Victory for Scott Lively

Fantastic news. A court in Massachusetts has rejected the case brought against Rev. Scott Lively by an extremist militant LGBT group.

“SMUG” (Sexual Minorities Uganda) attacked and harrassed Rev. Lively by bringing a preposterous charge that in opposing the promotion of homosexuality he was guilty of “crimes against humanity”, a charge invented for the perpetrators of Nazi genocide. If he had lost, Rev Lively stood to lose upwards of $5 million, the amount of legal fees that SMUG had run up by paying a team of fourteen lawyers to work on the case for four years, plus an indefinite amount of money they were demanding in “damages” for supposed harm to their clients. The full bill could have come to $10 million. 

The case has dragged on for four years, subjecting him and his family to a long and highly stressful ordeal. He was subjected to lies and blamed for the murder of the activist David Kato whose death (at the hands of a male prostitute he had exploited) had nothing to do with so-called “homophobia”.

While the judge, Michael Ponsor, clearly had no time for the Christian point of view and openly sympathized with the LGBT ideology, Lively was skillfully defended by the lawyers of Liberty Counsel, who argued that the US court had no powers to uphold any claim brought by a group in Uganda. SMUG was of course set up as a puppet by devious USA LGBT extremists, in order to use it as a weapon to attack conservatives and Christians. Judge Ponsor should have thrown the case out four years ago, and had a chance to do so.  At least he did so in the end, and dismissed the case.

Attorneys Horatio Mihet and Roger Gannam with Scott Lively

It’s great news, and another hopeful sign that the wind is changing and the era of President Trump will be fairer for everyone, especially Christians targeted by aggressive LGBT bullying. 

Rev Lively has escaped the worst but this will not be justice until he is awarded substantial damages by the US courts for vexatious harassment. He certainly is owed $ millions and so are all those bullied by the Gaystapo.

If anyone is guilty of genocide, it is surely the LGBTs who have spread epidemics that are still killing millions of people worldwide.

Victory for American Pastor Falsely Accused of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

Jun 6, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Late yesterday, Liberty Counsel client and American pastor Scott Lively won summary judgment against the foreign LGBT activists, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), which sued Lively for sharing his biblical views on homosexuality during three visits to Uganda in 2002 and 2009. The summary judgment order, entered by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor, puts an end to SMUG’s attempt to silence Lively and others who speak internationally about the LGBT agenda.
SMUG is represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has received funding from George Soros. CCR is located at 666 Broadway in New York, an apt address for such an organization that attempts to use international law to silence people of faith and attack Israeli government officials.
In a direct challenge to the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, SMUG tried to create new and dangerous precedent using international “crimes against humanity”—akin to genocide and war crimes—by relying on the obscure Alien Tort Statute (ATS). In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the deathblow to SMUG’s lawsuit by ruling that the ATS was never intended to allow a foreign citizen to sue a U.S. citizen in America alleging violation of some supposed international law. Scores of pending cases around the country were dismissed following the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Kiobel, but the one not dismissed was the SMUG case. Judge Ponsor has a long history of support for the LGBT agenda and said he considers judges “the unappointed legislators of mankind.” Instead of dismissing the case in 2013, as it should have been, Ponsor opened the door for extensive and needless discovery.
Although Judge Ponsor’s order dismissed the case in 2017, for the same reasons he should have dismissed it in 2013 based on the Supreme Court precedent, he let his personal bias against pro-family values and support of the LGBT agenda slip into what should otherwise have been a straight legal opinion. Legally, Judge Ponsor had no choice on the law. The Supreme Court had clearly spoken. But what he did in his opinion is unbecoming by hurling names at Pastor Lively. None of the evidence supports any of the allegations.
After Judge Ponsor refused to dismiss the case in 2013, thousands of hours later, including 100 hours of depositions, and 40,000 pages of documents, SMUG failed to produce a shred of evidence of any conspiracy or persecution by Lively. Rather, the evidence showed that Lively, in a country where homosexuality has been illegal for decades, urged treatment of LGBT people with respect and dignity, and the liberalization of Uganda’s laws against homosexuality, even as he spoke in favor of biblical sexual morality and against the LGBT political agenda.
“This is a victory for the Constitution and the rule of law,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, “and all Christians should celebrate the end of a lawsuit intended only to intimidate an innocent pastor into silence. But the court’s open display of activism in deriding Lively’s beliefs reminds us of the threats American Christians continue to face from a judiciary that is increasingly hostile to any expression of biblical truth to a decaying culture,” said Staver.
“Once Judge Ponsor properly concluded that he had no jurisdiction over SMUG’s concocted claims, his only duty was to dismiss the case and send SMUG back to Uganda the same way it came—empty- handed,” added Horatio Mihet, Liberty Counsel’s Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel. “Judge Ponsor was without any authority—constitutional, legal, or otherwise—to showcase his contempt for the family values advocated by Scott Lively. Judge Ponsor’s misinformed opinions about Scott Lively are not worth the paper they are written on,” said Mihet.

Pastor Lively commented: “I thank God for His deliverance from this outrageous and malicious litigation, designed solely to silence my voice for biblical truth on LGBT issues and to cause me pain and suffering for daring to speak against the ‘gay’ agenda. I also thank Mat Staver and my Christian attorneys at Liberty Counsel, especially Horatio Mihet and Roger Gannam, who took on and defeated SMUG’s team of 14 lawyers with exemplary skill and fortitude.” And, he continued, “I thank Judge Michael Ponsor, as well, for overcoming his clear ideological bias enough to acknowledge the legal deficiency of SMUG’s case and bring it to a close – even though he had the option four years ago to dismiss this case following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that slammed the door shut on SMUG’S specious legal reasoning.”

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