Scott Lively

In a rambling press release today, Scott Lively has issued a call for a prayer vigil at the Supreme Court and all federal courts. The rabidly anti-gay Lively (who insists that calling him “anti-gay” is a slur) pleads:

Let us band together in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14 to promote and
conduct a continual prayer vigil and stand-out for marriage at SCOTUS
(or any Federal Courthouse for those who can’t get there) from now until
the ruling comes out, probably in June.

Lively is the leader of a certified anti-gay hate group, Abiding Truth Ministries. Among other things Lively claims we are at the End Times due to homosexual advocacy. Lively is also the schmuck who wrote a book claiming that gays were responsible for the Holocaust. According to him Nazi persecution of gays was just a myth. He has also claimed that Obama is secretly gay and that he is the Anti-Christ. With those things in mind I was struck by the following paragraphs in his press release:

This is our last stand for marriage as a free society. If SCOTUS declares “gay marriage” a constitutional right by judicial fiat there will be nothing left for us to do but resist.

Only God can save us from the calamity and disgrace of defiling His institution of marriage in our official national policy.

Exactly how Lively intends to resist remains unexplained. Lively concludes:

Let us take the authority we have in Him, and the freedom we have as
Americans, to join together to surround the federal judges with such a
hedge of prayer that they will be forced to bow their knee to the one
who created marriage as the foundation of all human civilization — one
man and one woman. 

It’s the Tinkerbell approach. If everyone claps then Tink will come back to life. If sufficient people pray that the Supreme Court will not find that same-sex marriage bans insult the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment then so it shall be. The problem, of course, is that the track record for the results of prayer is dismal. Furthermore, we could summon considerable numbers who would pray (quite fervently) that the Supreme Court will find virtue in equality. Tinkerbell was make-believe. And Lively’s ideas about faith?

If Lively’s omnipotent God wanted to stop marriage equality he had his chance in United States v. Windsor which has become the predicate for scores of federal and state court rulings that Lively doesn’t like. Presumably the authors of the First Amendment had to contend with crackpots in their time. It is why the free exercise clause is coupled to the establishment clause.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.