions in this case.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Ponsor  Judge Ponsor is a Bill Clinton appointee, with a self-admitted activist philosophy.  In a June 2, 2013 newspaper interview he said “At some point I realized that judges are the unappointed legislators of mankind.“ That is worrisome.  http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/06/judge_michael_ponsor_reveals_s.html. Pray for him to be fair and objective, and not swayed by liberal ideology or the lies of my persecutors.

Next pray that the Marxist activists that have conspired to bring this bogus litigation forward are thwarted.

Leading this group is Luke Ryan, SMUG’s local Northampton-based attorney and ACLU associate who appears to be the chief culprit AND WHO WAS JUDGE PONSORS LAW CLERK FROM 2005 TO 2007.  http://www.strhlaw.com/attorneys/luke-ryan/  You will notice in his profile he admits to being active in Arise for Social Justice, the local ACORN affiliate which has organized all of the street activism against me for the past several years http://ariseforsocialjustice.blogspot.com/2013/08/stop-hate-and-homophobia-coalition-in.html

And he was also active in the radical homosexual group OUT NOW of Springfield http://outnowyouth.org/who-we-are/ who have provided most of the bodies for the protests against me.

Pray especially for Holly Richardson of both Arise and Out Now, the self-described 44-year-old “butch” lesbian at the bottom right in the photo under the “Harm Reduction” category of the OUT NOW website.  She has been especially aggressive against me and against our church.

Lastly, pray for the George Soros Funded so-called “Center for Constitutional Rights,” http://ccrjustice.org/lgbtuganda   CCR is the “principality and power” behind the SMUG lawsuit and many far-left causes, a truly demonic organization, operating from the heart of New York City at 666 Broadway (no joke) http://ccrjustice.org/contacting-center-constitutional-rights.

Pray for all of these Marxist activists to be saved and delivered from their sin and error in rejecting the truth of God.  As they press forward to attack me, pray confusion into their camp and for all of their strategies and tactics to be turned against them.

Lastly, I ask you to pray for my attorneys at Liberty Counsel, especially lead counsel Horatio Mihet to be strengthened and given favor by God.  And to pray for Anne and I as we are forced to endure this continuing persecution.

This case has enormous implications for First Amendment rights here at home and abroad, for the supremacy of our Constitution over foreign law, for Christian values under international law, and for the future power of homosexual activists to crush anyone who stands in the way of their global agenda.

I am just a pawn in this international power-play, the one they want to make an example of to discourage all the Christians from speaking the truth of God.  This case is hugely important to the global socialist agenda and its most powerful players.  It will take a miracle to stop them, so please pray hard.

Pray for my victory and an enlargement of the scope and impact of my work for His Kingdom, but more than that: that God will be glorified in whatever results from this case.

Standing Strong in Christ,
Dr. Scott Lively

A couple of days ago the following was forwarded to me by email from a European prayer network:

Hi k its l from P here .after doing my bible  study I was woken up  and I had to tell you what has just happened. The  Lord I felt was shouting at me tell scott this Exodus5  1 –14 things got worse for the Egyptians before  better. this is Scott’s message the judge  in his case is like the pharaoh he was meant to release scott but hasn’t the  Lord will make him do so as He made pharaoh. as  M wrote in my bible  study There is only One who knows.all the answers to our woes He will all our  needs supply when in faith to Him i cry.
right back to bed now God bless and the retreat so  excited.
Best  wishes L

Exodus 5:1Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’ ”

2Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”

3Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.”

4But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!” 5Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.”

6That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: 7“You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. 8But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ 9Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”

10Then the slave drivers and the overseers went out and said to the people, “This is what Pharaoh says: ‘I will not give you any more straw. 11Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.’ ” 12So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw. 13The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, “Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw.” 14And Pharaoh’s slave drivers beat the Israelite overseers they had appointed, demanding, “Why haven’t you met your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?”

 

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The Homosexual Roots of Fascism

We have finally completed the beta version of Chapter 3 of the 5th Edition of The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party.  Even though we have nearly doubled the size of this chapter, with a great deal of new material interwoven into the existing text, this file is still small enough to download and send by email and I encourage you to do so.  Chapters 1 and 2 are available on the Pink Swastika page of this blog.

This is a work-in-progress.  Any help in proof-reading for typos and any other errors is welcomed.  Send comments by email to sdllaw@gmail.com.

The Pink Swastika Chapter 3 V 1.1 BETA

 

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A Teachable Moment About Media Bias

 A Teachable Moment About Media Bias

My Response to NBC’s Senior Writer Tony Dokoupil’s article
‘The rainbow belongs to God’: Anti-gay US pastor sets sights on Sochi Olympics.
(With hope, but not expectation, that corrections will be made.)

It would be helpful for the reader to first review the NBC story:

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/18/20546485-the-rainbow-belongs-to-god-anti-gay-us-pastor-sets-sights-on-sochi-olympics?lite

Now let me try to make lemonade out of these NBC lemons.

Like most of the liberal journalists I’ve spoken with, Tony Dokoupil seems to me like a pretty nice guy.  Very personable.  Capable of objectivity.  Fair-minded.  They all seem to truly understand my reasoning as I explain myself, even while its clear they disagree with my views.

I always come away from these interviews thinking ‘this guy (or gal) seems like he (or she) might actually tell the real story straightforwardly, without leftist spin.’  Then I read the articles and get my rude awakening — like a woman waking up in the battered women‘s shelter again after being sweet-talked into yet another abusive relationship.

Take this line from Tony’s story:

“Lively has reason to be a bit cocky. America may have ‘fallen to the gays,’ he says, but much of the world still fears them and Lively is working to keep it that way.”

This isn’t journalism.  It is leftist political spin.  Tony has every right to believe it, but this opinion belongs on the editorial page, not in a news story.  I have never and would never speak like this, and I just don’t think that way.

That sentence is not objective journalistic analysis.  It is the subjective perspective of “gay” victimology, a fantasy world where “homophobia” is accepted as a legitimate scientific term rather than (what it is, in fact) a manipulative rhetorical weapon designed to frame ALL disagreement with the homosexual political agenda as an anxiety disorder.

My major beef with Tony and all of the “progressive” journalists who dominate the mainstream media is that their “news” stories always reflect the “gay” perspective of what is still a two-sided argument.

For example.  This is what I wrote to Tony in our email exchange:

“btw, here’s a bombshell that dropped today and supports two of my most central assertions. 1. That most “gay” hate crimes are perpetrated by “gays” themselves. 2. That the underlying narrative driving all “gay” propaganda and policy initiatives is “all disapproval of homosexuality leads inevitably to hatred, violence and murder against homosexuals,” and therefore the “gay” movement and its allies spins every “gay”-related news story and routinely fabricate evidence — even faking stand-alone hate crimes — to “prove” the narrative. You will recall that I (ironically) invoked Matthew Shepard as an example of what even I assumed was a true story to show how determined the “gay” movement is to prove their narrative. Now we know that even the central supporting pillar of their “disapproval = death” argument is a lie.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/14/The-Matthew-Shepard-Story-is-a-Lie

Importantly, this huge, eminently relevant Matthew Shepard story broke AFTER I had stressed to Tony that these two observations are foundational to my thinking and constitute my key rebuttal to false claims that I incite hatred and violence against homosexuals.

However, this is what Tony wrote in his article:

“where Lively’s message goes, violence seems to follow.  In Oregon in 1992, a same-sex couple died when their house was firebombed during OCA’s campaign to declare homosexuality “abnormal, wrong, unnatural, and perverse.” In Sacramento in 2007, a gay man was called a “faggot” and punched to death by a stranger in a park. In Uganda in 2011, the country’s first openly gay man had his skull caved in. And right now in Russia and in the former Soviet states, there’s been a surge in homophobic vigilantism, including a torrent of shaming videos, some depicting gay teens being tortured by skinheads. Lively has not been linked to any of these crimes but we asked: Couldn’t his talk of predatory gays, “good and evil,” and “war” have played a role? “

What a perfect opportunity for Tony to have done his journalistic duty and shown Scott Lively’s perspective of the matter.  Instead, he perpetuated the “gay” victim narrative, chapter and verse as if we had never spoken of it.

Not only did Tony fail to give voice to my side of the argument, he got his facts wrong to boot.  The “gays” killed in the 1991 or 92 Oregon firebombing were unintended targets of racists trying to kill the Black family who lived upstairs.  The Sacramento incident ended with a mistrial after the jury could not agree that it was even a hate crime.  The Ugandan victim David Kato was killed not by a deranged “homophobe” but a male prostitute whom he had bailed out of jail to be his live-in lover and house boy.  The killer confessed and is now serving 30 years in a Ugandan prison.  And the Russian incident appears to me to be another case of gay on gay crime, but even if it isn’t, it’s just random crime completely unrelated to and unjustified by the new Russian law.

Importantly, I specifically provided Tony the facts about the Sacramento and Uganda incidents, so there can be no other explanation for this paragraph except that it is intended to bolster the “disapproval = death” narrative, and to misrepresent my history as proof of it‘s validity.

There are more false facts in the article:

“In Moldova in 2011, according to Human Rights Watch, he helped several cities declare themselves ‘gay-free zones‘.”   Not true, and not fact checked with me.

“Lively — who calls himself the ‘father’ of Uganda’s anti-gay movement…”   Not true, and not fact-checked with me.  This is a label given to me by Al Gore’s Current TV.

Lastly, Tony wrote:

“To whip up support for such policies, Lively simply shares his beliefs about gay people: They’re dangerous predators, even killers.”

What I actually said to Tony was this:  “We don’t attack unrepentant sinners to try to ‘save the world.’ We attack the sin of the world to try to save the sinners.”

The simple inclusion of that quotable quote would have gone a long way toward balancing this NBC story and toward explaining my motivation and goals, but I guess that’s probably why it was omitted.

In the end, what I hope to have achieved in this “teachable moment,” is not harm to Tony (I’ve already forgiven him) but to show through my own painful experience at his hands that the first loyalty of progressive journalists is to their ideology, not to truth. No matter how nice they seem, you can’t trust them when their sacred cow of homosexuality is at issue.

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A Note to the Australians

Along with my congratulations for your election victory I want to remind the Australians of the international pro-family movement’s greatest weakness: conservatism.

Even now, while Christians and other pro-family people in your nation are breathing great sighs of relief and turning back to the normal cares and responsibilities of life, the homosexuals and their “progressive” allies are in their war rooms determining their next battle strategies. Like the indestructible robot from the future in the movie, The Terminator, they never, ever, ever, ever give up.

For the spiritually-minded, the better analogy is drawn from the Biblical story of Sodom in Genesis 19, where the homosexual men of that city would not be deterred from their efforts to rape Lot’s rescuers, even after they were struck blind while clawing at the front door.

Whether or not you believe it is demonically inspired, what defines the “gay” movement is an implacable militancy intent on conquest and control.

In the United States this is exemplified by the situation of the Boy Scouts of America. Despite winning a major landmark U.S. Supreme Court case in the year 2000 recognizing its constitutional right to discriminate against homosexuality (what to any other group would have been perceived as an unbreachable defense), the “gays” simply redoubled their attacks like the Romans besieging Masada. After 13 years of continuous and increasing pressure the Boy Scouts finally surrendered to the “gays” earlier this year.

In contrast to this fanatical zeal of the “gay” activists, pro-family conservatives are just normal people who desire to “conserve” the status quo against changes they perceive as negative and harmful.

Conservatives react and respond to the homosexual/progressive initiatives, but in between the battles they go home, thinking their jobs are done. They draw lines in the sand which they staunchly defend — until they lose that ground to the offensive campaign of the left, at which point they draw a new line in the sand. Indeed, the entire history of our movement since the 1950s can be viewed as a long, slow, incremental retreat.

For Australians to prevent the homosexualization of your country, you must stop approaching this problem as conservatives, and start thinking and acting pro-actively. You must turn from a defensive to an offensive strategy, setting new goals for your public policy and culture that are MORE family-friendly, and MORE values centered than what you currently enjoy. The new Russian law prohibiting homosexual propaganda to children can be an inspiration, but there are innumerable ways that creative pro-family strategists could move the ball forward toward our goal of a genuinely family-friendly society.

Lastly, I want to remind you that a team that only plays defense may be very successful at blocking the other side’s goals, but it can’t block every goal forever. More importantly, it never win the game.

Blessings,
Dr. Scott Lively
President, Defend the Family International
www.defendthefamily.com

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