Tell Pastor the Term ‘Gay’ is Not an Inappropriate Use of Language

 Target: Rick Scarborough, Vision America Pastor

Goal: Condemn pastor for claiming that “gay” is an inappropriate term for “homosexual sodomites”

Vision America Pastor Rick Scarborough delivered a hateful sermon in which he equated homosexuality with pedophilia and stated that the word “gay” is an inappropriate “abuse of language.”

Scarborough mentioned gay individuals in his New Jersey sermon when discussing the signs of a nation that forgets God. “Gays coming out of the closet,” he claims, is one of these signs, before saying, “Gays… forgive me: I’ve been brainwashed. It’s not gays. They’re homosexual sodomites. They’re not gay! That’s an abuse of the language.”

In his sermon, Scarborough continued to say, “It won’t be long until they’re calling pedophiles ‘happy people’… and that’s not a stretch folks… We’ll have marches for happy people. We’ll have legislators referring to happy people as their constituents. Some of the happy people are the most creative people in the industry, you can’t fire the happy people that’s just not fair.”

The term “gay” is not an abuse of language, but attempting to reduce homosexuality to sodomy and sin is. Comparing homosexuality to pedophilia is an abuse of language. Language is a powerful tool in our culture; it has the capacity to catalyze change, shift our perceptions, and affect our character.

Words matter. Language matters. It is inappropriate to allow individuals like Rick Scarborough to project their close-minded, homophobic beliefs without collectively responding against their hate. Sign the petition below to condemn the hateful words and message relayed by Rick Scarborough in his recent sermon.


Dear Rick Scarborough,

In a recent sermon you seemed to understand the power of words, and the power of language. These are two very important things in our culture; they are tools with which change is catalyzed, perceptions are shifted, and characters developed and affected.

This is why I was so disappointed and appalled that you not only equated homosexuality with pedophilia, but also claimed that the term “gay” is a brainwashing technique used to hide the word “sodomy.”

Most crimes of sexual molestation and pedophilia are committed by heterosexual men, and not by individuals who identify as homosexual. The ratio of heterosexual pedophiles to homosexual pedophiles is eleven to one. You are using “sodomite” as a purposfully derogatory, harmful term meant to highlight sex acts, not sexual orientation, of individuals. Gayness is not just about sex, nor is it going away. “They’re not gay!” you said, emphatically to your audience, “That’s an abuse of the language.”

No. The term “gay” is not an abuse of the language; collapsing homosexuality and pedophilia, reducing homosexuality to sodomy, those are abuses of language.


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