Is a tragedy about to unfold?
A Texas pastor is sort of saying he will set himself on fire if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favour of marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Rick Scarborough views same-sex marriage as a Satanic plot, The Advocate reports. He sees it as an attack on God.
And he is pointing the finger at the Supreme Court justices who are soon to rule on whether state bans on same-sex marriage should be overturned. “They’re after God,” he said.
His words wouldn’t be noteworthy if he didn’t allegedly have thousands of followers, some 45,000 by his estimate.
Indeed, he could be a very dangerous man, because it is one thing to burn yourself to death in protest over something, but it is quite another if your sheep follow suit.
Not that he is encouraging his flock to immolate themselves yet, but he has also “claimed that religious leaders should offer themselves up to be shot dead” as a way to protest against same-sex marriage, Pink News reports.
Hopefully, he is all talk and no action, because we have seen in the past how religious fanatics with a bit of authority can lead their flocks to their deaths.
Think Jim Jones and the mass murder-suicides — almost 1,000 — of his followers in Guyana in 1978.
Texas authorities should do the responsible thing and, at the very least, investigate this man. If he is, in fact, truly threatening to commit suicide and is encouraging others to do so, he should be arrested and charged, and given psychiatric care.
Let’s hope that this doesn’t develop into another tragic news story in the months to come.
— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor
“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey