Rick Scarborough: ‘He was taken too literally’

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


4 thoughts on “Rick Scarborough: ‘He was taken too literally’”

  1. What will I do with all these marshmallows?

    Self-aggrandizing nutjobs like this pastor always have an “out” if called on for their apocalyptic predictions. What amazes me is that anyone with an IQ over their shoe size would follow him.


  2. Religulosity: *noun* Insisting on a literal interpretation of a mishmash of heavily redacted, two- and three-thousand-year-old ignorance, tribalism and credulity while complaining that one has been taken too literally when called on one’s own intemperate words.


  3. Obviously people knew he would not set himself on fire, yet the reaction he got was not what he was expecting, especially on social media, where people were offering matches and fluid to help him, he tried to manipulate public opinion and it backfired…anyway, he can set himself on fire or he can jump the the Golden Gate bridge… he´s irrelevant and same-sex marriage is a reality south of the border…end of the story.


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