- September 18, 2013
Post submitted by Limor Finkel, Former HRC Global Engagement Program Coordinator
Scott Lively, the American “pastor” who has dedicated his life to promoting a hateful agenda against LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world, is at it again. Even as he faces an unprecedented trial for international crimes against humanity, Lively has recently taken credit for inspiring the string of anti-LGBT laws in Russia.
In a blog post dated earlier this summer, Lively traces the roots of these heinous laws to his nationwide tour of Russia from 2006 – 2007, where he claims to have recommended the “necessary step of criminalizing homosexual propaganda to protect society.” He later went on to call the new proposed Russian legislation that would make sexual orientation a sufficient enough basis for denying parental custody an “inspiration.”
Last month, Lively failed in his attempt to dismiss the lawsuit against him for crimes against humanity. The lawsuit - the first of its kind - charges Lively with contributing to the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” bill that makes homosexuality a crime punishable by death. This deplorable bill has made LGBT Ugandans live in fear for their lives, simply for being who they are.
As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi approaches, Lively is touting his hateful agenda while thousands of LGBT Russians and their families are increasingly targeted by violence and enmity. To take action to protect LGBT Russians, their families, and visitors to that country during the Olympics, tell the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to speak out against the human rights abuses occurring throughout the Russian Federation.
For more information on HRC’s work in Russia, visit www.hrc.org/Russia.