On February 26, 2013, Boston Magazine published a lengthy article on “The Crusader: Anti-Gay Pastor Scott Lively Explores Run for Governor,” following Lively’s November 2012 announcement that he was considering a bid for Massachusetts governor. Who is Scott Lively?
Lively currently faces a lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), for the persecution of LGBTQ persons in Uganda. In early 2009, along with other prominent antigay activists, such as Don Schmierer of Exodus International, an ex-gay organization, and Caleb Lee Brundidge of Extreme Prophetic Ministries, Lively presented at an anti-homosexuality conference in Uganda. Given the already tense relations in the country over issues of homosexuality, the event helped to ignite outbursts of violence and discrimination against individuals accused of being gay, including the 2009 introduction of the Anti-Homosexuality or “Kill the Gays” Bill introducing the death penalty for homosexual acts (which has now been resurrected). Lively says he is known as the “Father of the Ugandan Pro-Family Movement.”
Lively has assisted in founding organizations in the U.S. and abroad dedicated to furthering his extreme antigay agenda. Lively is founder and president of Abiding Truth Ministries, which maintains the website Defend the Family; founder of ATM’s Pro-Family Law Center; and former state director of the American Family Association of CA. The Pro Family Charitable Trust, which donates money to antigay organizations, is another ATM offshoot. Lively has also been a cofounder and American envoy for the virulently antigay Eastern European hate group Watchmen on the Walls. He resides and runs a Christian coffee house in Springfield, MA.
In October 2012, leading up to his gubernatorial announcement, Lively launched the King Josiah Project, “to begin challenging movements and ideologies in Massachusetts which he perceives as being most responsible for the moral and economic degeneration of Springfield and the state. These include in order of destructiveness: The abortion industry, the homosexual movement, the public education system, corrupt elements in state government, and a broken social welfare system that breeds dependency instead of rebuilding lives.” Read More