Rev. Rick Scarborough: Schoolchildren Singing for Obama Raises Specter of Dictatorship

September 29, 2009 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

At the How to Take Back America conference this past weekend in St. Louis, I heard Rev. Rick Scarborough, a conservative pastor and author who endorsed Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign, express outrage at a video of New Jersey schoolchildren singing a song praising President Obama. After his speech, I asked him what had disturbed him about the video.

“Whether he is spawning these things or people are spawning them, it’s a kind of human worship which I believe is dangerous,” said Scarborough. “You go back through history, every dictatorship — when we conquered Iraq, what’d we do? We tore down statues all over the place of Saddam Hussein. These dictators are all, in the absence of worshiping the true God, they almost insert themselves as if they were God. You turn to me and I’ll be all you need.”

Scarborough also suggested that Obama was using his middle name “Hussein” more often now to “reach out to Muslims worldwide.”

“I think it’s a dangerous trend,” he said.

Watch the video after the jump.