Pastor Chickens Out: I Didn’t Actually SAY I Would Self-Immolate Over Gay Marriage

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Apparently, Pastor Rick “The Human Torch” Scarborough‘s convictions mean nothing to him. Just before the landmark Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide that conservatives think will usher in a new age of darkness, complete with plagues of toads and blood rain, Scarborough made an oopsie: He said that, should gay marriage be legalized nationwide, he would set himself ablaze.

“We’re simply being preemptive and saying, no matter what the cost, we are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and we will burn,” Scarborough said during a recent National Emergency Coalition conference call hosted by fellow homophobic bigot E.W. Jackson.

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in favor of marriage equality must have been difficult on the pastor. This, unfortunately (for him), left Scarborough with only a few options:

  1. In an extreme act of cowardice, he could abandon his convictions and attempt to explain away his remarks.
  2. He could just f*cking do it already.
  3. He could have some pie and wait it out (Conservatives don’t hate pie, right?)

Scarborough chose Option 1. In a statement issued to KFYO, the pastor “clarified” that he and his 45,000 followers he says are “prepared to go to prison if necessary” to defy the law, “do not support any violence or physical harm.”

“I made that comment to paraphrase a spiritual song, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in which the three were given a choice—to bow to the image of Nebuchadnezzar or burn in a furnace,” Scarborough said in the statement. “‘We will burn’ means that we will accept any sanction from the government for resisting today’s Supreme Court decision. We do not support any violence or physical harm.”

During the same call, Scarborough had encouraged pastors to say, “shoot me first” if bakeries, and florists are “persecuted” for refusing service to LGBT individuals. He has not explained that remark.

Scarborough has been widely mocked on the interwebs for his comments — especially on Wikipedia where he was briefly known as “The Human Torch.”

Look, if you’re going to make threats about self-immolation, that’s fine. But when the very thing that you feared would happen…happens, construct an effigy and burn it or somethingDon’t bloviate when things don’t go your way. Don’t make excuses. Own it.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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