Scott Lively: Ugandan anti-gay bill a ‘nuclear bomb’ against gays
[The video is below.]
Andrew Sullivan writes:
Well, here’s a video of Lively’s talk in Uganda that reveals what he says when he doesn’t think he’s being watched by Americans. He likens gays to mass killers, as the kind of people who would create a holocaust, as terrible dangers to civilization. This is the core of the Christianist message and the Christianist message is now the core of the GOP. At some point, you have to take these people’s words seriously.
I agree. Earlier this week I wrote of Scott Lively and his evangelical colleagues:
At a certain point, when you see people playing with enough fire you have to wonder if they really don’t know its potential to burn. You begin to question whether or not maybe they’re aware that it will spread into a conflagration. You begin to think that maybe they are aware, that maybe their intention goes beyond what they claim – only they haven’t thought through the repercussions all the way. The long-term ramifications of their words and actions are uglier than they had at first imagined. The abstractions, when they solidify, becoming a little too grim.
Certainly the path toward stripping away basic human rights is the same road that leads to executions and imprisonment. The same hand that strips us of our dignity and liberty can as easily strip us of our lives.
I’m not sure I went far enough though. It strikes me that maybe they have thought through the long-term ramifications – that if people like Lively imagine gays to be “mass killers” or the “kind of people who would create a holocaust” then maybe they did realize their incitement of homophobia in Africa would have this sort of backlash. They’d never admit it, but I wonder if this sort of horrifying legislation was exactly what they did have in mind to begin with. We can’t see into their hearts, of course, so there’s no way to tell.