Over the past few months, many in Augusta have been floored by some of the very public comments that Doug Lively, a member of the Augusta Aviation Commission, has posted on his Facebook page.
Some of these extremely homophobic comments posted on his public Facebook page have caused many folks to ask an obvious question: Should he still be a member of the Augusta Aviation Commission while publicly making such statements?
So, what has Lively been posting?
Around the beginning of June, prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling requiring states to allow same-sex marriages, Lively wrote the following:
“It occurs to me that one of the defenses of Homosexuality is ‘they were born that way.’ Yet the same left wing, social liberals think that it is OK to change your gender, as did Bruce Jenner. Wasn’t he born a man? Someone help me with this dichotomy of logic in the Liberal playbook. And did Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner say he/she is the ‘New Normal?’ Heaven help us all.”
About a week later, Lively criticized a new reality television show on the ABC Family network called, “Becoming Us,” which features a family with a transgender parent.
“Ready to go to bed, and a commercial for an upcoming show ‘Becoming Us’ airs,” Lively posts on June 13 to his public Facebook page. “Teen named Ben says, ‘I’m Ben, She’s Carly. Carly was my Dad.’ From producer Ryan Seacrest. On ABC Family, no less. SMH. I won’t be watching this extension of the latest newsfeed freak show.”
Freak show, eh?
The following week, after writing several posts relating to the Confederate flag and some criticizing President Barack Obama, he made a post regarding Augusta’s own Pride weekend.
“As the Homosexual community gears up for their ‘Pride’ week, let me take this opportunity to invite folks to another type of demonstration,” Lively wrote on June 25. “August 15th, from 8:00 a.m. til 11:00 a.m. there will be a march down Broad Street proclaiming ‘Augusta For Jesus.’ Congregating at Curtis Baptist Church, the group will march down Broad. As I learn more, I will pass along. Time for Christians to light a candle rather than curse the darkness. Let your light shine!”
One day later, the day that the Supreme Court made its ruling on gay marriages, his comments got more pointed regarding his position on homosexuals.
“I do not apologize for what I am going to post,” Lively wrote on June 26. “It is time for Christians to take a stand. I will preface this by saying I do not hate Homosexuals. I have friends who have adopted a Homosexual lifestyle, and they know my position on this. They, like all people, are committing a sin. I commit sin, even though I try not to. I do not try to get society to accept my sin as normal. I ask for forgiveness, then wake a new day to try and do better. So…any comments calling me a hater, haven’t read this part. Also, any comments using vulgar language or attacking another person posting will be deleted. Discourse…yes. Attacks on posters…No. This post is prompted by looking at my onscreen TV guide and seeing a show named ‘The Briefcase.’ It showcases people going through gender change. Today’s Supreme Court decision also has indicated our nation is headed in a wrong direction. That being said, the quote from Edmund Burke is ‘Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.’ rings more true today than ever. The National political ramifications of our direction seem undeniable to me.”
That very same day, Lively again posted about his frustrations regarding transgender people getting national attention.
“Tonight’s ‘What would you do’ is about Transgender,” Lively wrote. “The Water Torture continues. On every show, every network, every angle, we are placed with it ‘front and center.’”
He takes a few hours to post photos of cute little kittens and then he continues his rant about homosexuals and encourages people to read a story about “Why Homosexuality is Not Like Other Sins.”
“Ok, tonight’s post I steal from a good friend who has Homosexuality so in their face it is unparalleled,” Lively wrote on June 27. “I have asked how they deal with it, and the anguish in the voice makes my heart hurt. I would encourage my pro and con friends on Facebook to read digest, maybe read again, then reflect on the content. When I read it, I was jealous Jonathan Parnell was able to boil down the very essence of the issue for Christians. Please, let’s not fight, argue, slam, slander, name call, or otherwise negatively attack each other over this post. Just let the words ring in your head as you read them. Then mull them over, as you would a new food, unsure if you like it or don’t, but letting the taste buds of your social conscience savor before forming an opinion. I hope you find it as enlightening as I did.”
Lively then takes a few weeks off and talks about kittens and women’s bad shopping behaviors.
Then, on July 9, the comments regarding gay citizens in this country continues.
“Bet you didn’t know this! With all the fuss being made, you would think the Homosexual population in America is approaching 50%,” Lively wrote on July 9. “Amazing how such a small group has made such big ripples in the pond of America’s Social fabric. Makes me wonder how 79% claiming to be Christians haven’t had a louder voice!”
On July 12, he reposts a photo with the message that says, “Remember, you exist because your parents were straight.”
During the week of July 15, he travels to West Monroe, Louisiana to eat at Willie’s Duck Diner of the “Duck Dynasty” fame.
Lively then takes a few days to post about Planned Parenthood and the Confederate flag again.
But on July 22, he decides to make a joke about the Confederate flag controversy and gay pride all wrapped up in one.
“It has occurred to me that the rainbow has been hijacked from me,” Lively wrote. “Because of my objection to the Homosexual lifestyle, and their adoption of the rainbow as a symbol, I can no longer wear it without being associated with supporting a sinful lifestyle. I want all rainbow flags removed forthwith, so I am not offended.”
Lively then takes about a month off from his comments regarding homosexuals to talk about the Republican presidential race, the problems with President Obama and the Confederate flag issue.
But, of course, when the clerk in Kentucky, Kim Davis, is jailed because she refuses to issue gay couples marriage license, he returned to his posts on homosexuals.
“You know, I have debated this in my mind over and over again,” Lively wrote on Sept. 6. “I keep coming back to two scriptural references. Daniel in the Lions Den recounted in Daniel Chapters 5 and 6, and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo in the fiery furnace detailed in Chapter 3. Unlike those days in Israel’s history, our nation has not been conquered by outside invaders. Instead, we have been conquered from within. Either way, the results have become the same. Persecution of Christians is coming, and it will have an angry vengeance never before seen in America. As Christians, the Bible (Paul in particular) tells us to rejoice and be honored to suffer for His sake.”
Now, everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. There is no disputing that fact.
If Lively wants to profess his homophobic comments all across Augusta, feel free.
But don’t expect to keep your seat on the Augusta Aviation Commission.
By accepting that seat as a commissioner (and former chairman), you are representing this city and that kind of nonsense is not tolerated.
Even in Augusta, Ga.
If you want to “save” the world from homosexuals, do it on your own time.
Don’t post hateful comments that everyone in the Garden City (and the country, for that matter) can read.
You know why?
The gay community in this area deserves much better.
If you don’t understand that fact, let’s break it down in a language that any self-proclaimed conservative can understand: The gay community in Augusta spends a lot of money traveling.
They have more disposable income than the majority of residents throughout the CSRA.
You want citizens to, “Fly There. Fly Home” like your ads out of Augusta Regional Airport imply?
Well, Mr. Lively, then you need to step down from your seat on the Aviation Commission.
Otherwise, folks in the local gay community need to consider flying out of our neighboring airports such as those in Atlanta, Charlotte, or Columbia, S.C.
And, if there is not the political will here in Augusta for Lively to step down, then you know what?
Mr. Lively, you need to shut the hell up.
That’s language you can understand.