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The Rainbow Flag Conquered America Right Under the Noses of the Sleeping Churches

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By Rob Pue –

August 20, 2023

On June 17th, Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin was packed with people. It was the usual crowd shopping at the Farmer’s Market, but those shoppers were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of people who came to watch — or participate in — the annual “Naked Bike Ride.”

You heard me right, and this was the 13th Annual Naked Bike Ride around the Capitol Square. Most of the bike riders were completely nude, though many were decorated with body paint, and of course, the “Rainbow Flag” was prominent as well. I’ve always just shaken my head at this annual event, assuming it was just another perversion that could only happen in the reprobate city of Madison, home of the “Freedom From Religion Foundation.”

But this year, I learned that this event is world-wide and has been going on since 2001…but only came to Wisconsin 13 years ago. The first Naked Bike Ride took place in Spain that year. By 2004, there were Naked Bike Rides in 28 cities in ten countries. Just six years later, the event boasted 74 cities in 17 countries. Today, there are Naked Bike Rides in every US state. It turns out that Madison, Wisconsin is “small potatoes” compared to some of the others. Madison only had 150 or so riding their bikes naked around the state capitol building. In Portland, there were more than 10,000. Their stated purpose for these rides is to “support a positive body image;” (In other words, “pride”) as well as to “lessen our dependence on fossil fuels.” (Gimme a break!)

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Upon graduation, Bill went to work for Humble Oil and Refining Department in the Marketing Sales Engineering Department. During his 38 career, he held various management and executive positions in Exxon USA’s Refining, Marketing, and Human Resources departments. Bill retired from Exxon in 2000 after a special assignment to coordinate the world-wide merger of the labor relations activities of Exxon and Mobil.

In 2000, Bill worked for a year during the start-up of Vision America, and then served as a member of the Board of Directors for Vision America until 2016. Bill and his wife built aretirement home in the mountains of Colorado. After 15 years they moved back to Austin to be closer to family. While in Austin, Bill was engaged with Keller Williams in residential real estate. They moved back to the Houston area in April of this year, and has worked with Recover America since.Bill is married to Deborah Gattis, a wonderful wife, mother of their children, grandmother, and worship leader/vocalist. They will celebrate their 40th anniversary this September. They have been richly blessed with 5 children and 12 grandchildren.

Dr. Scarborough is an ordained Minister and served as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas from 1990 to 2002.  During his time there, he encouraged his congregation to live their faith and consider running for public office. Eventually, his church members occupied most of the seats on the city council and local school board.

Three church members later served with distinction in the Texas State Legislature, one of whom is now in the U.S. Congress, and another who served as a District Judge. A former member is currently the Mayor of Pearland, TX.

Since resigning from has First Baptist Church of Pearland in 2002, Dr. Scarborough personally addressed thousands of pastors, encouraging them to active in the civil arena, leading their congregations to vote their values and be salt and light, while never compromising their faith. He has been the focus of two award winning tv documentaries and has been featured on the front page of the Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News and Time Magazine, to name a few. He has frequently appeared on National TV standing up for Conservative Christian Values.

In 2018, Dr. Scarborough founded Recover America, a 501c3, which is a Christian non-profit organization, and in 2021, he founded Recover America Action, a Christian 501C4.

Dr. Scarborough is the author of five books. His latest release America in the Balance … “the American Dream vs. the Woke Nightmare was released in August, 2023. His one-minute commentaries,I’m Rick Scarborough and This is My Take” are currently airing daily on over 300 stations on the Bott Radio Network and the American Family Radio Network.

Dr. Scarborough received a B.A. from Houston Christian University, an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a D. Min. from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary, with additional studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Tommye, have three children, one of whom is in Heaven, four grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.