Long-shot Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate and pro-family advocate Scott Lively says he is being targeted with death threats thanks to a report last week from the gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
In the report, entitled “The Export of Hate,” HRC identified what it says is “advocacy of bigotry and anti-LGBT policies” by Lively and approximately a dozen other leaders of pro-family organizations. The goal of the report, according to HRC, is to highlight the work and resources of these leaders, as they relate to international views and policies on same-sex relationships.
Lively is now saying that he has seen his life threatened twice since the HRC report came out. In a post at BarbWire.com, Lively writes that “two men, obviously deranged, have been incited to action” by the report.
He includes the graphic text of two e-mails he says he received from the men.
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“[W]e will take him to the woods, rip out his throat….put a hungry rat into his throat,” wrote someone identified by Lively as Lloyd Cooper. The other, a “Robert Berger” who says he is not homosexual, wrote that he “would like to see [Lively] slowly lowered into a vat of acid.”
In his original response to the HRC report, on his blog, Lively had said that “HRC has targeted me for murder.”
He also said that while “not every 'gay' activist is physically violent,” he believes that “if they thought they could get away [with] killing every person on the HRC and SPLC hit lists, they would do it. They smolder with malicious hatred against anyone who stands in their way.”
The HRC report also insinuates that Lively supports the 2014 Ugandan law that jails those convicted of homosexual acts. However, Lively told The Daily Caller that he opposes the law, as well as its predecessor, which included the death penalty for engaging in homosexual acts.
Other people highlighted in the HRC report included, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) president Brian Brown, Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, Peter Labarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, and Paul Cameron of the Family Research Institute.
HRC did not immediately return a request for comment related to Lively's claims.
The report comes barely two years after a gay man attempted to assassinate a security guard at the Family Research Council (FRC), using information from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). According to SPLC, the FRC is a hate group.