If you’ve ever hoped conservatives would just shut the f*ck up about marriage equality and light themselves on fire or something, you might just get your wish. Homophobic hate pastor Rick Scarborough, who says he has 44,500 followers prepared to go to join in defense of so-called “traditional marriage,” appears to have promised to set himself on fire to fight gay marriage.
While some Christians have promised to divorce if gay marriage passes in their neck of the woods, Scarborough decided he would not be outdone. “We’re simply being preemptive and saying, no matter what the cost, we are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and we will burn,” Scarborough said on a recent National Emergency Coalition conference call hosted by fellow hatemonger E.W. Jackson.
While Scarborough plans to “burn” in opposition of two people who love one another getting married, he has an idea for pastors who support his insane and hateful viewpoints: Go get yourselves shot.
“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,’” said Scarborough said, referencing bakers and florists (and, we suppose, pizza shop owners) who are being “persecuted” for their desire to persecute others.
According to Scarborough, gay marriage is a Satanic plot. “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,” he said. “We now have a race of humans that don’t want to acknowledge that there’s a God.”
“They’re after God,” he said of the Supreme Court Justices who may soon strike down state bans on same-sex marriage. “This country better be aware, we’ve suffered a lot of injustices, but I’m not sure God is going to tolerate this one very long.”
“So we have an extraordinary moment where we might be losing just about everything…if an adverse decision is not met with resistance,” Scarborough warned of the upcoming Supreme Court decision in another conference call with Jackson — and why not? After all, marriage equality will make Christianity illegal, apparently.
“We don’t capitulate, we fight until we die, we push back with all our might,” Scarborough said earlier this year, comparing the fight against equality with Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s fight against the Nazis, which led to his death.
“Are we going to sit back and let the country be destroyed? Or as believers, are we going to stand up and be counted?” he asked. “As for me and my house, we’re going to serve the Lord for this, we’re going to go to jail if necessary, we are not going to take this just sitting back and watching it.”
Scarborough’s hatred is shared by a fringe of the religious Right, including Tempe, Arizona pastor Stephen Anderson, who presented a cure for AIDS (which both Anderson and Scarborough believe is a “gay” disease) in December: Execute all the “homos”, “faggots”, and “reprobate.”
“Turn to Leviticus 20:13,” Anderson told his congregation, “because I actually discovered the cure for AIDS.” Anderson explained that “everybody’s talking about” having an AIDS-free world by 2020. He explained that “we can have an AIDS-free world by Christmas” if we would follow what it says in Leviticus.
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them,” he quoted from Leviticus. “And that, my friend, is the cure for AIDS. It was right there in the Bible all along — and they’re out spending billions of dollars in research and testing. It’s curable — right there. Because if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant.”
Christians across the country need to rise up and condemn men who use their religion to push hatred — or, at minimum, tax exempt status must be revoked for any religious organization that pushes a political agenda — including attempts to deny rights to LGBT individuals.
It’s that simple.
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