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Texas pastor denies plan to set self on fire if gay marriage was legalized, was only quoting a song

 | Raw Story | June 27, 2015

A Texas pastor who thundered that he would “Burn, if necessary” to stop the Supreme Court from legalizing gay marriage, claims he was only quoting from an old spiritual and that he has no intention on setting himself on fire, reports the Advocate.

In — literally — a ‘fire and brimstone‘ proclamation, Pastor Rick Scarborough said he and his fellow pastors should band together to halt the growing threat of same sex marriage, saying, “We are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and if necessary, we will burn.”

Twenty-four hours after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage, Scarborough explained that he wasn’t really going to set himself on fire — he was just using the words of a Christian spiritual to rally the troops.

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Supreme Court’s Marriage Ruling is Shocking Abuse of Power, Will Never Be Accepted

Contact: J.P. Duffy or Alice Chao, Family Research Council, 866-372-6397

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins responded today to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision forcing the people in all 50 states to embrace same-sex “marriage,” regardless of their votes to define marriage in their states as a man-woman institution.

Of the decision FRC President Tony Perkins said:

“Five justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature.

“In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the Constitution, in our history, and in our traditions, the Court has done serious damage to its own legitimacy.

“No court can overturn natural law.  Nature and Nature’s God, hailed by the signers of our Declaration of Independence as the very source of law, cannot be usurped by the edict of a court, even the United States Supreme Court.

“Marriage is rooted not only in human history, but also in the biological and social reality that children are created by, and do best when raised by, a mother and a father. No court ruling can alter this truth.

“It is folly for the Court to think that it has resolved a controversial issue of public policy. By disenfranchising 50 million Americans, the Court has instead supercharged this issue.

“Just as with Roe v. Wade in 1973, the courts will not have the final say on this profound social matter. The American people will stand up for their right to have a voice and a vote, especially as they experience the ways in which redefining marriage fundamentally impairs their freedom to live and work in accordance with their beliefs.

“With this ruling, the Supreme Court has set our government on a collision course with America’s cherished religious freedoms, explicitly guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution.

“Americans will not stop standing for transcendent truth, nor accept the legitimacy of this decision.  Truth is not decided by polls or the passage of time, but by the One who created time and everything that exists therein.

“We will not lapse into silence but will continue to speak uncompromisingly for the truth about what marriage is, always has been, and always will be: the union of one man and one woman,” concluded Perkins.

Family Research Council’s amicus brief in this case can be found here:

Chief Justice Gives Ominous Warning on Marriage & Faith

Contact: Kenneth Chan, National Religious Broadcasters, 703-331-4520,

MANASSAS, Va., June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — NRB is repulsed by the Supreme Court’s decision today to undermine the institution of marriage by imposing “gay marriage” nationwide. Moreover, taking note of Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissenting opinion, NRB is concerned about the Court’s intentions for the clearly delineated guarantee in the U.S. Constitution that citizens may freely exercise their religion.

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, declared, “This judicial activism is a slap at democratic governance and shows disdain for a holy institution that has been the bedrock of human society for millennia.”

While the Court’s majority ruling, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, does not completely ignore the First Amendment, its wording is alarming. Justice Kennedy emphasizes that people of faith “may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned” and that the Constitution protects them “as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths.”

However, in his dissenting opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts warns that “accommodations” for the faithful are at risk. He cautions, “The majority graciously suggests that religious believers may continue to ‘advocate’ and ‘teach’ their views of marriage…. The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to ‘exercise’ religion. Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses.”

“Christians citizens must be free to believe, free to speak, and free to obey what the Bible says about marriage – in and out of church, seven days a week,” stated Dr. Johnson. “Especially after the Obama Administration’s shocking admission to the Court, which somehow did not dissuade this ruling, we need the First Amendment Defense Act.”

During oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges before the Supreme Court, when asked if a ruling imposing “gay marriage” nationwide could lead to a college potentially losing its tax-exempt status for adhering to its convictions on marriage, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli stated, “…it’s certainly going to be an issue…. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is – it is going to be an issue.”

NRB supports the First Amendment Defense Act (S. 1598, H.R. 2802) and similar state legislation that would bar the government from threatening the tax treatment, grant, contract, license, or certification of individuals or organizations that uphold their religious conviction that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

“Roe did not end the debate on abortion; rather it sparked new energy in the battle to defend the sanctity of human life. This ruling will not be the end for marriage,” Dr. Johnson proclaimed.

About NRB
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The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. NRB 2016 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. For more information, go to

Statement from Jonathan Falwell Regarding Today’s Supreme Court Ruling

Contact: Mike Tilley, Thomas Road Baptist Church, 404-414-9258

LYNCHBURG, Va., June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Statement from Jonathan Falwell Regarding Today’s Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage:

“It is a sad day in our nation when the Supreme Court believes it has the moral right to redefine marriage. Beyond the clear Biblical mandate that marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman, this decision flies in the face of all of recorded history. The Bible clearly commands us to love others regardless of their spiritual or moral condition, but it does not leave room for us to change the definition of sin. For those in the faith community, this decision doesn’t change what we do or how we do it. We will continue to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the only hope for the world. We will do this in a way that always reflects Christ’s love, but we will not compromise our values or beliefs according to the Scriptures.”

Evangelical Church Alliance Statement on Supreme Court Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage

Contact: Dr. Robert H. Turrill, Evangelical Church Alliance, 815-937-0720

BRADLEY, Ill., June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The Evangelical Church Alliance (ECA), one of America’s oldest associations of independent Evangelical ministers, missionaries, and military and institutional chaplains, reaffirms the biblical, natural, and millennial-old nature of the definition of marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman.

The Supreme Court of the United States does not possess the authority, or the expertise, to speak to the nature of Holy Matrimony, which is exclusively within God’s provenance. Jesus explicitly spoke to the divine origin and purpose of marriage when he said, “[A]t the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)

The ECA takes seriously the assurance of Associate Justice Kennedy and the four other justices when they write in today’s opinion, “[I]t must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered.”

Notwithstanding this most recent abrogation of divine and natural law, the ECA encourages its member clergy, churches, and organizations, as well as all Christians everywhere, to remain, “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (I Corinthians 15:58)

At the same time, the ECA is committed to sharing the Gospel with all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation or the configuration of their relationships or families, in keeping with the timeless declaration of Christ in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Finally, marriage will always be a loving gift from God to a man and a woman for the fulfillment of His will for humanity, whether or not it is recognized as such by the judicial branch of the United States Federal Government.

WATCH: Angry neighbors call out gay-hating Pastor Manning for absurd slogans outside Harlem church

Neighbors confront Pastor James David Manning (WPIX)


 | Raw Story | June 10, 2015

Angry neighbors confronted a flamboyantly anti-LGBT pastor over the hateful messages he posts outside his Harlem church.

Pastor James David Manning, an occasional Fox News guest and vehement critic of President Barack Obama, lashed out after neighbors called him out for his anti-gay slogans, reported WPIX-TV.

“I ended up walking across the street because it’s so hurtful to hold my wife’s hand and these words every time I pass by,” said Sharifa Ferryman, a lesbian who lives in the neighborhood.

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Arizona pastor prays for God to rip out Caitlyn Jenner’s heart: ‘I hate him with a perfect hatred’

Pastor Steven Anderson (YouTube)



 | Raw Story | June 10, 2015

An Arizona pastor said he prayed for God to rip out the heart of Caitlyn Jenner and cast her soul into the fiery depths of Hell.

Pastor Steven Anderson, who predicted an “AIDS-free Christmas” if all LGBT people were put to death, explained to his congregation at Faithful Word Baptist Church that it was not wrong to pray for the deaths of your enemies – like he had done for President Barack Obama.

Anderson preached Sunday that he had seen Jenner’s “filthy sodomite picture” everywhere after the Olympic athlete and reality TV star completed gender transition.

“I’d never even heard of him until this week,” Anderson said. “Bruce Jenner has basically mutilated his body, apparently, and he’s being praised by our president. Our President Obama is praising him, or praising her – we don’t even know what it is. I think that (Obama) used the female pronoun about somebody named Bruce.”

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