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Uganda: US evangelist sued for inciting gay hate

US evangelist Scott Lively is being sued for inciting persecution of homosexuals in Uganda.
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Ugandan gays are frightened by the reintroduction of the anti-homosexuality bill in parliament. Here members of the Ugandan gay community mourn at the funeral of murdered gay activist David Kato near Mataba, on Jan. 28, 2011. Although the police claims it was most likely a petty crime, targeting Kato's money, many members of the gay and the human rights community hold the Ugandan government responsible for not battling the growing threats to homosexuals. (Marc Hofer/AFP/Getty Images)

NAIROBI, Kenya — Scott Lively, an evangelical Christian preacher and author of a book called "The Pink Swastika" about, yup, gay Nazis, is being sued by Ugandan gay rights activists who accuse him of inciting the persecution of homosexuals.

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The case brought by Sexual Minorities Uganda, a gay rights organization with an unfortunate acronym, SM-UG, accuses Lively of encouraging local Christian groups and politicians who in 2009 tabled a bill proposing the death penalty for homosexuals.

"Lively has been the man with the plan in this enterprise,” said Pam Spees, senior staff attorney at the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights which filed the lawsuit on behalf of SM-UG.

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Lively is being sued under the "Alien Tort Statute" that enables foreigners to sue US citizens in US courts if they are accused of breaking international laws.

Tracked down by a reporter Lively said he had no knowledge of the lawsuit, telling the New York Times, "That’s about as ridiculous as it gets. I’ve never done anything in Uganda except preach the Gospel and speak my opinion about the homosexual issue."

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Kony 2012 media coverage: roundup (VIDEO)

After the "Kony 2012" video went viral across social media, news outlets took a closer look at criticism and support of Invisible Children, the organization behind the 30-minute documentary.

Kony 2012: Invisible Children spark very visible controversy

The viral campaign Kony 2012 proves the power of social media.
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Ugandan soldiers search through thick vegetation around the Congolese jungle, a longtime hideout for renegade Joseph Kony, leader with a bounty on his head of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army infamous for brutal mutilations on its human victims. (Ben Simon/AFP/Getty Images)

Live by social media, die by social media.

The San Diego based activists Invisible Children clearly have their collective heart in the right place in wanting to end the reign of terror of Joseph Kony, once of Uganda, now more likely to be found in Central African Republic. Or Congo. Or South Sudan.

And if their hugely successful fund-raising means they get to travel and make hi-def films that resonate with their high school and college-aged followers while they're at it, who are we to argue.

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But the success of their recently launched viral campaign Kony 2012 on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook has attracted some criticism and triggered some unhappy repercussions for them.

One is forensic analysis of their financial records. Another is this photo, now making its way around the internet of the freshfaced lads with some very big guns:

Not a good snapshot for a group of well-meaning peaceniks.

But then again it was largely their advocacy for ending the war that persuaded President Obama to send 100 military "advisors" to Africa to "remove Kony from the battlefield" last year.

So who are we really calling peaceniks?

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Kony 2012 campaign criticized for dumbing down conflict

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Viral campaign "Kony 2012" set to take down war criminal (VIDEO)

In perhaps the most ambitious viral marketing campaign in the history of the internet, Kony 2012 looks to use the web and social media to hunt down and arrest an indicted war criminal before year's end.

In one of the most ambitious viral marketing campaigns in internet history, activists are hoping the web can take down one of the world’s most wanted war criminals, Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army.

The internet exploded in response to a video about Kony, the fanatical Ugandan man who heads the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a violent rebel group that says it wants to rule by the Ten Commandments but is known for committing atrocities against civilians in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for five leading members of the LRA, including Kony, in October of 2005 on 33 charges including murder, rape, and the enlistment of child soldiers. Since 1987, the ICC estimates that the LRA has kidnapped more than 30,000 children and forced them into combat.

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In less than 48 hours after the 30-minute documentary was posted to various sites across the web, the "Kony 2012" campaign was trending worldwide on Twitter, covering Facebook newsfeeds and on the front page of Reddit. The campaign, produced by the Invisible Children movement, seeks to make Joseph Kony one of the most infamous people in the world. 

“If the world knows who Joseph Kony is, it will unite to stop him. It starts here,” reads the campaigns website

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