Anti-gay activist Scott Lively honored in Arlington Heights

Sun. October 16, 2011 7:36 AM by News Staff

Christian school vandalized prior to event honoring Lively

Arlington Heights, IL - Scott Lively, an outspoken activist with links to anti-gay violence in Uganda, was honored Saturday in Arlington Heights.

American for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH), a Naperville-based organization identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, honored Lively at a dinner at Christian Liberty Academy.

Lively, the founder of Abiding Truth Ministries and president of Defend the Family International, addressed the Ugandan parliament in 2009 as a proponent of Uganda's proposed death penalty bill for gays.

He has supported further criminalizing of homosexuality and was the co-author of "The Pink Swastika," which claims homosexuals created the Nazi Party and were responsible for the Holocaust.

Rev. Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, was the main speaker at the controversial fundraising dinner.

About 30 people from the Chicago-based Gay Liberation Network (GLN) protested outside the school.

Christian Liberty Academy was vandalized early Saturday morning when several window panes and a glass door were shattered by plastic bags containing bricks with the messages "Shut down Lively" were thrown at the school.

Andy Thayer, co-founder of GLN, told the Chicago Sun-Times that he did not know who vandalized the school but doubted it was the work of gay activists.

Peter LaBarbera, head of AFTAH, issued a statement to World News Daily calling the incident "homofacism being raised to the level of domestic terrorism."

An anonymous post on the Chicago Independent Media Center's website took credit for the vandalism and said the act was "a consequence for the hatred and homophobia in our community."

Christian Liberty Academy has hosted a number of previous events for AFTAH, including the controversial "Truth Academy" seminars to instruct young people how to "combat" the "gay agenda."