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WND's Scott Lively Knows Just How To Defeat LGBT Rights In 2014

December 20, 2013 12:02 pm ET by Luke Brinker

WND columnist and hate group leader Scott Lively might be facing his own legal battles heading into the new year, but that didn't stop him from sharing his ideas about how anti-LGBT activists can roll back LGBT rights in 2014.

In a December 19 column, Lively, head of the hate group Abiding Truth Ministries, offered a three-plank plan for standing against the "the 'gay' agenda" (scare quotes his). Lively conceded that 2013 wasn't a good year for anti-LGBT forces, what with the introduction of marriage equality in eight states, key legal victories at the U.S. Supreme Court, the historic Senate passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and state-level protections for transgender youth and bans on "ex-gay" therapy.

But the fight to enshrine anti-LGBT discrimination in the law isn't over, Lively assured readers. Here's how Lively thinks the momentum can shift in bigots' favor:

First, Reclaim the Rainbow. The rainbow belongs to God, not to the "gays.'" It is the symbol of His authority over creation in Genesis 6-9, and of His Glory in Ezekiel 1:28 and Revelation 4:3. The "gay" movement in essence is wrapping itself in God's own cloak in an attempt to sanitize a lifestyle that cannot be sanitized. I am calling on every Christian church, ministry and activist to begin using the rainbow symbol (in conjunction with key scriptures) to reclaim it in a way that cannot be mistaken for support of the homosexual agenda -- such as displaying a rainbow flag or bumper sticker bearing the legend "The Rainbow Belongs to God: Gen. 6-9, 19″ (linking, the story of the flood with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah as does the Bible).

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Second, Reclaim the Constitution. The church must be educated to recognize that anti-discrimination policies based on sexual orientation, aka "sexual orientation regulations" (SORs), are the seed that contain the entire tree of the homosexual agenda with all of its poisonous fruit. Far from being a benign civil rights policy (a shield) to prevent unfair discrimination in employment and housing, SORs are a devilish scheme to subvert the Constitution and give militant LGBT activists a sword to attack Christians through private lawsuits and public "hate crime" enforcement. 

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Churches must step up now to push back the SORs by 1) opposing them in jurisdictions where they have not yet been adopted, and 2) by amending them in every place where they have already become law (including local and state governments, quasi-government agencies, public schools and universities, for-profit and non-profit corporations, etc.).

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Third, and most importantly, Reclaim the Bible. This imminent, perhaps final battle for the heart and soul of America largely comes down to a contest over the Word of God. Over the past 40 years, the homosexual movement has produced an entire school of biblical revisionists who have invented a new doctrine called "Gay Theology." It provides the twisted theological underpinning for the "Welcoming and Affirming" movement in the so-called "mainstream" denominations, and for the more recent "Emergent Church" movement among evangelicals. "Gay Theology" is the heresy of our time and must be effectively countered. [emphasis added]

Of course, these aren't exactly things anti-LGBT activists haven't been trying to do for years. Lively's proposal to "reclaim the rainbow" dates at least to this summer, when he advised Russia to display it at the Winter Olympics in Sochi "declaring that the rainbow belongs to God!" Moreover, right-wing activists have long baselessly attacked anti-discrimination ordinances as assaults on religious freedom, including in San Antonio this year, but to no avail. And notwithstanding Lively's bold plans to make Christianity more homophobic, surveys show he's losing the battle for Christian opinion.

But Lively has a good feeling about 2014:

I confess that I've been increasingly pessimistic over the past few years and downright discouraged a few times during the darkest days of 2013, but I have a very strong sense today that things have changed for the better for the pro-family movement, at least in the short term. I am very optimistic for our prospects in 2014. It's time for some push-back!

Unfortunately for Lively, he'll also have to spend a good chunk of the year defending himself against a federal human rights lawsuit that seeks to hold him accountable for his role in shaping Ugandan legislation that would impose the death penalty for homosexuality.

Previously:

WND Columnist: Russia Should Take Back The Rainbow

Liberty Counsel Champions "Peaceful" Hate Group Leader Behind Uganda's "Kill The Gays" Bill

Hate Group Leader Attacks "Homosexualist[s]," Pope For Thinking Gays Are Born That Way




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