Bob Eschliman – June 8, 2017
Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Ponsor issued a decision in a case he doesn’t even have jurisdiction to decide, and used inflammatory and discriminatory statements to describe the defendant, who is an evangelical pastor who holds a biblical view on human sexuality.
According to attorneys representing Pastor Scott Lively in a case brought by Sexual Minorities Uganda, an LGBT activist group represented in court by the George Soros-funded Center for Constitutional Rights, Ponsor said the pastor was a “crackpot bigot” and used other demeaning phrases, such as “pathetic,” “ludicrous” and “abhorrent” to describe his Christian views. They further stated in an appeal filed on Lively’s behalf that Ponsor, “without even a pretense of legal or factual analysis,” determined that his Christian beliefs and pro-family activism “violated ‘international law’ and that Lively’s peaceful speaking on homosexuality in Uganda somehow ‘aided and abetted’ crimes supposedly committed by people Lively has never even spoken to or met.”
“Judge Ponsor’s vitriolic order is clearly unlawful,” Liberty Counsel Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel Horatio Mihet said.