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Liberty Counsel Defends Pastor in Court for Speech in a Fore
Liberty Counsel Defends Pastor in Court for Speech in a Foreign Country Regarding LGBT
This week Liberty Counsel is representing Reverend Scott Lively, an evangelical pastor who was sued by the foreign group called Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG). The suit heard by the US District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, alleges that Reverend Lively committed “crimes against humanity” in violation of “international law,” simply by sharing his Biblical views on homosexuality during a 2009 visit to Uganda. Representing Reverend Lively is Senior Litigation Counsel Harry Mihet and General Counsel Steve Crampton.
The suit is a direct attempt to silence Reverend Lively and intimidate other pastors against teaching the Biblical position on homosexuality. Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, said, “This lawsuit against Reverend Scott Lively is a gross attempt to use a vague international law to silence, and eventually criminalize, speech by US citizens on homosexuality and moral issues. This suit should cause everyone to be concerned, because it a direct threat against freedom of speech.”
Represented by a George Soros-funded, “civil rights” group, SMUG attempts to sue Reverend Lively under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which allows certain aliens to sue in the United States for torts committed against them in the United States. “ATS is not a blanket delegation of lawmaking to the democratically unaccountable international community. Like all American citizens, Reverend Lively enjoys a fundamental First Amendment right to engage in nonviolent political discourse anywhere in the world,” Staver said. “What SMUG cavalierly labels as ‘crimes against humanity’ — the most heinous of all crimes — is actually nothing more than civil, peaceful, political discourse in the public square on a subject of great public concern.”
“When SMUG sued Reverend Lively in a Massachusetts federal court, it launched a direct assault on the supremacy of the United States Constitution,” continued Staver. “Reverend Lively did not check his First Amendment rights at the airport before departing for Uganda,” he concluded.
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