DALLAS, TX (WWBT/AP) - A former Baptist minister, who reportedly vowed to set himself on fire if the high court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, is still alive.
Rick Scarborough, a Christian political activist, made the bold declaration during a conversation with right-wing minister and Virginia politician E.W. Jackson on the National Emergency Coalition Show, which is linked to the Staying True to America's National Destiny (STAND) group.
"We are not going to bow. We are not going to bend, and if necessary we will burn!" Scarborough said. Although the pastor did not explicitly state that he would self-immolate in protest of gay marriage, as some have suggested.
Scarborough was also quoted saying: "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!'" He went on to claim that same-sex marriage comes from Satan. "We now have a race of humans that don't want to acknowledge that there's a God," he said.
UPDATE: Pastor Scarborough just provided this comment: "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 Nebucahdnezzar or burn in a furnace. '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."