Source: Texas Pastor Rick Scarborough issued a statement clarifying his statement that he would be willing to set himself on fire in his fight against gay rights, now declaring, “We do not support any violence or physical harm.” .
The antigay clergyman from Pearland, Tx., made the remark to right-wing preacher E.W. Jackson in a recorded conference call with supporters on June 16:
“We are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and if necessary we will burn.”
Although it was not clear at the time whether Scarborough meant those words to be taken literally or figuratively, the fiery pastor issued a statement to KFYO News several hours after the high court issued its ruling Friday morning, walking back his remarks to clarify he was not planning a self-immolation.
“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,” said Scarborough.”‘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 previously made headlines with a full-page newspaper ad announcing that he had tens of thousands of followers, including presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, who pledged to go to jail to defend so-called traditional marriage.
That’s it, I have officially lost faith in fundamentalist nutjobs. I thought you people stood for something. I truly believed that you were crazy enough to go down with the ship. All this talk of burning yourselves if gay marriage becomes the law nationwide, and when push comes to shove you give up and surrender like a confederate soldier. Typical southerner. Talks a lot about defiance and rebellion, but in the end they always end up surrendering.
Hey idiot, no one’s buying your excuses. We were told we would get to see a human sacrifice. We all anxiously awaited the big show after the Supreme Court decision yesterday. And what did we get? Some bullshit about how you were quoting a spiritual song no one’s ever heard of before.
Oh yea, and going to jail doesn’t count. Anyone can go to jail for a protest. Barstool Sports went to jail for Tom Brady. You’ve obviously made a lot of money off of gullible redneck who think paying your salary means they’re going to heaven. We know bail money ain’t no thang for you. Ultimately a night in the slammer accomplishes nothing as gay people in your state are still gonna get married anyway. No one’s impressed by a night in the can. We were promised a fire. Commence burning.