Put those matches away. Sadly, there will be no burning pastor.
Pastor Rick Scarborough, who made headlines for declaring that he would be wiling to be burned to death if the Supreme Court decided in favor of marriage equality, is welching on the deal. In spite of the fact that things didn't go his way with the high court, he won't be going all Joan of Arc after all.
"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 Nebuchadnezzar or burn in a furnace," Scarborough said in a statement to Texas news outlet KFYO ."'We will burn' means that we will accept any sanction from the government for resisting today's Supreme Court decision. We do not support any violence or physical harm."
Wait a minute, Rick. You promised!
According to a June 18 report on Right Wing Watch, Scarborough told failed Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial hopeful E.W. Jackson that he and other pastors should get ready to face death as a result of marriage equality. "We are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and if necessary, we will burn."
Christian Today notes that Scarborough further claimed that "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 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 the court does rule this, they will have to step over natural law."
"The preachers need to get out front, the leaders need to get out front," Scarborough said. "Out front of these ordinary citizens and say, 'Shoot me first'."