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Pastor is not ‘antigay’ but pro-family

January 15, 2011

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RE “SHIFT in mission for religious firebrand: Antigay pastor refocuses on aiding Springfield’’ (Page A1, Jan. 5): It isn’t fair of the Globe to limit my rebuttal to about 250 words after attacking me on the front page, but here goes.

First, the Globe is taking sides to call me “antigay’’ if it defines “gay’’ as an unchangeable state of being. The pro-family side defines homosexuality as a form of voluntary conduct that violates God’s design for sex and family. We are against behavior, not people.

Second, I have never advocated or condoned violence against others, either in Uganda or any of the other 30 countries in which I have lectured. The deviously edited videos and print articles produced by my pro-“gay’’ enemies in the media do not accurately represent my views.

Third, neither I nor my Orthodox Jewish co-author of “The Pink Swastika’’ are Holocaust deniers. That reference was removed by its author from a blog months ago under threat of a lawsuit, a fact I would have shared with the reporter had he asked during our two hours of interviews. By the way, our book boasts quotations from dozens of mainstream historians and scholars.

Finally, these accusations are not new. I have prepared thorough responses to each at my group’s website, www.defendthefamily.com. I’m also willing to debate these issues in any neutral venue where I can explain pro-family reasoning directly to the audience without the filter of hostile journalists.

Scott Lively
President
Abiding Truth Ministries
Springfield