Lively co-founded the east European organization Watchmen on the Walls, which applauds violence against gay people and has been certified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.
Lively also joined with Exodus International board member Don Schmierer in Uganda to co-keynote a March 2009 ex-gay conference, the purpose of which was to launch a nationwide campaign of antigay vigilantism — led by at least one alleged ex-gay child-molester — and to impose a death penalty upon that nation’s LGBT population.
In an article on his ex-gay organization’s web site dated for release tomorrow, Lively equates Christian compassion with less-than-desirable effeminacy — and violence with true “masculine Christianity.”
Unfortunately, the modern American church, along with the majority of its leaders, has rejected masculinity in favor of an effeminate Christianity.
Lively addresses his audience as “brethren,” as if his female readers were irrelevant:
Brethren, this is not an attack on femininity. If anything, the church should be commended for its appreciation for and fulfillment of the feminine aspects of its role. The vital compassion-based ministries ‚Äî feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and soothing the broken-hearted ‚Äî are prospering today. These ministries are very much a reflection of the feminine side of Christ’ complete personality.
In Lively’s brutal worldview, it is unmanly to be compassionate, charitable, graceful, humble, or nurturing. Lively idolizes Biblical hyperwarriors, some of whom are guilty of indiscriminate slaughter against the women and children of rival tribes in the ancient Middle East.
The defining characteristic of each of these examples is the conquest of evil by God’ people — mostly men. … The church and this nation cry out for a revival of masculine Christianity, which is to say that we church leaders need to stop being such, for lack of a better word, sissies when it comes to social and political issues.
Lively concludes with a sociopathic call to war against those who might educate the Christian Right’s children and young adults in alternatives to violence, bigotry, and rejection of religious diversity, history, science, and community values:
We have reached that split-second of decision in which we must choose whether to rush forward into battle on the chance that we can defeat the invaders, or to surrender and look on in resignation as our children are marched off into slavery in a foreign land.
Violence and deliberate ignorance: True markers of “masculinity” among the ex-gay Christian Right. According to Lively, this machismo is under mortal threat not only from uppity women, but also from the same educated, lazy sissies who operated the supposedly hypermasculine Nazi regime.