Rick Scarborough, a religious fundamentalist and former Southern Baptist pastor, says he intends to set himself on fire in protest of marriage equality.
In a "National Emergency Coalition" conference call between two Christian fundamentalist preachers, former Houston-area pastor Rick Scarborough told former Virginia GOP politician E.W. Jackson that he would rather burn than "sanction" a same-sex marriage.
"We are not going to bow. We are not going to bend, and if necessary we will burn," Scarborough said — suggesting that he'd self-immolate in protest of a forthcoming marriage equality ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Right Wing Watch published Scarborough's concernedly suicidal remarks. As far as I can tell through online research, Scarborough is totally ineffectual, entertaining a few grey hairs longing for their day, lost in memory of previous anti-gay times.
"The preachers need to get out front, the leaders need to get out front, out front of these ordinary citizens and say, 'Shoot me first,'" Scarborough also said.
And, of course, he imagines same-sex marriage as from Satan.
"The end game is the complete destruction of the church of the Lord Jesus, the replacement of it with this liberal theology that’s not a theology, it’s a philosophy, human-made, it goes back to the Garden of Eden when Satan wanted to be God. We now have a race of humans that don’t want to acknowledge that there’s a God."
At sixty-five years old, Scarborough qualifies for retirement with reasonable social safety benefits. And, nothing more.