Scott Lively in Uganda (Pic: God Loves Uganda)

Scott Lively in Uganda (Pic: God Loves Uganda)

The Guardian has highlighted the appalling influence of American evangelists on anti-gay laws in Uganda.

The newspaper’s website has posted an excerpt from Roger Ross Williams’ documentary God Loves Uganda, which depicts one of the worst offenders, Scott Lively in action.

It features undercover video taken by Boston-based Anglican priest, Kapya Kaoma, which shows Lively holding a workshop in Uganda in which he peddled outrageous lies about LGBT people.

According to Kaoma, the pastor told the audience that gay people have taken over the UN and America, that they are recruiting children in Uganda and are out to destroy society.

It was these kinds of workshops, says Kaoma, that fuelled the belief among legislators that the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill – signed into law on Monday – was desperately needed.

It’s been previously claimed that thousands of Ugandans, including police officers, teachers and politicians, have attended Lively’s talks during his visits to Uganda.

“American evangelists are all powerful in Uganda and that power is used to persecute those who are trying to question them… religion is being used to demonise and in fact kill”, Kaoma claims in the clip.

He adds that the global war against homosexuality waged by American evangelists has “nothing to do to with the Christian gospel but American culture wars. That is what is driving their activities across the world.”

Lively, who believes that Hitler and other Nazi leaders were gay and their homosexuality led to World War II, is facing charges in the US of “crimes against humanity” because of his role in the formulation of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

In September last year, Lively said that he’s proud to have influenced anti-gay movements in both Russia and Uganda.

Lively heads up the Abiding Truth Ministries, a church opposing “the homosexual agenda”. He has travelled around the world promoting his hateful crusade against what he calls the “social cancer” of homosexuality. His crackpot theories are often accepted as legitimate by political and religious leaders.

Lively, however, has dismissed as “a leap” claims that his actions and words have led to violence and the death of gay people in the countries in which he’s peddled his anti-gay views.

Watch an alternative excerpt from God Loves Uganda, below.

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