"We are not going to bow, we are not going to bend and, if necessary, we will burn," Scarborough told fellow right-wing clergyman E.W. Jackson during the recorded conversation.
But now that SCOTUS has issued its Obergefell v. Hodges decision — ruling that same-sex marriage is indeed protected under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution — Scarborough's tune has shifted somewhat.
From the Advocate:
"'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," said Scarborough.'"We will burn' means that we will accept any sanction from the government for resisting [Friday's] Supreme Court decision. We do not support any violence or physical harm."
Totally. Self-immolation in the name of political causes is a relatively well-documented occurrence. Buddhist monks in East Asia in particular — most famously in their protests against the Vietnam War and, more recently, China's treatment of the people of Tibet — are the group that's perhaps most commonly associated with the practice.
On June 23, 2014, another Texas-based pastor, 79-year-old Charles Moore, died by suicide in his childhood hometown of Grand Saline, Texas, when he set himself on fire in an apparent protest against "capital punishment, racial discrimination [and] prejudice against the LGBT community," the Washington Post reports.
They are company that Pastor Rick Scarborough will apparently not be joining anytime soon.
h/t the Advocate