Texas pastor the next Jim Jones?

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


6 thoughts on “Texas pastor the next Jim Jones?”

  1. Somebody get him the matches and some fluid…I find it funny how fundamentalist religious people always welcome court decisions only when they help them advance their political/religious agenda and impose their beliefs and precepts on others. It is quite paradoxical that many of those religious leaders and God-fearing Christians who decry equal rights and sing threnodies about the destruction of traditional marriage do not hesitate to divorce and get married repeatedly while trampling on the sanctity of their own marriages…Jimmy Swaggart was caught hooking up with prostitutes in New Orleans, Jim Bakker, the Bible-thumping pastor from The PTL Club raped Jessica Hahn and scammed millions from his followers…Ted Haggard, caught hiring male prostitutes…the list goes on and on. Those types and their followers are the ones who claim moral superiority and intend to define marriage and force their religious definition and moral guidelines to others..


  2. There is more to this than meets the eye or what is posted in the media . 1 ) any one can say they r Christians including pastors 2 lwhat the Bible says about homosexuality is correct , and even evolution does not support homosexuality, which ever one u choose 3 ) the issue in the lgbt agenda is to rename there desires and want others to accept there life style regardless of what any one else believes . there is nothing wrong with the same sex living together the Bible would support this. the problem is sex with your own gender nature does not support this for procreation and neither does the Bible . . these views should not beforeced on others any more than beasteality or pedeophiles 4 ) how people treat others ??? That just shows whether u follow God or Satan. Jesus never did persecute any one but he did call wrong ,a wrong and Christians should be the same

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Steven. Diversity in opinions and discussion are encouraged here.

      I understand the Christian viewpoint you put forth. Thing is, not everybody is a Christian and shares those beliefs. Personally, I am very spiritual — a Theosophist — but I don’t see spirituality the same way you or the Texas pastor might.

      Which is why I think we have to live and let live. I think Christians who believe same-sex marriage is morally wrong should simply not engage in that sort of activity. But I don’t think they should have the right to dictate the parameters of other people’s lives.


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    2. Steven – It’s kind of hard to follow your painful grammar but where are you being forced into the gay lifestyle?

      If you are so pious to the Old Testament, all of the recent translations of it, then please consider this:

      Adherents to Leviticus say that God will only bless marriages exactly like Adam and Eve, although God never makes that assertion in the Bible. Only two chapters after Adam and Eve, we discover a polygamous marriage in Genesis 4:19—one man with two women.

      Does Genesis 19 say that God destroyed Sodom for the sin of homosexuality? No, this argument collapses when we notice that although the Bible mentions Sodom 48 times, it never mentions homosexuality in the context of any of those 48 verses. Not once.

      Does Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 prove that God hates the sin of homosexuality? This ignores the context of “thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind.” The context is of prostitution in worship of Molech and Ashtoreth, his fertility goddess consort (Leviticus 18:3, 21-22; 20:2, 3, 4, 5, 13).

      Does Matthew 19:3-12 prove that God only accepts male-female marriage relationships. This ignores a clearly stated exception for eunuchs, to Jesus’ teaching, which he makes in Verses 11-12. Jesus lists three classes of eunuchs who cannot receive his teaching about Adam and Eve marriage. The first class he mentions is “born eunuchs” (individuals born anatomically whole, who have not been physically castrated but who are not inclined toward heterosexual marriage).

      Does Romans 1:26-27 prove that God prohibits all homosexual relationships. This ignores the historical and religious context in which Roman Christians received Paul’s letter. The issue for Paul and for God was prohibiting Christians from engaging in fertility goddess worship, not prohibiting committed, faithful, non-cultic same-sex partnerships.

      Does 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10 prove that homosexuals cannot go to heaven? This ignores the fact that the words malakoi and arsenokoites were never used in the first century, with the primary or exclusive meaning of homosexual. Even anti-gay scholars like Dr. Gordon Fee admit that malakoi and arsenokoites were rarely if ever used to mean homosexual in the first century.

      Does Jude 7 prove that God destroyed Sodom because of homosexuality. This question dies a well-deserved death when we point out that the Greek word for “strange” flesh is heteros, from which we get our English word heterosexual. Jude says the fleshly sin committed by the men of Sodom was heterosexual sin. Had Jude or God intended us to believe that homosexuality was the sin of Sodom, they would have used the Greek word homoios, from which we get our English word homosexual. If homoios had been used, that would have been our textual clue that the sin of Sodom was homosexuality.

      Is eating shellfish is an abomination according to Leviticus11:10, or it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality? I am confused because aren’t the punishment for both the same – death?

      Leviticus 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

      Leviticus 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. Does this mean that I can own Canadians?

      Most of my male friends get their hair cut, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by the bible, in Leviticus 19:27. How should they die? Or is this another lesser abomination than homosexuality?

      Leviticus 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

      Does a farmer violate Leviticus 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton and polyester blend). Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? – Leviticus 24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? Leviticus 20:14

      And what about Hebrews 8:13 “In that Christ says ‘a new covenant,’ Christ has made the first obsolete.”? Doesn’t that make strict adherence to Leviticus irrelevant, or is it just convenient for you to obey only those laws in Leviticus that fit your prejudice and hatred while ignoring those other pesky laws in Leviticus that you couldn’t keep if you tried?

      Keeping company with those who are searching for truth, and running from those who have found it.

      Yes, I do pray to your god: “Dear Lord, please deliver me from those people you speak to directly.”

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  3. While nothing that happens in Texas surprises me any more, I don’t think he’ll actually do it. I’m certain no filthy rich evangelical ministers would follow in his footsteps in the unlikely event he fulfilled the threat. A good many Jim Jones followers didn’t drink the Kool Aide willingly; they had to choose between a bullet or the drink.
    The vast majority of Americans support gay marriage now. There’s been a sea change on the issue in recent years as people became accustomed to the idea. Despite all the strange things that emerge from our popular culture most of us are pretty conservative with new ideas. Once they sink in though we’ll often go with it. The problem with the Christian Rights ideas on marriage is they are using the wrong book as their reference; there’s a far better explanation as to its purpose in Pride and Prejudice than the Bible.

    Happy Pride, Jillian 🙂


  4. You can’t arrest someone for being an idiot. We don’t have enough jails.

    However, if he is threatening suicide then you can hold him for a psych observation. If any of his followers do kill themselves he can be charged as an accessory to murder, depending on which state he is in.

    I’ll bring marshmallows.

    That means, I am fine if these religious nuts want to thin their gene pool.


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