In the lead up to today’s major victory for marriage equality, the religious right made quite a few proclamations. These were mostly limited to holding their breath, stomping their feet, and throwing their sippy cups, but some of them, like a former Baptist pastor from Texas, were more serious in nature.
Rick Scarborough, a Christian political activist, one-upped all of the other temper tantrums by boldly declaring during a conversation with right-winger E. W. Jackson on the National Emergency Coalition show that he would undergo self-immolation if gay marriage won.
For those wondering where they can send the box of matches, you can mail it to Vision America, in Luftkin, Texas.
During the podcast, which is connected to the Staying True to American’s National Destiny (STAND) group, Scarborough said that, “We are not going to bow. We are not going to bend, and if necessary we will burn.”
Canny readers will note that, in true legalistic fashion, he didn’t mention self-immolation directly if love triumphs over bigotry. That’s just how they roll; they make it sound serious but they leave themselves an emergency exit because, unlike either of these men, right-wingers don’t have the character or fortitude to truly stand on anything other than the backs of minorities.
He was also quoted as saying that, “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 believes gay marriage comes from Satan and that, “We now have a race of humans that don’t want to acknowledge that there’s a God.”
And this is a bad thing?
He’s still MIA as of this writing.