Evangelist Scott Lively is being sued by an Ugandan gay rights group in federal court in Massachusetts.

The group Sexual Minorities Uganda on Wednesday filed its lawsuit, which claims that Lively “conspired with religious and political leaders in Uganda to whip up anti-gay hysteria with warnings that gay people would sodomize African children and corrupt their culture,” The New York Times reported.

The group claims that Lively is responsible for the persecution, torture and even murder of gay men and lesbians in Uganda.

In 2009, Member of Parliament (MP) David Bahati introduced a bill which prescribed the death sentence for unrepentant gays. After an outcry from Western nations, the legislature passed on Bahati's proposal, but the lawmaker reintroduced it last month.

Bahati is also named in the suit as a co-conspirator.

“That's about as ridiculous as it gets,” Lively told the paper. “I've never done anything in Uganda except preach the Gospel and speak my opinion about the homosexual issue.”

Lively, the founder and president of Abiding Truth Ministries, is the author of The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party, which attempts to draw parallels between the modern gay rights movement and Nazism, and calls gay rights dangerous.

In a blog post from 2009, Lively described his anti-gay advocacy in Uganda, where he addressed members of Parliament, students and Christian leaders.

Last October, the anti-gay rights group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality honored Lively with its American Truth Teller award.