Rick Scarborough Willing to Burn Because of Gay Marriage

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.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    What’s he waiting for?

    Back during the Vietnam war, Buddhist monks were dousing themselves with gasoline and lighting themselves on fire to make political points. Of course, they actually believed in the what they were doing and that it was worth dying in agony to make the point.

    Self-immolations does rather underscore the whole “light unto the nations” thing.

  • wreck

    “it goes back to the Garden of Eden…”

    Whenever someone says this, I believe the only response should be: “Sit down and shut up. The adults are talking.”

  • frankgturner

    Ironically DC I was thinking the same thing. Why wait for them to tie you to a post to burn?


    If he does douse himself with gasoline and light himself on fire maybe we can roast marshmallows or have a barbeque! (Sarcasm).

  • D. C. Sessions

    Over a gasoline fire? Ick.

    Besides, I’m pretty sure he’s toxic.

  • John Pieret

    and if necessary, we will burn

    OK, this is bad of me …

    … but is that why they are called “fagots”?

  • kenn

    “Willing to burn,” my ass. This guy doesn’t have guts enough to endure a self-inflicted paper cut.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    You don’t get it, Ed. Teh Gay is contagious. If you tolerate it in any way, shape, or form, you risk catching it. Letting gay people marry will be the last straw — it will turn the whole country gay. Not just every person in America will become gay, but the country itself will become gay, just like what happened to Canada. Brave Sir Rick is willing to die horribly to save America from this horror.

  • dingojack

    frankgturner — don’t even joke:

    From the FoAW:

    Madame Nhu publicly mocked Thích Quảng Đức, who performed a self-immolation on 11 June 1963, in a crowded Saigon street to protest against the shooting of Buddhists by Diệm’s regime. Nhu labelled it a “barbecue” and stated, “Let them burn and we shall clap our hands.” She further offered to provide more fuel and matches for the Buddhists, noting his “barbecuing” was not “self-sufficient” because “imported gasoline” was used. The monk’s suicide followed Ngo Dinh Nhu’s repression of the Buddhist-fuelled protests and was responsible for the regime’s continuing instability. Historian Howard Jones said that these comments “all but put the finishing touch on the Diệm regime”.


  • marcus

    @7 I miss Canada.

  • dingojack

    “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.”

    If satan wanted to be god, and the only way to achieve that end was to convince humans not to believe in gods, how does that further satan’s goal, since humans won’t believe in him as a god because they don’t believe gods?

    Logic – how duZ it Wurk?


  • dingojack

    Also will not believing in god(s) make them disappear? If so, then they’re not very powerful are they, in that they rely on the vagaries of human beliefs? Doesn’t that make them ‘human created’ and controlled, which was the very thing of which numbnuts was complaining…


  • raven


    On 2 November 1963, Diệm and Nhu, were assassinated in a coup d’état led by General Dương Văn Minh (Armed Forces Council) with the understanding that the United States would not intervene.

    Dredging up not so ancient history here. I was a kid when all that happened and unfortunately, remember it well. It didn’t work out well for Madame Nhu.

    Nhu was her husband and Diem was her brother in law. Both were assassinated with the USA not opposing it.

  • dingojack

    Well not so bad as for the brothers, she (allegedly) lived on the French Rivera in the 90’s and died in Rome in 2011 (Aged 86)*.

    :( Dingo


    * now (allegedly) being immolated for eternity in hell (or some such nonsense)

  • Peter B

    “Burn” as in he will use SPF15 when SPF50 is needed. Yes, burn like Hell.

  • lorn

    I feel a sudden desire to send Rick Scarborough some matches.

  • frankgturner

    @ dingojack #8 and DC #4

    The point I was making is that while lighting yourself in fire makes a point, the point is hatred and bigotry. While I respect human life and would prefer that people NOT do this it is humorous to consider the practical use of self imposed immolation ishumorousof bigots as fuel for cooking. Although given that this is an uncontrolled fire and could hurt others it is not a good idea by any stretch of my imagination.


    I would continue the joke and say something to the effect of the use of propane gas or methanol rather than petroleum fossil fuels. It seems like the humor is lost at this point.


    Also @ dingojack #11

    I have made the point several times in other boards that many Xtians seem to suffer from the delusion that life is like a JM Barrie novel which relates to that concept.

  • frankgturner

    @ John Pieter #5

    I was aware that the word “fagot” was used to describe a bundle of stocks tied together commonly used to start a fire. I read somewhere that the origin of the use of the word as a perjorative to refer to homosexuals came from an individual being executed by burning when homosexual activity was considered a capital crime. This link gives some info even though it is not where I originally read it the same point is made, http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=faggot ).


    I find it ironic and strangely amusing that the use of the word as a perjorative would be used as a reference to bigotry.

  • noe1951

    So he’s willing to burn, but only if the preachers get out in front and say “Shoot me first”. What bravery. hehehehehe

  • sugarfrosted

    @17, the thing you linked says specifically that that’s and urban myth.

  • dhall

    When the time comes to put up or shut up, I wonder how many of his followers will actually show up to die for the cause. I wonder if he will actually show up to die for the cause. Somehow, I doubt it. He’ll just move on to whatever is next on his list of things to rant about.

  • carpenterman

    “I will endure all the attacks on me that no one will ever make, and suffer all the persecution that I will never face, to protest this law that does not affect me in any way!”

    Seriously, man: NO ONE is going to shoot you, first or last. You’re just not that important.

    You know, maybe THAT’S what people like this find so utterly intolerable; the fact that not many people really care what they think.

  • frankgturner

    @ sugarfrosted #19

    Which makes it even more ironic that it would be used to describe bigots, doesn’t it? The Urban Legend provides for some interesting thought in the matter. It is a moot point though. Language is dynamic and ever changing. Words have power as perjorative because we give them power.


    Homosexuals have power over Scarborough because he gives them such power. If he and other conservatives could learn to let it go and get on with their lives we would all be better off. That takes time and effort and a desire to let such things go.

  • D. C. Sessions

    The point I was making is that while lighting yourself in fire makes a point, the point is hatred and bigotry.

    In this case, yes. In the Buddhist case, not — they were protesting the cruel and unjust actions of their government, and that immolation arguably played a key role in getting the government overthrown. But killing yourself to protest injustice has a long and honored history. Christians, at least officially, revere martyrs of that type — and in fact, that’s what Scarborough is trying to do: claim the mantle of martyrdom without having to actually, you know, suffer actual martyrdom.

    The point of bringing up the Buddhists is to point out what a hypocrite and coward this self-proclaimed “man of faith” is. Because a bunch of orange-robed pagans manifestly have more faith and sense of justice than he does for all of his talk.

  • frankgturner

    @ DC # 23

    Precisely, and we recognize that despite all of his rant, he is not really being forced to do anything of significance. Don’t approve of gay marriage? Don’t get one!


    He’ll he does not even have to shut up about whatever bad things it will do to society. society’s and his other bigots can delude themselves all they want. The awful thing that he and his followers WILL be forced to do is observe it occurring. It will become harder for some of them to delude themselves into thinking that society is worse off because of it.


    We all have to live with things that we don’t like and disapprove of, they complain. I say tough shit for them.

  • Larry

    I got some marshmallows. Somebody wanna bring the chocolate bars and graham crackers?

  • whirligig

    If he does set himself on fire and we’re just a little bit slow unzipping to put him out, will that finally be proof that he’s the most persecuted person in the history of history? Does he get a medal for that?

  • Al Dente

    whirligig @26

    Does he get a medal for that?

    Only if he throws himself on top of a hand grenade as well. Sorry, them’s the rules.

  • frankgturner

    @ whirligig #26

    In his mind he is the most persecuted person in the history of history regardless.


    The rest of society may not agree but he can live in the castle in the sky that he built for himself if he wants to, as long as we don’t have to then ok.

  • hunter

    Note to Rick Scarborough: Nobody cares.