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Texas pastor who said he’d set himself on fire if gay marriage was legalized was just kidding

A Texas pastor who suggested he would set himself on fire in protest if the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, now claims that he was only quoting lyrics from a song and didn’t intend to actually go through with the act in the first place.

A Texas pastor who suggested he would set himself on fire in protest if the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, now claims that he was only quoting lyrics from a song and didn’t intend to actually go through with the act in the first place.

The virulently antigay clergyman, Rick Scarborough, made the comments on June 16 to right-wing preacher E.W. Jackson in a recorded conference call with supporters.

“We are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and if necessary we will burn,” Scarborough said.

He also added that “preachers need to get out front, the leaders need to get out front, in front of these ordinary citizens and say, ‘Shoot me first.’”

Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court made its historic ruling on gay marriage, Scarborough clarified that he wasn’t really going to set himself on fire. He was simply reciting words from a old Christian spiritual to rally the troops.

“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,” Scarborough said.” ‘We will burn’ means that we will accept any sanction from the government for resisting [Friday’s] Supreme Court decision. We do not support any violence or physical harm.”

Scarborough did not clarify another claim he made that was first reported by Right Wing Watch, saying that he would volunteer to say, “Shoot me first,” if pro-marriage supporters threatened “ordinary citizens” who oppose gay marriage.

[The Raw Story, featured image via YouTube]

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  1. Martin Pollard

    June 27, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    He’s in good company with Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Ted Nugent, fellow wingnuts who talked BS and never followed through.

  2. Stuart McDonald

    June 27, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Everything this greedy, scapegoating charlatan says is for the purpose of maximizing donations from his pathetic, brainwashed useful idiot followers. So in that sense, this and everything else he says as a preacher is “just kidding”.

  3. Mike Davis

    June 27, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    And what is the difference between “just kidding” when the joke is serious weeks ago, and outright lying. “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” Guess that doesn’t apply to humor.

  4. Jess Burgen

    June 27, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Guess he doesn’t want to be… [wait for it]… that sore of a loser.

  5. Paul Czapla

    June 27, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Mr. Rick Scarborough feels very passionately about homosexuality and gives new meaning to the term “FLAMER”

  6. Susan Collender

    June 27, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Oh yeah–he probably meant “we will burn someone else”!

  7. Frank C.

    June 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    He’s a hypocrite just like all of the other conservative politicians and religious fakes!

  8. Diana Phoenix

    June 27, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    The Bible states that God spoke from a burning bush. You wouldn’t claim to be speaking for Her would you, pastor?

  9. Michael Vinson

    June 28, 2015 at 12:17 am

    There’s obviously no more reason to take him any more seriously that we do his ‘holy book’ of fables.

  10. Franklin Laferriere

    June 28, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Wait, he does not support violence or physical harm? How come then this disgusting ChristoFascist pastor of hate….has spewed how gays and lesbians should be stoned to death, or put to death?

  11. JoAnne

    June 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I guess he must have thought the SCOTUS would rule against gay marriage in order to prevent him from offing himself. *sarc*

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