It was all a misunderstanding, see . . . People took him too literally.
Texas pastor Rick Scarborough won’t be setting himself on fire to protest against Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favour of same-sex marriage, he said on Friday afternoon — after the court’s decision was announced.
Inquiring minds need to know: Why did the anti-LGBT fundamentalist — who some might say takes things too literally himself — not make his clarification before the court’s decision was announced? Why did he let the ‘misconception’ fester in mainstream media and on social media since last week?
Scarborough had raised the self-immolation issue in a podcast interview, Inquisitr.com reports, saying in response to a question about the depth of his spiritual values: “We are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and if necessary we will burn.”
In yesterday’s statement — after the Supreme Court decision was announced — he finally made this clarification: “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 Nebucahdnezzar or burn in a furnace. ‘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.”
So, while some people may be a tad disappointed, if not surprised, that Rick will be sticking around for a while yet, we should all be happy that he didn’t lead his flock — which numbers some 45,000 people, he claims — into mass suicide.
Indeed, within a year or so, Rick and his followers and all other anti-gay marriage fundamentalists in the United States will see the sky hasn’t fallen, just as it didn’t fall on Canada and other countries after they legalized same-sex marriage.
Life will go on for Rick and co., and they will be oblivious to what goes on in the bedrooms of the nation — except their own, of course.
— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor
“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey