We at The Contemplative Thinker owe a debt of sincere gratitude to the site, The Mad Jewess, for covering this before we got it and inscribed our opinions on it. For us, this is simply unconscionable.
A federal judge ruled that a biblically based denunciation of homosexuality was a “crime against humanity.”
In his decision in the case of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) v. Lively, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Ponsor held that Scott Lively, an evangelical pastor, was “aiding and abetting a crime against humanity” when Lively spoke in Uganda and in America against homosexual behavior.
We are not sure what any of that means with the exception that a loose cannon federal judge is trying to enforce laws that have no standing here in the United States.
Ponsor wrote in his 79-page opinion that Lively’s message was “analogous to a terrorist designing and manufacturing a bomb in this country, which he then mails to Uganda with the intent that it explode there.”
That is a little too much of our understanding of the law (or any sane person’s.) This much we do know: One, it has become seriously questionable as to whether or not the federal judge has read or studied the U.S. Bill of Rights or simply if he understands what he is doing. Plain and simple – this Judge Michael Ponsor is attempting to legislate from the bench.
The plaintiff in the case is a consortium of groups based in Kampala, Uganda that fight for “fair and equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people” in the East Africa region.
Ponsor says that Lively, by publishing tracts and delivering discourses condemning same-sex relationships, was acting as “an upper-level manager or leader of a criminal enterprise.”
Well then there you have it…this judge is not short on words or even his understanding of standard business protocol.
Ponsor, a 1994 Clinton appointee, calls Lively’s Ugandan hosts “co-conspirators” in Lively’s violations of “international norms.” Any person saying such things should be ready to list, identify, and make clear his dissension of them.
Beyond the de jure banning of biblical morality by a Bill Clinton appointee, there is another curious political connection in the persecution of Pastor Lively.
SMUG is represented in its suit against Lively by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). CCR receives substantial financial support from George Soros’s Open Society Institute and the Ford Foundation. It should come as no surprise that these groups would be the money behind an attack on the First Amendment, the Bible, the freedom to exercise religion, and the freedom to express those beliefs in the public forum.
There are serious First Amendment implications in Ponsor’s ruling, should it be upheld on appeal.