Represented by a George Soros-funded, “civil rights” group, SMUG attempts to sue Lively under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which allows certain aliens to sue in the United States for torts committed against them in the United States.
“ATS is not a blanket delegation of lawmaking to the democratically unaccountable international community,” Staver said. “Like all American citizens, Rev. Lively enjoys a fundamental First Amendment right to engage in nonviolent political discourse anywhere in the world.
“What SMUG cavalierly labels as ‘crimes against humanity’—the most heinous of all crimes—is actually nothing more than civil, peaceful, political discourse in the public square on a subject of great public concern,” he continued.
“When SMUG sued Rev. Lively in a Massachusetts federal court, it launched a direct assault on the supremacy of the United States Constitution. Rev. Lively did not check his First Amendment rights at the airport before departing for Uganda,” Staver concluded.