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American Family Association Inc

1404 Browns Lane

Louisville, Kentucky,40207

United States

Company Description

American Family Association (AFA) was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and approximately 150,000 paid subscribers to the AF...more

Background Information

Employment History

Political Research Associates


Executive Director

MTPC


Affiliations

Truth Academy

President


Coalition for Family Values

Founder


Abrams

Virulently Anti-Gay Founder


The Walls

Co-Founder


Defending

Founder


Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Founder


Truth Wins Out

Board Member


Farm Institute

Board Member


DefendtheFamily.com

Founder


PFLC

Founder and Fellow Attorney


Springfield

City Councilor


Watchmen On

Co-Founder


Nazi Party

Founder


Exodus International

Board Member


Free Speech Club

Founder


Education

Santa Rosa High School


Associates Degree


B. S.

Management and Communications

Western Baptist College


J.D.

International & Comparative Law

Duke University School of law


Juris Doctor of law

Trinity Law School


undergraduate degree

Whitman College


Web References(200 Total References)


Lively's Lies: A Profile of Scott Lively | Political Research Associates

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Lively's Lies: A Profile of Scott Lively
Scott Lively. In March 2009, Scott Lively traveled more than 8,000 miles from his home in Springfield, Massachusetts, to talk to a small audience at the Triangle Hotel in Kampala, Uganda, about homosexuality. "My name is Scott Lively," he began. Lively went on to describe his family background-which has enough in it to keep a psychologist, armchair or other, occupied for a long time: he is the oldest of six children, and his father developed a mental illness when Lively was young. Lively himself became an alcoholic at the age of twelve. For the next sixteen years, he said, he couldn't hold a job. He slept under bridges and begged for money on the streets. A brother and a sister, he said, "went into homosexuality," and another sister "wasn't able to enter into marriage until she was in her forties because of the pain of the family life that we had. Finally, said Lively, "[I] got down on my knees and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I was healed in an instant. I never had another desire to drink or use drugs ever again. When I got up off my knees, I was clean and healed." Lively became involved in antigay activism because of two people who were, he said, "very close to me"-a four-year-old boy and a nineteen-year-old man, who, Lively said, molested the boy: "And I saw what happened to that little child. He was transformed [from] a sweet and innocent person into a tortured and tormented child, filled with anger and rage. And he never recovered from it. The nineteen year old, Lively said, "is still living in a gay lifestyle in Los Angeles, California. He's an active homosexual and he's active in a church that endorses what's called 'gay theology.'" Lively "had his eyes opened" to all this right after he became a Christian, he said. It's the latter two groups, Lively claimed, who founded the Nazi party and helped Hitler to come to power. "These are men who have very little restraint," he said. But there is no dispute that Scott Lively has thoroughly proven this truism. "The gay movement is an evil institution," he told his spellbound Ugandan audience. In 2007, Lively was particularly active, traveling to Riga, Latvia, in the spring; then to Novosibirsk, Russia; then back to Riga. "There is a war going on the world," he told his Novosibirsk audience. "It's a war between Christians and homosexuals. The war, he said, is "the design of the devil to destroy civilization, because civilization is based on the natural family."[iii] This kind of rhetoric landed Lively on the Hate Map developed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC tracks more than 1,000 hate groups across the United States, but only seventeen of them are highlighted as specifically antigay. Lively's Abiding Truth Ministries is one of them, and Lively has connections with several others. In 2007, he helped to found the international Watchmen On The Walls, which quickly landed on the SPLC's antigay list (The Watchmen are no longer active in the United States). He has spoken at fundraising banquets for MassResistance, written several articles for the Chalcedon Foundation, a Christian Reconstructionist organization which endorses the revival of the Old Testament punishments of death for gay people. He has contributed money[iv] to anti-gay activist and former Washington Times reporter Peter LaBarbera's Americans for Truth about Homosexuality.[v] He continued to contribute to discredited "researcher" Paul Cameron's Family Research Institute long after Cameron called for the quarantining of HIV-positive gay men and expressed admiration for how the Nazis "dealt with homosexuality."[vi] All of these groups are on that same, short SPLC antigay list. The Oregon Years Lively cut his teeth on antigay activism in Eugene, Oregon, where a February 1991 article in the Eugene Register-Guard described him as the assistant director for the Oregon Citizens Alliance (OCA).[vii] OCA had been formed just a few years earlier by Vietnam vet, ex-hippie, and born-again Christian Lon Mabon,[viii] with support from the Oregon branch of Pat Roberston's Christian Coalition.[ix] (Lively and Mabon served on the Oregon Christian Coalition's board of directors until 1993.) According to the article, Lively denounced a group of protesters against the first Gulf War as "burned-out hippies and professional malcontents. Lively quickly gained a reputation for being a loose canon. The jury determined that Lively was guilty of using unreasonable force and awarded Stauffer $20,000.[xi] Lively took a particular interest in the contest in Springfield,[xii] a suburb of Eugene. An antigay ballot measure passed there by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent,[xiii] making Springfield the first city in the country to pass such an ordinance. But even there Lively's intemperance once again got him in trouble. In a press release, he carelessly suggested that the former Springfield Human Rights Commissioner George Wickizer was "a practicing homosexual man." Wickizer wasn't, and he sued[xiv]: being falsely labeled a homosexual was considered libel at the time. But Lively lucked out. Lively's and the OCA's campaign backfired. Measure 9 was defeated 56 percent to 44 percent,[xviii] and the OCA took a drubbing as well. A statewide poll after the election found that 57 percent of all Oregonians had an unfavorable opinion of the alliance, while only 14 percent were favorable.[xix] Lively and OCA were undeterred. Two years later, they returned with Measure 13, a slightly watered-down version of Measure 9. Measure 13 was also defeated, but Lively used this campaign to try out a new rhetorical theme. Appearing on a public-access cable program in Salem, Oregon, he tied homosexuality to the Nazi Party. "It wasn't just that homosexuals were involved in the Nazi Party," Lively told the television audience. Mabon reportedly said that Lively had "gotten tired of being called Nazi. The few historians who bothered to comment on Lively's historical revisions dismissed them as farce,[xxxi] while Charles Schiffman, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Portland, expressed outrage over Lively's "low effort to use a terrible tragedy for political purposes."[xxxii] Lively and Abrams were unfazed. Lively, in particular, now had a mission: to sound the alarm that what had happened in Nazi Germany could happen here. "From the ashes of Nazi Germany," he wrote, "the homofascist Phoenix has arisen again-this time in the United States."[xxxiii] And not just in the United States. Lively has sounded this warning everywhere he goes. Going Global Some time in the late 1990s, Lively moved to Sacramento, California. There, he founded the Pro-Family Law Center and became involved in litigation on behalf of conservative Christian causes. For a while, he also served as director of the California American Family Association. Sacramento, it turns out, has a substantial Evangelical Christian, Russian-immigrant community, due largely to a popular shortwave radio station based there that used to broadcast to the Soviet Union. Although Lively soon moved to Temecula, near Los Angeles, his connections in Sacramento opened the doors to a new world of antigay activism. Russians and other Eastern Europeans had suffered terrible atrocities at the hands of the Nazis, and their children and grandchildren eagerly embraced The Pink Swastika's litany of conspiracy theories. Together with the Sacramento-based Russian radio host Vlad Kusakin, Seattle pastor Kenneth Hutcherson, and Latvian megachurch pastor Alexey Ledyaev, Lively founded the Watchmen On the Walls, which quickly became closely identified with violence, both rhetorical and real. In May 2007, Lively traveled to Riga and spoke at New Generation, where he called the gay rights movement "the most dangerous political movement in the world"[xxxiv] and commended Ledyaev's work in Latvia. Meanwhile, back in Sacramento, a group of Russian-speaking men killed Satendar Singh, a 26-year-old gay Fijian of Indian descent. One of the two men charged with the crime fled to Russia. A month later, Lively traveled to Novosibirsk for a Watchmen conference, where he spoke about Singh's death to cheers and applause. Lively tried to quiet the celebration-"We don't want homosexuals to be killed; we want them to be saved"-but only after complaining that the murder investigation and news coverage proved that "homosexuals have achieved very high power... They've begun to cause the political powers to punish anyone who says that homosexuality is wrong."[xxxv] There had already been talk of imposing new restrictions on Uganda's LGBT community, and that idea took on added urgency immediately following Lively's explosive talk.[xxxvii] The morning after the Triangle Hotel conference, Lively met with fifty to one hundred members of Parliament for four hours to discuss ideas for a new law.[xxxviii] Lively was proud of his "nuclear bomb,"[xl] even though he disavowed any responsibility for its fallout. In fact, his first response was to claim that the bill was the LGBT community's fault. Ugandans, he said, were merely reacting to "a lot of external interference from European and American gay activists attempting to do in Uganda what they've done around the world-homosexualize that society."[xli] As for the bill itself, Lively called it "a step in the right direction," although he said he opposed the death penalty.[xlii] But even there, he struggled. He told one interviewer that given the alternative of seeing Uganda become more accommodating to gays and lesbians, he would rather the bill passed "as the lesser of two evils." "Even with the death penalty? an interviewer asked him. After much hemming and hawing, Lively admitted that even as the "lesser of two evils," he would oppose the bill's passage if it included the death penalty.[xliii] Lively's Latest Campaigns Lively's "nuclear bomb" earned him worldwide condemnation-about which he seemed ambivalent. Sometimes he appeared to relish the attention; other times he tried to flee from it. In July 2009, Lively announced his "final book on the homosexual issue. [xliv] He bragged that this book, Redeeming the Rainbow, "is the product of twenty years of service as a front-lines opponent of the homosexual movement and encompasses all that I have learned through this long tour of duty. And with that, he said would "no longer be monitoring the day-to-day developments of the culture war regarding homosexuality as closely, nor posting stories about it to this website."[xlv] However, just a few weeks later, he was back to obsessing about homosexuality. He had moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2008, and in August 2009 he traveled to Boston to testify against a transgender rights bill. (To him, gender identity and sexual orientation are indistinguishable.) After his testimony, he gave an interview that was posted on YouTube. "Frankly, I see things simply disintegrating very rapidly and I believe that we're going to suffer some kind of infrastructure collapse in this society because of the failure of moral culture," he said.[xlvi] In Springfield, Lively initially worked at a church affiliated with Ledyaev's New Generation Church. In January 2011, he reiterated to the Boston Globe that he was through with talking about homosexuality, and that he wanted to "re-Christianize Springfield."[xlvii] He explained, "If someone were looking for Scott Lively to stop being involved in the other stuff [antigay activity], this is it. Those people who criticize me, they should be happy. He opened the Holy Grounds coffee shop, a drop-in center for Springfield youth. Springfield officials expressed concern that truants from a nearby high school were hanging out at the coffee shop. The shop's manager, Michael Frediani, was arrested in January because he failed to register as a convicted child-molester. Lively banned the students during school hours, and defended his manager as someone who had changed by converting to Christianity. The Rev. Kapya Kaoma is an Anglican priest from Zambia who attended Lively's talk in Uganda. As a PRA researcher, Kaoma wrote the report, Globalizing the Culture Wars, about antigay organizing in Africa by U.S.-based conservative Christians. Kaoma doesn't think Lively's new focus is particularly credible. "Honestly, I wouldn't believe a thing from Scott Lively," he said. "I don't even think he's capable of toning down his antigay rhetoric."[xlviii] As it turns out, Kaoma was right. In March 2011, Lively traveled to the formerYugoslavian Republic of Macedonia to denounce a proposed antidiscrimination law as the product of "a secret plan by the homosexual powers of the E.U." He warned that its passage would result in an "outbreak of homosexuality."[xlix] The Macedonian bill has been shelved for now. " " (Scott Lively, "Why WATCHMEN ON THE WALLS was created.)" Available online at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3462412806399458879#. [xxii] Lively, Scott; Abrams, Kevin. [xxxiii] Lively, Scott; Abrams, Kevin. " ' ' (Scott Lively: 'Why WATCHMEN ON THE WALLS was created')" Scott Lively speaking in Novosibirsk, Russia. Available online at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3462412806399458879 [xxxvi] Lively, Scott. "Report from Uganda" Defend the Family web site (March 17, 2009): http://www.defendthefamily.com/pfrc/archives.php?id=2345952 [xxxvii] Sharlet, Jeff. C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to America (New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2010):145-146. [xxxviii] Lively, Scott. "Report from Uganda" Defend the Family web site (March 17, 2009): http://www.defendthefamily.com/pfrc/archives.php?id=2345952. [xxxix] Lively, Scott. "Letter to the Russian People. Defend the Family web site (October 15, 2007): http://www.defendthefamily.com/pfrc/archives.php?id=5225300. Liveky repeated his call to ban all advocacy for LGBT equality in his talk at the Triangle Hotel, as recorded in video, The Truth About Homosexuality & Its Agenda: A Family Life Network Initiative, Day Three. The DVD was obtained jointly by Ex-Gay Watch and Box Turtle Bulletin. [xl] Lively, Scott. "Report from Uganda" Defend the Family web site (March 17, 2009): http://www.defendthefamily.com/pfrc/archives.php?id=2345952. Includes audio of an interview with Scott Lively from Alan Colmes's radio program. "Scott Lively, father of Uganda's 'pro-family' movement: Vanguard extended interview. Vanguard (Current TV, May 25, 2010). Available online at http://current.com/shows/vanguard/92455052_scott-lively-father-of-ugandas-pro-family-movement-vanguard-extended-interview.htm [xliv] Lively, Scott. "A message to visitors. Defend the Family web site (June 17, 2010): http://www.defendthefamily.com/pfrc/newsarchives.php?id=3679335. The current posting on Lively's web site has been shortened. [xlv] Lively, Scott. "A message to visitors. Defend the Family web site (June 17, 2010): http://www.defendthefamily.com/pfrc/newsarchives.php?id=3679335. The current posting on Lively's web site has been shortened. "Scott Lively interview in Boston. Available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pnhXOYjuJs "Scott Lively warns of 'outbreak of homosexuality' in Moldova, part of a 'secret plan by the homosexual powers of the EU'. Box Turtle Bulletin web site (March 6, 2011): http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2011/03/06/31159 Jim was the first in the West to break the story of Scott Lively's fateful conference in Kampala, Uganda, in 2009, and his website has faithfully chronicled events in Uganda since then. This entry was posted in Articles and tagged International, LGBTQ rights, Religion, Scott Lively by Jim Burroway. Release: Judge condemns Scott Lively's efforts to render very existence of Ugandan LGBTIs illegal, finds US law offers no redress


Fem Speak: Jeannie Babb Taylor

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AFA's California director Scott Lively has published a book called The Pink Swastika in which he claims that "homosexuals [are] the true inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities."


Scott Lively's Crimes Against Humanity Aren't Conservative Christian Outliers | Religion Dispatches

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Scott Lively's Crimes Against Humanity Aren't Conservative Christian Outliers
Contrary to popular belief Scott Lively is not attempting a failed Heil in this 2012 video of a John Birch Society event. In what might be the most scathing federal ruling ever handed down in favor of a defendant, U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor on Monday granted Scott Lively's request for summary judgment in the years-long case alleging Lively committed crimes against humanity for aiding and abetting deadly anti-LGBT rhetoric and legislation in Uganda, often referred to as the "Kill the Gays" bill. Crucially, this narrow victory is already being claimed as a powerful turning point in the "culture wars" by the likes of Liberty Counsel, which represented Lively. In that same release, Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver (who, as recently as 2015, was a headliner at the annual GOP glad-handing event known as the Values Voters Summit and was the recipient of a 2012 "Champions of Justice" award from Samuel Rodriguez's NHCLC) claimed that the jurisdictional dismissal of the complaint against Lively was a "victory for the Constitution and the rule of law," and suggested that "all Christians should celebrate the end of a lawsuit intended only to intimidate an innocent pastor into silence." As Judge Ponsor wrote, Lively's "positions on LGBTI people range from the ludicrous to the abhorrent," ultimately using LGBT people as scapegoats for every major social ill that has arisen in the past century. But Lively's hateful rhetoric is not, in fact, an outlier among his peers. Originally from the supposedly liberal bastion of Massachusetts, Lively made a name for himself peddling anti-LGBT animus as "the word of God" in Oregon and California, where he served as the state director for the American Family Association. (That's the SPLC-certified anti-LGBT hate group helmed by fellow wingnut Bryan Fischer.) Lively still operates a pair of ministries out of Springfield, Mass., in addition to several right-wing ministry groups that focus on demonizing LGBT people in places as far-flung as Latvia, Moldova, and (shocker!) Russia and Ukraine. So while Lively is spreading his hateful brand of Christianity abroad, Liberty Counsel and its contemporaries are working tirelessly to make sure this exclusionary model of faith remains at the forefront of American conversations about Christianity. Liberty Counsel-and, to a more insidious extent, more sophisticated groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom and Becket-are enabling the continued relevance of right-wing ideologues that should be banished to the fringe.


The National Christian Foundation Anti-LGBT Funding Encyclopedia | TWO Care

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Since 2010, the AFA's director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy Bryan Fischer has been rebroadcasting tropes originally minted by Scott Lively, that Hitler and top Nazis were gay.
Scott Lively's well-documented book, "The Pink Swastika," exposes a secret homosexual activists don't want you to know about Nazi Germany: that although the Nazis did persecute homosexuals, the homosexuals the Nazis persecuted were almost exclusively the effeminate members of the gay community in Germany, and that much of the mistreatment was administered by masculine homosexuals who despised effeminacy in all its forms. What follows is a summary of the information contained in Lively's book..." Scott Lively has made repeated appearances on AFA Radio, including a 2013 appearance with the AFA's Sandy Rios, during which Lively claimed that the biblical flood was God's punishment for the writing of "wedding songs to homosexual marriage". (see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/10/noahs-flood-caused-by-wedding-songs-homosexuals-scott-lively_n_2450404.html) Scott Lively has made repeated appearances on AFA Radio, including a 2013 appearance with the AFA's Sandy Rios, during which Lively claimed that the biblical flood was God's punishment for the writing of "wedding songs to homosexual marriage". (see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/10/noahs-flood-caused-by-wedding-songs-homosexuals-scott-lively_n_2450404.html) In March 2002, during the time of his first trip to Uganda, anti-LGBT agitator Scott Lively was serving as Director of AFA California. The project is headed by Campus Crusade For Christ's Warren Willis, who first brought anti-LGBT rights agitator Scott Lively to Uganda, in March 2002. According to Scott Lively, credited with helping inflame anti-LGBT hatred from Eastern Europe and Russia to Uganda, Bright and lively were friends (see:http://www.defendthefamily.com/pfrc/newsarchives.php?id=8239619); and according to Lively it was Campus Crusade For Christ leader Warren Willis who initially brought Lively to Uganda, in March 2002, to speak along with Ugandan Stephen Langa at an anti-pornography conference (see: http://www.defendthefamily.com/_docs/resources/3038513.pdf). According to Scott Lively, credited with helping inflame anti-LGBT hatred from Eastern Europe and Russia to Uganda, Bright and lively were friends (see:http://www.defendthefamily.com/pfrc/newsarchives.php?id=8239619); and according to Lively it was Campus Crusade For Christ leader Warren Willis who initially brought Lively to Uganda, in March 2002, to speak along with Ugandan Stephen Langa at an anti-pornography conference (see: http://www.defendthefamily.com/_docs/resources/3038513.pdf).


Christmas In the Old Testament - Springdale Baptist Church Westminster

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Pastor Scott Lively is a Missionary/Pastor/Evangelist who is building an inner-city congregation in Springfield Mass.
He is a champion for traditional family values and served as the California chairman of the American Family Association.


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