Pastor Who Said He’d Set Himself On Fire Over Same-Sex Marriage Now Saying He Loves The Gays
Pastor Rick Scarborough wants gay people to know he doesn’t hate them, he loves them. This should be interesting…
Pastor Rick Scarborough recently said he would set himself on fire if the Supreme Court found a right for same-sex couples to marry. “We will burn,” he promised.Â “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 added.
Only, he didn’t really mean it, he explained, hours after the Supreme Court did rule in favorÂ of marriage equality.
Now, amazingly, Scarborough is back, with an op-ed published today in Variety, claiming that he doesn’t hate gay people, in fact, he loves them. He loves gay people so much he feels “compelled” to tell them if they keep being gay they’ll go to hell.Â
Now, that’s “real love,” amiright?
“I believe that most homosexuals in America are like most Christians; they simply want to live and let live, and have no desire to impose their beliefs on others,” Scarborough, whose full-time job is to impose his beliefsÂ on others, writes. “But fringe groups on both sides of the debate over marriage are forcing a dangerous polarization in our culture.”
Scarborough is the founder of two fringe groups: Vision America and Tea Party Unity, and heads another fringe group, theÂ Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration. He also likes to pal around withÂ Focus on the Family founderÂ Dr. James Dobson.
“We who believe that homosexuality is wrong,” Scarborough continues at Variety, “are compelled by our love for homosexuals to express that belief, based on biblical revelation, but that does not mean we hate those who embrace homosexuality. In fact, we believe that we are expressing the purist form of love. We love them enough to face their rejection and at times their ridicule, in order to offer Godâ€™s redemption and freedom.”
Are you feeling the love yet?
“We do not hate homosexuals and we are not out to hurt them,”Scarborough claims in his op-ed. “We love them, and we love God, His Word, and His truth.”
“We want homosexuals to know we love them enough to tell the truth and forthrightly state our support of Godâ€™s definition of marriage.”
GLAAD reports Dr. Scarborough says “the AIDS epidemic is God’s ‘judgement as a result of an immoral act,’“Â and “calls it ‘a homosexual disease.”Â
They also report Scarborough “says laws sending gays to prisonÂ were ‘based on the Bible.’“
Of course, then there was the time Pastor Scarborough called for a class action lawsuit against homosexuality.
In Variety, Scarborough asks, “when was the last time a movie or sitcom produced in Hollywood depicted a pastor as caring, loving and selfless?,” and laments, “the typical portrayal of a pastor in a movie is that of an unstable or bigoted hypocrite.”
What Pastor Scarborough should realizeÂ is how Hollywood portrays some pastors â€“Â as hatefilled bigots and hyocrites â€“Â is exactly because of people like him. It’s time to look deep into the mirror, pastor, and apologize, to your fellow pastors, and to the LGBT community, both of whom you’ve harmed, Pastor.
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Florida GOP Lawmaker Who Wrote ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Facing Up to 35 Years After Pleading Guilty in COVID Fraud Case
Joe Harding, the now-former Florida Republican lawmaker who authored the extremist “Don’t Say Gay” bill could face up to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday afternoon to federal felony fraud charges in a scheme to obtain $150,000 in COVID-19 relief funds, according to Florida Politics‘ publisher Peter Scorsch.
Harding, 35, was a construction project manager who started his own lawn care company. He quickly became a right-wing darling after his anti-LGBTQ legislation, officially the Parental Rights in Education Act, was embraced by Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis, who signed it into law.
Harding was charged in a December federal indictment with six counts of wire fraud, money laundering, and making false statements in his plot to obtain $150,000 in COVID funds.He resigned from the legislature the following day. He originally pled not guilty.
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After Harding was charged and resigned, Nadine Smith, the executive director of Equality Florida, responded via social media, saying: “So much harm to students, parents and teachers because of his raw political ambitions. He slandered entire communities and trafficked in lie after lie that has emboldened violent bigotry. He will have his day in court but his legacy is already a despicable one.”
Harding is not the only family member accused of criminal acts.
“Harding’s indictment follows a September guilty plea from his brother-in-law, Patrick Walsh,” Florida Politics reported in December. “As reported by Fresh Take Florida, Walsh pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering charges connected to his receipt of nearly $8 million in disaster relief loans.”
Unrepentant to the harm many feel he has done to children and the LGBTQ community, in a statement Tuesday Harding said: “During the past legislative session I have felt the support of millions of Americans while fighting for our shared concerns and for the rights of parents. I will never forget the support I received from every corner of this great country.”
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Harding will be sentenced in July.
Florida’s Voice also reported Harding’s guilty plea Tuesday.
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Ahead of a possible indictment of Donald Trump, law enforcement agencies are investigating “chilling” threats, including against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, according to top Washington Post investigative reporter Carol Leonnig.
Leonnig was careful to say she is not aware of any of the threats being deemed credible, but also noted that “all sorts of law enforcement agencies” seem to be taking much more interest than some agencies did in the weeks before the January 6, 2021 insurrection.
“I have received copies and screenshots and internal documents and emails flagging concerns about specific protests, investigations into specific online threats that have been made that are not yet determined to be ‘credible and likely to occur’ but have been chilling nonetheless in terms of the threats that have been made about killing certain people,” Leonning, a Pulitzer-Prize winning author, said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” White House.”
“Claims of, you know, ‘Alvin Bragg needs to needs to die,’ and claims online that could just be, you know, bravado, but are being seriously investigated and checked into this time around, ones that were not checked into as clearly at all in the weeks before January 6, despite significant warnings to the FBI about what these threats meant.”
Mirroring Leonnig’s reporting, Rolling Stone, citing law enforcement reports, on Tuesday noted: “Violent extremists are advocating lethal attacks and proclaiming their willingness to die for the cause.”
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“U.S. Capitol Police, the D.C. Fusion Center, and the Federal Highway Administration have all circulated warnings about the uptick in online threats over the past 48 hours. The bulletins and threat assessments detail some of the online threats and discussions about the use of specific tactics and methods for carrying out attacks — including online discussions about lethal attacks if Trump is arrested.”
On Saturday in an explosive series of social media posts Donald Trump urged his supporters to “protest” and “take our nation back.”
That “announcement was met with an immediate increase in violent online rhetoric and expressed threats toward government and law enforcement targets perceived as participating in a political persecution of the former president, as well as calls for ‘Civil War’ more generally.”
The DC Fusion Center, which analyzes threats, in a report stated it “assesses that potential criminal justice actions taken toward a former US president — or actions perceived to be taken toward the former president — remain a ‘line in the sand’ for [Domestic Violent Extremist] communities and thus have the potential to manifest in violence toward government targets or political officials,” Rolling Stone added.
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An 86-year old defense attorney will be allowed to keep his law license after the Missouri Supreme Court in a 4-3 ruling refused to disbar him despite having sexually assaulted six of his clients, all women.
Attorney Dan K. Purdy will be “indefinitely suspended from practicing law but allowed to apply for reinstatement after a year,” The Kansas City Star reports.
“In September 2020, Purdy made sexual advances toward four clients in a Vernon County jail interview room, including touching and kissing, that were confirmed by video provided by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office,” The Star reports. “Each woman was later interviewed by officers and told them Purdy’s advances were unwanted.”
In addition to jail interview roos, Purdy’s sexual advances took place in court and in his car. All were locations where his clients might have felt uncomfortable to complain.
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“Purdy’s clients either did not know or did not realize they could repudiate his sexual advances,” Justice George W. Draper III wrote in the majority opinion.
There are seven justices on the Missouri Supreme Court, four appointed by Republican governors, three by Democratic governors. Four are men, three are women.
The ruling was not along party lines.
“In my view, neither the race, gender, ethnicity, nor age of an attorney should be taken into consideration to determine appropriate discipline,” wrote Justice Zel M. Fischer in his dissent. “In my view, Mr. Purdy’s conduct, which was clearly and explicitly depicted in the video evidence, warrants disbarment.”
“As recognized by the principal opinion, not only did Mr. Purdy sexually assault six female clients, he ‘exhibited a continued pattern or practice of improper and disturbing conduct, which continued, even after the present case was filed against him,'” Fischer noted. [Bolding in original text.]
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