A local chapter of a
California conservative group has invited a controversial
antigay leader to speak at an upcoming meeting. The
Murrieta-Temecula Republican Assembly asked Scott Lively, whose
work maintains that the Nazis were gay-friendly, to address its
members in Riverside County.
The initial meeting,
scheduled for April 3 at the Temeku Hills Golf Course and
Country Club, was canceled by the venue on Tuesday after
threats of demonstrations against Lively.
Assembly president Bob
Kowell told the
that the group still intends to host Lively, at a location to
be determined, perhaps privately.
Lively, a former
Temecula resident who now lives in Massachusetts,
founded the antigay group Abiding Truth Ministries, which is
listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He
is the coauthor of the book
The Pink Swastika
, which argues, against known historical facts, that gay people
held privileged positions in the Third Reich.