Christian conservative Scott Lively has
described a local paper's use of the term “anti-gay pastor” to
describe him as a slur.
Lively, the founder of the
Massachusetts-based Defend the Family International, has pushed for
laws criminalizing gay sex in Uganda, Russia and other nations. He's
previously likened homosexuality to a disease that overwhelms the
In a letter to The Republican,
which he posted on his blog, Lively asks journalists to stop using
the term “anti-gay” to describe him.
“I strongly object to that
characterization, which deliberately misrepresents my opposition to
the mainstreaming of homosexual conduct as hatred of homosexual
“The term 'anti-gay' effectively
mistranslates the pro-family motto 'Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin,'
into 'Hate the Sinner because of the Sin.' As such it is not an
honest descriptor but a slur, and its use by the media is an act of
complicity in a dishonest and manipulative LGBT political tactic.”
Lively said he prefers the term