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Since Uganda's anti-gay law was signedrecently, it's been amusing (and maddening) to watch various religious right characters scurry for cover.  When nobody was watching, the holier-than-thou set have been visiting Uganda preaching their extreme anti-gay views.  Now that people are appalled at Uganda's life-in-prison-for-homosexuals law, the "evangelical" right-wing preachers are laying low or rewriting history.

The craziest and most complicit in the Ugandan outrage is Scott Lively, a generally-ignored preacher who is a mixture of conspiracy theorist and medicine show huckster.  Unfortunately, this sort of message has traction in Uganda and some other parts of the world.  This is the guy who thinks the conspiracy behind the Nazis is all about homosexuals.  Yikes, how did this guy get so far?

There are plenty of other people who seem slightly less-crazy but have been able to push a strong anti-gay message and/or legislation around the world.  It was a depressing lot of research for this week's cartoon, but don't worry, I'll wade through all the muck so you can just watch cartoons.  Enjoy, comment and share!

[stilted voice of god/preacher]

In the Year of Our Lord, twenty-fourteen, came, the "Great Salvation of the Homophobes."

Yea, though over many years, they have spread the Good News of Homophobia, today, the Religious Right's greatest gift, is denial.

Now that their most homophobic offspring has been signed into law in Uganda, these men of God must presently seek a different path.

Behold!  The Miracle of Denial!

Good Reverend Rick Warren has always been a kind-hearted moderate and never told anti-gay Ugandans that "homosexuality is . . . not a human right."

Most holy Pastor Scott Lively was shocked, shocked that Uganda would pass a law calling for life imprisonment for homosexuals . . . particularly after his scholarly visits speaking to priests, parliamentarians and the powerful--  explaining the evil Gay Agenda.

And, "The Family," a Godly and secretive association, had only the purest intentions when a globe-trotting Senator visited Africa one-hundred-and-eight times, attending prayer breakfasts with the legislation's author . . . and inviting him back to the United States three times.

Forget not, the work of Reverend Lou Engle and Richard Cohen, who through the miracle of post-legislative conversion, can now hardly find Uganda on a map.

And remember, for all eternity, the Good News of Homophobia spread by the most devout Family Research Council and the American Family Association.

May the Miracle of Denial keep the Religious Right pure as they spread the Good News of Homophobia to Uganda, Nigeria, Russia, Latvia, and wherever hatred finds a home.

Now go, witness the Salvation of the Homophobes, as they bathe in the healing waters, of denial.

Originally posted to Comics on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 06:50 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  it's the new Missionary Style (12+ / 0-)

    19th Century it was the Victorians. They did a lot of harm but did some good.

    Now it's conservative American Evangelicals. They're not doing any good.

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. uid 52583 lol

    by terrypinder on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 07:06:31 AM PDT

    •  It's their Hipocritic Oath: (5+ / 0-)

      First, do no good!

      With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

      by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 07:10:01 AM PDT

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    •  Oscar Wilde might beg to differ about (4+ / 0-)

      back in the day, but you're spot on about 2014: that creep Lively is downright dangerous. He's holed up in a gay-friendly city (Spfld) where his "church" enjoys tax-exemption status, and running for gov. while mid-trial for crimes against humanity. He'll never be my gov., doesn't stand a chance, but he's likely to skate in court on his 1st amendment rights.

      I hope Uganda tries again, and wouldn't it be fine to see the sea of saner Xians, "representatives," Americans finally scream loud enough to kill this bogus culture war that grants influence to people like him.

      •  i hope the ads against Lively (0+ / 0-)

        are merciless and brutal and everyone knows how horrible he is.

        Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. uid 52583 lol

        by terrypinder on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:54:12 AM PDT

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        •  In 1991, Lively assaulted Catherine Stauffer, (0+ / 0-)

          throwing her against a wall and dragging her across the floor of a Portland church, at an Oregon Citizens Alliance (OCA) event she had been trying to film.  

          Stauffer received a judgement of over $31,000 against Lively and the OCA in 1992.

          He may be an attorney but that doesn't seem to help him much.  

          I for one, don't think old people without car elevators need companionship. They need to be isolated and studied to determine what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use. - Mitt Romney

          by luerwulf on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 07:59:26 PM PDT

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    •  the Source of Denial is in Uganda (n/t) (0+ / 0-)

      there is only one reality, republicans just forget at times

      by Bloke on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:31:21 AM PDT

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    •  Then again, (0+ / 0-)

      some of the best erotica came out of the Victorian Era (see The Pearl) so they weren't all that bad.

      If they spent less time worrying about other people's sex lives and more time improving their own, they (and their wives and/or mistresses) would be way better off.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:47:03 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks for doing the research on this (2+ / 0-)
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    so we don't have to!

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 07:13:02 AM PDT

  •  Lively has a lively history (4+ / 0-)
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    forming several hate groups and is now being sued for "crimes against humanity," quite the accomplishment for this slimy little weasel.

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 07:17:15 AM PDT

    •  He certainly does (4+ / 0-)
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      He was very active in Oregon when the Oregon Citizens Alliance was riding high and putting anti-gay initiatives on the ballot.  Most of them failed, but the constitutional ban on gay marriage passed.  We should be able to correct that horror this year.

      He also assaulted a woman who was filming at a meeting, was sued, lost the suit, and did not pay her until she pursued him for several years.  She did collect eventually and he left Oregon to do more damage.  His cohorts in the OCA, Lon Mabon and Bill Sizemore both ended up in jail for financial shenanigans.  

    •  He wants to be governor of MA. (2+ / 0-)
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      Seriously, Scott Lively is running for governor of Massachusetts as an independent, and hilariously enough he was invited to a debate on LGBT issues organized by MassEquality.

      •  Back from setting up hate groups in Latvia? (0+ / 0-)

        Maybe he and Scott Brown can share bromance stories of hanging with the kings and queens.

        (Read into that how you want.)

        And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

        by Pale Jenova on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 08:32:46 AM PDT

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      •  It's a good thing that Lively was invited to that (1+ / 0-)
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        debate. We can all watch gleefully as the LGBT folks publicly and mercilessly trash him! Can't believe he has the gall to run for governor of MA. He would stand a much better chance in AZ, KS, or FL than in an eastern state.

        •  Exactly. Good thing he is part of it. (1+ / 0-)
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          Everyone will see just who he is, and he would be lucky to break 1-2% support. On a side note it is hilarious that an advocate of jailing gays for life (if not killing them) is running for governor of one of the most LGBT-friendly states.

  •  Africans who accomodate these interlopers (3+ / 0-)
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    benefit financially and in a place where starvation's never far off, it's no wonder they accept such exploitation.  

    Lively in particular used populist methods, claiming to the poor Ugandans that rich European gay men were coming there to 'recruit" boys and the Ugandans were as one might expect outraged.  

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Kangaroo on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 07:20:30 AM PDT

  •  One group may not be running. (2+ / 0-)
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    Austin Ruse, President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, called for me to be shot (since I am liberal at a modern university).  
    While filling in at American Family Radio this week, Mr. Ruse said “the hard left, human-hating people that run modern universities, who should all be taken out and shot.”
    Right Wing Watch & Mr. Ruse
    I think Mr. Ruse – who may be the whole organization for all I know, was a big advocate for the anti-gay laws in Uganda.  With rhetoric like this, I could imagine him stoking the fires to burn homosexuals at the stake, and then roasting hotdogs on the embers.    

    I'll put on my glasses.... and tell you how sweet your ass is. (w/ apologies to Señor Bega)

    by mHainds on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 07:24:53 AM PDT

  •  Here's the question(s): (3+ / 0-)
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    If the Ugandan's had passed a less draconian law oppressing the homosexual community and denying the community equal rights, would the evangelicals and fundamentalists in the  U.S. have stood up publicly and cheeried their part in encouraging the law's passage?  Is their support for oppression and denial of equal rights just a matter of degree?  These are the same people who wholeheartedly support capital punishment as well as social stigmatization of those who disagree with their beliefs, so why aren't they anxious to take credit for their part in the decision of Uganda's government to enshrine their beliefs into civil law?

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 07:28:59 AM PDT

    •  Considering how many of them (2+ / 0-)
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      have been praising Russia for their anti-gay regulations, I'd say the answer to your rhetorical question is affirmative. It's just the fact that people might actually die from their hatred that makes them queasy...they didn't expect anyone to take them seriously when they talked about Leviticus and the Biblical punishment system, after all...

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:51:06 AM PDT

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  •  There's only one way to prove they don't hate gays (3+ / 0-)
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    Own up to this. They went over there, did this, and when the rest of the civilized world found out, they ran like little bitches. They want to make amends with the gay community, this issue has to be on the table for discussion. Including their role in it. If Rick Warren helped write this thing, he needs to own it. If they truly disagree with what Lively did, they will aid in his prosecution.

    Of course they won't do any of these things. Because they truly do hate gays. This is the abusive parent who, when confronted for years of mistreatment, refuses to talk about the issue but still wants to "move on". Sorry. Doesn't work that way. You want to move past this? Then you need to take responsibility for what you've done. That means sitting there and getting yelled at.

    You went over to a foreign county, wrote a law designed to KILL people, and now you want us to just say "Oh, it happened, no hard feelings. You have your views and we have ours". Sorry, no. We didn't spread lies about you trying to molest children. We didn't go to some third world country and try to turn it into some ideological purity experiment by killing off anyone who is like you. You did that to us.  

    This is my biggest fear about the world after gay marriage is accepted. We'll just "move on" from all the damage these religious groups caused over the years and no one will be held accountable. Like Bush after leaving office, we aren't allowed to talk about all the crimes he committed and how our side just sort of let him go for the sake of unity. Or when Glenn Beck went off the air. All those kooks he riled up and lies he spread. The lives he ruined. We just have to sit back and be glad it's over.

    That's not how I feel. I want some sort of accountability for these people. And not just the ones who wrote this thing either. These people spent the better part of three decades bullying and making life hell for gay people. Exploiting a horrible plague and blaming them for whatever horrible thing they could. Children are dead because of the hostile society these people created. Lives are ruined. There has to be some sort of justice for that. I'm not ready to make nice.

    •  I definitely see your point, blueoasis. I find it (0+ / 0-)

      so unconscionable that Bush/Cheney/Rummy/Wolfowitz and Rice were completely let off the hook for their blatant war crimes. And that policy will continue. We do not punish our public criminals in "high" places. Wall St is another perfect example of this. And so it goes with the LGBT community. There has been so much hatred and bigotry toward them that it is truly disgusting. As long as we blithely allow these felonies to go unnoticed, very little will change in American politics, and that is criminal in and of itself.

  •  Scott Lively (0+ / 0-)

    In the late 1980s and early 90s there were several ballot measures authored and promoted by a group called the "Oregon Citizens Alliance".

    Head of that organization was a man named Lon Mabon who, I believe, was a convenient dupe of the second in command, Scott Lively.  

    Among the anti-gay claims the OCA made one was that gays liked to roll around in excrement.  Yeah.  I never heard of that either.  

    I mention this because a few months back I saw a documentary on Christian activity in Africa.  During an interview one woman mentioned exactly that in explaining her anti-homosexual feelings.

    That activity must be one of Lively's fantasies being projected outward.  Whatever it was it was Lively who was promoting that idea.

  •  These creeps are making enemies... (0+ / 0-)

    Those who make too many enemies usually go down.

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    by JohnnieZ on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 04:49:06 PM PDT

  •  Gotta be a huge racist element at work here too. (0+ / 0-)

    These wizened old white Jesus-blowers probably come in their pants when they think of how they've convinced black people in Africa to kill each other - now that they can't stage fist-fights between slaves on their pappy's plantations any more.

    Thank God, the Bob Fosse Kid is here! - Colin Mochrie

    by gardnerhill on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 08:06:06 PM PDT

  •  It's like training a puppy (0+ / 0-)

    not to crap in the house--stick their nose in it and let them get a good whiff of what they've done. Chances are, though, the puppy is going to catch on much faster than these missionary mutts.

    Great one, Mark. Loved the voice.

  •  Inhofe (0+ / 0-)

    Denier in Chief

    What a wretched man!  A shame for Oklahomans

  •  Swell flick. . . (0+ / 0-)

    . . .pity it's all true.

    Logic test:

    1) The Christian G-d is love.

    2) Fundamentalists, Pentecostals, Southern Baptists and their ilk believe that G-d hates fags and act to prove this hate.

    3) G-d hating is antithetical to G-d being love.

    Therefore: Anyone who claims that "G-d hates fags" or acts to harm LGBTs must not be a Christian or speaking for G-d.

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