A federal judge has dismissed an international lawsuit filed by an African homosexual activist group, which accused an American pastor of committing “crimes against humanity” for speaking out against homosexual behavior in the country.
U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor, appointed to the bench by then-President Bill Clinton, issued an order on Monday declaring that the matter lacked the jurisdiction of a U.S. court.
Throughout his conclusion, however, he repeatedly blasted Scott Lively, author of “The Pink Swastika,” as aiding and abetting “a vicious and frightening campaign of repression” against homosexuals, and characterized his writings as “crackpot bigotry.” Lively denies the allegation as being without substantiation and as giving “the left fodder for propaganda.”
“[D]iscovery confirmed the nature of Defendant’s, on one hand, vicious and, on the other hand, ludicrously extreme animus against LGBTI people and his determination to assist in persecuting them wherever they are, including Uganda,” Ponsor wrote.
“The evidence of record demonstrates that Defendant aided and abetted efforts 1) to restrict freedom of expression by members of the LGBTI community in Uganda 2) to suppress their civil rights, and 3) to make the very existence of LGBTI people in Uganda a crime,” he asserted. Full report