Lively Challenges President Obama on Uganda Criticism
The Associated Press published a story today about President Obama�s criticism of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill which featured my picture and included comments about my case. The story was picked up by MassLive, the online version of the Springfield Republican, my home-town newspaper, and likely by other Massachusetts newspapers.Obama: Anti-gay bill step backward for UgandansRead the article hereThis is my response:Click here to continue reading ...I was not interviewed for this story even though my name and picture are being used in it.
Although I am portrayed here as a pastor, I am also a lawyer. I majored in International Human Rights in law school and have practiced as a human rights consultant in numerous countries. I also hold a Certificate in human rights (1997) from the U.N. administered Institute of International Human Rights in Strasbourg.
I agree that the Ugandan law is overly harsh on its face, but this is typical of African criminal law across the continent. Poor countries with limited criminal justice systems tend to rely on the harshness of the letter of the law to be a deterrent to criminals. In practice, the sentencing is usually pretty lenient. Kenya, for example, has the death penalty for burglary, but burglars are definitely not being executed there. I've explained this phenomenon to over two dozen journalists at top media outlets that have interviewed me over the past couple of years, but none have included this perspective in their stories. I guess it would undermine their efforts to bolster the "gay" cause.
As for Obama's veiled threat to Uganda, I'd like to remind him of the actual international law (as opposed to the imagined law I've supposedly violated):
"(1) U.N. General Assembly Resolution 2625 (XXV) of 24 October 1970, (A/RES/25/2625) containing the Declaration of Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, provides as follows:
The principle concerning the duty not to intervene in matters within the domestic jurisdiction of any State, in accordance with the Charter
No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State. Consequently, armed intervention and all other forms of interference or attempted threats against the personality of the State or against its political, economic and cultural elements, are in violation of international law.
No State may use or encourage the use of economic political or any other type of measures to coerce another State in order to obtain from it the subordination of the exercise of its sovereign rights and to secure from it advantages of any kind�.
Every State has an inalienable right to choose its political, economic, social and cultural systems, without interference in any form by another State."Finished readingPress StatementFor Immediate Release, 2/7/14Contact Scott Lively firstname.lastname@example.org
Harvard Retracts Invitation for Pro-Family Candidate to Speak at Law School
Statement by Independent Candidate for Governor, Pastor Scott Lively, J.D., Th.D.
My invitation to speak on criminal justice at Harvard Law School as part of a panel of Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates has been withdrawn by lead organizer David Harris. The justification offered was that the Center for Constitutional Rights lawsuit against me (for �Crimes Against Humanity�) would be a distraction.Continue reading hereLively Responds to Coakley Defense of No-Free-Speech Zones at Massachusetts Abortion Clinics See Press Release of January 16, 2014
TOP SEVEN REASONS I AM PRO-LIFEI, Pastor Scott Lively, am Pro-Life�
The last so-called "conservative" the GOP establishment backed was Scott Brown, who campaigned hard on family values, then turned Benedict Arnold and voted to homosexualize the U.S. military -- publicly celebrating his treachery in a ceremony with the leadership of the Massachusetts "gay" lobby!!
No wonder so many true conservatives have left the GOP, and like myself, become Independent. Yet, despite our frustration, we still believe that the best hope for this state and for America is a Republican Party that is re-grounded in Biblical values.
All across America there is a war raging today in the GOP as the elitist big-money liberals make their move to turn the Tea Party and other conservatives back into compliant, subservient serfs.
It is time for conservatives to FIGHT BACK and PURGE THE RINOS instead!
As I said, my main goal in running for Governor is to advocate Biblical values in the political arena. But my secondary goal is to MAKE THE RINO LOSE as a warning to the GOP that the conservatives will NEVER AGAIN BACK AN ANTI-FAMILY LIBERAL REPUBLICAN.
I am offering my candidacy as the way for conservatives to prove to the Mass GOP that they have the means and the will to force the GOP to run and back true conservatives -- or lose every future election.
If conservatives have the courage to do this we can break the power of the RINOS and make the conservatives King-Makers in the Mass GOP, or empower them to just take the party over.
If the Mass GOP decides to wise up and run a bona-fide pro-life, pro-family conservative in the 2014 election, I will drop out of the race. If they run another RINO or a phony "conservative" who lacks the courage to speak boldly in defense of the unborn and the natural family, I will stay in the race and run to win it. In my view, the role of a candidate is to inspire the voters by honestly articulating their own clear vision of a plan to create a better future. That is the antithesis of the establishment system (of both parties) of pandering to what people want to hear, which is nothing less than lying to get votes. If you have to lie or hide your real views to win, you shouldn't be running. And we conservatives who claim to live by our principles shouldn't be winking at a system in which dishonesty has become the norm -- by backing people we know are lying to win votes just because they're on "our team."
Please sign my NO MORE RINOS petition and circulate it to your friends.
Blessings,Pastor Scott LivelyIndependent Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts.Finished readingAfter long contemplation and prayer I am convinced that I should run for Governor of Massachusetts. I will run as an independent.
The people of this state need a candidate who can clearly and unapologetically articulate Biblical values without fear or compromise. They need a candidate who will tell the simple truth that abortion is murder, and homosexuality is condemned by God (but that Jesus forgives and heals those who repent). That parents and not the state have authority over their children, because government is our servant and not our master. That socialism is slavery and humanism breeds corruption. But mostly they need a leader who will remind the people that Massachusetts was founded upon Jesus Christ and the Bible and that our future security and prosperity depend on restoring our trust in Him. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!" Psalm 33:12......Click here to continue reading ...These are very dark days in Massachusetts and across America, and growing steadily darker. I believe it is time for Christians with a strong Biblical worldview to rise up and preach the whole truth of the Bible as widely and boldly as possible. Massachusetts is the bluest of the blue states: the first to adopt socialized medicine and "gay marriage," the national model for promoting homosexuality to children in the public schools, and the most aggressive defender of child-killing through abortion. The Mass Republican Party is solidly controlled by moderate to liberal "progressives" and the Democrats are virtual communists. They both embrace and champion the culture of death. With these two liberal parties splitting the liberal vote, a true conservative independent could win the governorship.
I feel both called and well prepared to meet this challenge. I am a fifth-generation Bay-Stater, born and raised in the Village of Shelburne Falls, with roots in the region going back to the early 1600s. I am a former left-wing liberal, who has learned by hard experience the folly of those ways. I am a constitutional lawyer and internationally-recognized authority on family and human rights issues from a Christian perspective. I have run my own successful businesses and know how to keep a budget. I am a missionary pastor with a doctorate in theology who for the past five years has founded and run an inner-city mission serving the poor and disadvantaged -- a mission that is a model of racial harmony and community service -- without accepting a dime of government funding.
My personal life theme of "redemption theology" is clearly reflected in all of my endeavors, and exactly what Massachusetts needs to recover from four decades of decline under Godless socialism.
As a long-time favorite target of extreme "gay" and leftist slander I have skin thicker than a rhinoceros and cannot be intimidated or manipulated by critics or the media. As someone who voluntarily gave up a lucrative and growing law practice in preference for a non-materialistic missionary lifestyle, I cannot be corrupted by money or big-spending lobbyists. As a church and university lecturer and government consultant on family issues and human rights with service in more than 30 countries, I interact comfortably with leaders from widely diverse backgrounds and cultures, and can draw from a deep reservoir of personal experience for problem-solving. As an author of five books and veteran of more than 700 radio and television interviews, I know how to communicate effectively. As the founder and lead attorney of the Christian Mediation Center I know how to bring hostile opposing parties to a mutually agreeable compromise. These are all valuable skills that a chief executive mu st possess.
I am not a politician and will not become one to run for office. I will conduct no polling. I will not lie about my positions to earn votes I don't deserve. I will plainly say what I believe and what I would do as governor. On the many issues on which I do not have a strong opinion I will say so, and yield to the views that seem most beneficial to the state. Where my views differ from the majority on issues that are most important to me I will try to win the voters to my reasoning rather than pander to the majority. I will not compromise my principles to win political office. I expect this approach will be appealing to a great many people.
In the next few days I will file my paperwork with the state and open a bank account. I will then begin raising money with which to campaign.
I expect to often be asked by reporters what I think my prospects are for winning this election. To this I reply that it would take a miracle from God for Scott Lively to become Governor of Massachusetts -- and I wouldn�t want it any other way. God should get the glory for any good thing that comes from this campaign. So don�t expect me to campaign like a politician. I will do nothing more than travel the state to offer what I believe are Biblical solutions to Massachusetts� problems -- and leave the rest to Almighty God.
May He Heal this Commonwealth
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