There’s an important piece in Jamaica’s The Gleaner, reporting on the activities of American Religious Right activists as they expand internationally, having failed at home. It’s significant that it’s even running in a Jamaica newspaper, considering the fact that it’s an honest article that pegs people like Scott Lively for who they are, and explains that it is American hard right activists who are exporting hate abroad:
There is a well-established movement of Christians in America who feel they are fighting a losing battle in their home country where rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are concerned. They vehemently believe the onus is theirs to protect traditional family values and morals overseas by rescuing us from the global gay agenda.
On the face of it, their work might seem important, but their vengeance and deleterious work is perverting the advancement of rights, especially in relation to homosexuality and abortion. This is causing much anxiety among human rights campaigners worldwide.
On Uganda’s “Kill The Gays” bill:
The bill was introduced in 2009 after the ‘Seminar on Exposing the Homosexual Agenda’ in Uganda where Scott Lively, who, according to Kapya Kaoma, is an American Christian right holocaust revisionist, spoke about how gays are pursuing world domination and the dangers they pose (Political Research Associates (PRA). Lively was joined by Dan Schmierer, who at the time represented the recently closed ex-gay group, Exodus. This incongruous campaign is partly guided by Lively’s book Redeeming the Rainbow, which suggests “sympathy for gays” must be countered by “highlighting instances of rape and child recruitment” committed by LGBT people.
According to Kaoma, “Lively met with Ugandan lawmakers and government officials, some of whom would draft parliament’s Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2009 [...] and the ‘traditional family values’ language of United States (US) anti-gay campaigners echoes through the draft legislation.” Lively is now the subject of a court case filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (in New York) on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a coalition of Ugandan LGBT advocacy groups under the Alien Tort Statute that allows non-citizens to file suit in the US if there is an alleged violation of international law.
As time goes by, it will probably become important to amend articles like these to include Porno Pete’s involvement in stoking the fires of anti-gay hatred in Jamaica, as he seems to want to be to that nation what Scott Lively was to Uganda.