Scott Lively and Richard MayPhoto: Vimeo screenshot/Rightwing Watch
Two white conservative Christians came to the conclusion that Black people should stop “sitting in a chair and crying” over slavery because homosexuality is a “worse” sin.
Anti-LGBTQ activist Scott Lively discussed racism on his Breaking News Bible Study show with Knoxville, Tennessee pastor Richard May.
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During the show, May downplayed the horror of slavery in the U.S., calling it “an unfortunate event.” He said the Bible backs that view and compared slavery to “bad kings and wars and famines.”
“It’s not something to lose your mind over.”
Lively said that his father was “severely mentally ill” and ruined his childhood, but that he isn’t “sitting in a chair and crying about what a terrible lot I got in life,” comparing growing up with a bad father to the centuries of enslavement, terrorism, and discrimination Black people faced in the U.S.
“There is a perspective in all of this,” May said. “From a biblical point of view, there are things much worse.”
“Now, I’m going to hit a nerve with this one: which is worse, slavery or homosexuality?” May asked with a smirk.
“Homosexuality by far,” Lively said.
“By far,” May said. “We need to herald that. I mean, come on, guys. Our priorities are all mixed up.”
Lively used to work with the American Family Association and he founded Abiding Truth Ministries in California, an SPLC designated hate group. He has said that LGBTQ people are “pedophilic” and “genocidal.”
He famously co-wrote a book entitled The Pink Swastika, where he argued that gay people are “the true inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities,” despite being targeted by Nazism
Lively has also worked with anti-LGBTQ activists in other countries, and he was sued by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of LGBTQ Ugandans in 2012 for his work to promote the death penalty for homosexuality in that country, including telling Uganda’s parliament that homosexuality is a “disease” that Western society is trying to spread to children.
“They’re looking for other people to be able to prey upon,” Lively said. “When they see a child that’s from a broken home it’s like they have a flashing neon sign over their head.”
The lawsuit for crimes against humanity was later dismissed for technical reasons.
Lively ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2014 (as an independent) and in 2018 (in the Republican primary) and lost both times. He got 36% of the vote in the 2018 Republican primary.