Scott Lively, when it comes to leaders of certified anti-gay hate groups, is one of the more pernicious, having extended his reach around the world. Lively is the founder ofÂ Abiding Truth Ministries, and is strongly tied to Uganda’s “Kill The Gays” bill — but that’s just for starters. Lively is alsoÂ currently being sued in U.S. federal court,Â accused ofÂ violating international law by inciting the persecution of gays.
Our friends at GLAAD note that Scott Lively has “called forÂ the criminalization of ‘the public advocacy of homosexuality’,” “is directlyÂ linked to anti-gay legislation in Uganda, which makes simply being gay punishable by death,” and “said: ‘The gay movement is an evil institution thatâ€™s goal is to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity in which thereâ€™s no restrictions on sexual conduct except the principle of mutual choice’.”
Earlier this year,Â Lively was an invited speaker at a Tea Party rally in Boston, during which he called gays â€œanarchistsâ€ who use â€œfascist tacticsâ€ to â€œprevent you from being able to have civilization.â€
Abiding Truth MinistriesÂ serves mainly as a launching pad for an international anti-gay campaign. Its founder, Scott Lively, is also responsible for a book, widely cited by gay-bashers, accusing homosexuals of running the Nazi Party.
Lively first emerged as an anti-gay activist when he became communications director for the Oregon Citizens Alliance, which was backing that stateâ€™s notorious Measure 9 vote in 1992. The measure, which failed, would have added language to the state constitution listing homosexuality, along with pedophilia and masochism, as â€œabnormal behavior.â€ Lively later served as California director of the American Family Association, another particularly hard-line anti-gay group (see below).
Lively is best known for co-authoring, with Kevin Abrams,Â The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party. The book makes a series of claims that virtually no serious historian agrees with: that Hitler was gay, that â€œthe Nazi Party was entirely controlled by militaristic homosexuals,â€ and that gays were especially selected for the SS because of their innate brutality. TheÂ claims are entirely false; in fact, the Nazis murdered significant numbers of gays and made homosexuality a death penalty offense in 1942. In the foreword, Abrams adds that homosexuality is â€œprimarily a predatory addiction striving to take the weak and unsuspecting down with it. â€¦ They have no idea of how to act in the best interests of their countryâ€¦ . Their intention is to serve none but themselves.â€
Lively has taken his message abroad to Eastern Europe (see Watchmen on the Walls, below), Africa and Russia. In a 2007 open letter to the Russian people, he asserted that â€œhomosexuality is a personality disorder that involves various, often dangerous sexual addictions and aggressive, anti-social impulses.â€ In 2009, he went to Uganda to speak at a major conference on the evils of homosexuality, saying, among other things: â€œThe gay movement is an evil institution. The goal of the gay movement is to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity.â€ He also met with Ugandan lawmakers. A month after Lively left the country, a bill was introduced that called for the death penalty for certain homosexual acts and prison for those who fail to disclose gaysâ€™ identities.
The SPLC explains their decision to include an organization on it’s active anti-gay hate groups list:
â€œViewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups.â€ Instead,… â€œthe SPLCâ€™s listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods â€” claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities â€” and repeated, groundless name-calling.â€
The SPLC also recently took on World Net Daily, home to Scott Lively (read all the way to the end):
WorldNetDaily (WND) describes itself as â€œan independent news company dedicated to uncompromising journalism, seeking truth and justice and revitalizing the role of the free press as a guardian of liberty.â€ The online newspaper, which this year celebrated its 15th year in operation, is one of the â€œvery few sourcesâ€ martial artist and action film hero Chuck Norris (who happens to be a columnist) trusts for news and an operation that megachurch pastor Greg Laurie (also a columnist) says does â€œa service to God and Country.â€
WND is the brainchild of Joseph Farah, a self-described â€œradicalâ€ and longtime antigovernment propagandist and apologist for the Confederacy who believes â€œcultural Marxistsâ€ are plotting â€œto transform our political system, to change the way we think, to attack our values, to demean our faith in God, to reduce that shining city on the hill to the status of a drab public-housing project.â€
Together with a coterie of antigovernment â€œPatriots,â€ anti-gay activists, white nationalists, Muslim-bashers, conspiracy theorists, end-times prophets and ultraconservative hardliners, Farah â€” who did not respond to requests to be interviewed for this article â€” has built WND into a modest media empire including a book imprint, an online subscription-only â€œintelligence resource,â€ and a glossy, full-color monthly magazine. At press time, Alexa, which ranks websites, said WND was the 1,832nd most popular website in the world and the 423rd in the U.S. â€” just above the site for Nickelodeon and a few notches below Victoriaâ€™s Secret.
WNDâ€™s point of view is best described as a cross between the now-defunct supermarket tabloidWeekly World News, which was famous for reporting on Elvis sightings, and The New American, a monthly magazine published by the far-right, conspiracist John Birch Society. In its 15 years online, it has introduced readers to a smorgasbord of bizarre ideas, specializing in anti-gay, anti-Muslim, and anti-liberal propaganda; antigovernment conspiracy theories; and end-times prophecy.
It featured a six-part series claiming (falsely) that soybean consumption causes homosexuality and promoted Scott Livelyâ€™s vile opus The Pink Swastika, which says that gays were behind the Holocaust. It has identified the first â€œleftistâ€ as Satan, and declared that Muslims have a â€œ20-point plan for conquering the United States by 2020.â€ It has warned of secret plans to create a North American Union, advised readers to invest all their assets in gold, and promoted myriad, if conflicting, theories about when and how the world will end.
And why mention all this?
Scott Lively’s op-ed at World Net Daily yesterday: “The Strange, Strange Story of ‘Gay Fascism’ Deniers“:
There has been an article floating around the Internet for a long time by a self-described â€œgay left-wing manâ€ named Johann Hari, a columnist for the London Independent. The article is titled â€œThe Strange, Strange Story of the Gay Fascists,â€ andÂ you can read it for yourself at the vehemently pro-â€gayâ€ Huffington Post website.Â It contains the remarkably forthright admission that homosexuality and fascism have always gone hand in hand. Hari writes:
â€œThe twisted truth is that gay men have been at the heart of every major fascist movement that ever was â€“ including the gay-gassing, homocidal Third Reich. With the exception of Jean-Marie Le Pen, all the most high-profile fascists in Europe in the past 30 years have been gay. Itâ€™s time to admit something. Fascism isnâ€™t something that happens out there, a nasty habit acquired by the straight boys. It is â€“ in part, at least â€“ a gay thing, and itâ€™s time for non-fascist gay people to wake up and face the marching music.â€
Yes, in Scott Lively’s world, anything you read at the Huffington Post is true.
Scott Lively runs an anti-gay hate group. That’s what you need to know.
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‘Thinly-Veiled Incitement to Violence and Overt Racism’: Trump’s Truth Social Post Sparks Outrage
Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” but on Friday night took his social media approach to his Truth Social website.
Trump accused Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of having a “death wish” after a government shutdown was averted.
“Must immediately seek help and advise (sic) from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!” he said of Elaine Chao, who served in his cabinet for four years as Secretary of Transportation.
Trump’s post generated outrage online.
“Nothing to see here,” conservative lawyer George Conway tweeted. “Just a former president of the United States seeking to incite violence against the minority leader of the United States Senate and launching a racist verbal attack on the leader’s wife.”
Former federal prosecutor Shanlon Wu wrote, “Donald Trump using blatant racist tactics in his desperate attacks on McConnell by trying to ridicule Asian American former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s name calling her ‘Coco Chow’ — [McConnell] and [GOP] should call him out and reject his racist hate — will they do it?”
“Hardly shocking that Trump would threaten Mitch McConnell by capitalizing the words ‘death wish’ — dog whistle invitation to Trump’s extremist supporters — same Trump who believed his own VP Pence deserved to be lynched by the angry Jan. 6 mob Trump incited to violence,” Wu added.
Janai Nelson, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, wrote, “I double dare all major media outlets to call this what it is: thinly-veiled incitement to violence and overt racism.”
Podcaster Fred Wellman said, “Elaine Chao was Trump’s Secretary of Transportation for 4 years and he just called her the ridiculously racist nickname ‘Coco Chow.’ Yes…you are a racist if you still support this broken *sshole.”
Jonah Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, wrote, “Look, I think the gross bigotry, stupidity, dishonesty, and demagoguery of this is obvious on so many levels and I’m embarrassed for the country. But, because no one else will, I feel I have to point out he also misspelled advice.”
Republicans suggest defunding Veteran Affairs even though it helps 9 million vets
Republican legislators are starting to suggest defunding the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the office founded in 1989 to assist with veteran needs. The VA assists with getting veterans mental and physical healthcare, educational opportunities, community support, and other everyday housing and living needs.
An Arizona legislator, captured on video participating in a mock congressional hearing, said he supported shutting down the department.
“That’s sort of what I’m thinking because … I hear no good stories. I had zero in my district,” the legislator said in a video posted by the far-right watchdog group Patriot Takes. “So I guess it’s a matter of us leading the fight to defund it.”
Republicans held an offsite, mock Congressional hearing where they plotted to defund and shutdown the VA.
Healthcare for veterans is on the midterms ballot. pic.twitter.com/PAKFCQZk7Y
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) September 30, 2022
A second video, posted by the same account, showed Republican Florida Representative Matt Gaetz advocating for defunding the VA while speaking at an event held by FreedomWorks, a conservative and libertarian advocacy group.
“This is my question to the group. Is it savable? Why not abolish the VA, take all of the money that we are otherwise spending and go to an any willing provider system inside of our communities?” Gaetz says in the video. “And then, if people get bad care, they can vote with their feet and you don’t have a two-tier system of healthcare in this country with our veterans and then with everyone else.”
Generally speaking, Republican policies favor the privatization of all government functions, thinking that a “small government,” “free-market,” “for-profit” privatization provided by a corporation can solve any market ill.
In reality, if entire communities are deprived of VA access, U.S. military veterans will be left largely on their own to get their life needs met after militaries service. Those who lack money or transportation won’t be able to “vote with their feet” and find a local care provider to handle their specific issues… they’ll either have to spend massive amounts to get such essential care or just go without.
Republican leaders are now floating abolishing the VA and stealing veterans’ health care. And if you think that’s unlikely remember that 84% of republicans in Congress voted against veterans’ cancer care this year. https://t.co/BV1msdniP5
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@BillPascrell) September 30, 2022
In late July, 41 Senate Republicans voted against a bill aimed at protecting veterans exposed to toxic materials during their military service. The legislation would have expanded care to 3.5 million veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. It would have also added 23 toxic and burn pit exposure-related illnesses to the VA database, Newsweek reported.
After massive blowback, Senate Republicans re-voted on the bill and helped it pass.
Patriot Takes posted the video hoping that it would encourage veterans and military members to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections.
Red states are lining up to stop Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan
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The Biden administration based its plan on a 2003 law. According to the Justice Department, the law, initially meant to help military members, says that Biden can reduce or erase student loan debts during times of national emergency.
The red states’ lawsuit, filed Thursday in Missouri, said that Biden’s plan was “not remotely tailored to address the effects of the pandemic on federal student loan borrowers.” The lawsuit adds that, since Biden recently declared the COVID-19 pandemic as over, he can’t use it as a justification for his wide-scale debt relief plan, ABC News reported.
“It’s patently unfair to saddle hard-working Americans with the loan debt of those who chose to go to college,” Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said of her state’s lawsuit. “The Department of Education is required, under the law, to collect the balance due on loans. And President Biden does not have the authority to override that.”
The states argued that Biden’s plan inflicted a “number of ongoing financial harms” to student loan providers and also “will ultimately disrupt revenue to state coffers.” They also argued that Biden’s plan violates the Administrative Procedure Act, a law regulating how federal agencies ensure that presidential policies are well-reasoned and explained, the aforementioned publication reported.
Despite these claims, the White House has said it will continue with its plan, confident it can survive a court challenge.
“Republican officials from these six states are standing with special interests, and fighting to stop relief for borrowers buried under mountains of debt,” White House spokesman Abdullah Hasan said Thursday. “The president and his administration are lawfully giving working and middle class families breathing room as they recover from the pandemic and prepare to resume loan payments in January.”
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