The Southern Poverty Law Center reports today on Scott Lively’s efforts to get off the SPLC hate group list.
As the U.S. envoy for the international anti-gay hate group Watchmen on the Walls and co-author of The Pink Swastika, a history that falsely asserts gays masterminded the Holocaust, Scott Lively has said some pretty ugly things. But now he says he wants to show the world a kinder, gentler side.
In early February, The North Country Times, a California weekly newspaper, reported that Lively “fervently wants to get off the Southern Poverty Law Center’s [hate group] list,” because the “characterization of him as a ‘hater’ is especially troubling given his profession as a pastor: a Christian shepherd, a man of God.” (The SPLC lists Lively’s Abiding Truth Ministries, in Temecula, Calif., as a hate group.)
“The last thing you want to be called as a Christian is a hater,” Lively said.
Lively chronicles his efforts to negotiate with the SPLC on the blog Hatewatch Watch. As recently as late last month, Mr. Lively contacted the SPLC to complain about Perez Hilton. and a Huffington Post columnist who essentially agrees with him about gays and the Nazis.
So really it is not clear if he wants off the list or just more company.
Stay tuned for more on The Pink Swastika.
Other posts in this series:
June 3 – Before The Pink Swastika
June 17 – Does homosexuality lead to fascism?