Rick Scarborough is still selling this inane idea that gay marriage is going to lead to massive Christian persecution in the most melodramatic ways. He recently said that he is willing to “burn” in order to stand up to this non-existent persecution.
Scarborough, who repeatedly predicted that he and other pastors would be arrested and thrown in jail following the passage of the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Act back in 2009, told listeners to get ready to face death as a result of gay marriage: “We are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and if necessary, we will burn.”
“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 said, referring to the bakers and florists who are supposedly being persecuted as a result of gay rights laws.Scarborough went on to say that 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. 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 Supreme Court justices who may move to 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’ve got a two-fer here. First, he’s bragging about how very courageous he is in the face of persecution, which is so easy to do when there is no actual persecution. Second, his big mean invisible buddy is totally gonna beat you up for this. I’m as afraid of that as he is about that persecution he knows he’ll never face.