Pastor who said Holocaust spurred by gay men to run against Massachusetts governor

JTA

(JTA) — An anti-LBGT attorney and pastor who said gay men spurred the Holocaust will run against Massachusetts’ incumbent governor in the state’s Republican primary.

Scott Lively received the support of 626 of the more than 2,000 delegates at the Massachusetts Republican Party Convention last month, almost double the amount he needed to be listed on the ballot.

Lively is the author of a 1995 book titled “The Pink Swastika,” in which he claimed that the Holocaust was coordinated by gay men who ran the Nazi Party.

He is the founder of an anti-LGBT group, Abiding Truth Ministries, which is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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He will face Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in the September 4 primary, as long as he collects the necessary 10,000 voter signatures seeded for ballot certification, Mass Live reported. He ran as an independent against Baker in 2014.

Lively says on his campaign website that his views on LGBT “are rooted in the Bible. I am deeply concerned for those who self-identify as homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender because the Bible warns that they will suffer great harm, both physically and spiritually. Honest observers can attest that the validity of this warning is manifest around us.”

He says that “abortion is the intentional killing of a living human being and should be criminalized.” In the section on the Second Amendment he says: “The more guns in the hands of responsible citizens, the safer we will all be both from criminals and from any power, foreign or domestic, who would seek to subjugate us.”