…you guys need to shed the title ‘pastor’. This is the kind of intolerant rhetoric that has given birth to the various Omar’s around the world and other hate filled people walking around looking for innocents to kill.
…how do you rejoice over the death of another and who declared you holy
“The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die,” Pastor Roger Jimenez told his Sacramento church Sunday morning, just hours after 49 people were killed in Orlando. “I’m kind of upset he didn’t finish the job — because these people are predators.”
From the pulpit at Verity Baptist Church, Jimenez claimed all homosexuals are pedophiles as he heartlessly rejoiced in the carnage.
“Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today? Um, no. I think that’s great. I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Fla., is a little safer tonight,” he barked, according to a video of the heartless sermon. “It is unnatural for a man to be attracted to another man.”
In front of a room full of believers, Jimenez repeated his condemnation of homosexuality — and called for the executions of all gay people.
“I wish the government would round them all up, put them up against a firing wall, put the firing squad in front of them and blow their brains out,” he scoffed.
Despite his repeated insistence that gay people should be killed, the pastor swore he wasn’t advocating violence. He encouraged his followers to celebrate — but not cause — harm to the community.
“You don’t mourn the death of them. They deserve what they got. You reap what you sow. But we don’t advocate it either. We’re not calling people to arms — and if somebody goes out and says I’m going to go kill sodomites — you don’t listen to those people. That’s not what we’re saying.”
“The hateful comments made by a preacher in Sacramento do not reflect Christian values and have no place in our society,” Johnson tweeted. “#standwithorlando.”
In contrast to Jimenez, national Baptist leaders have offered their support and compassion for the victims. The Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in St. Louis opened Tuesday morning with a prayer for all of those killed or suffering in Orlando.
“There are numerous instances in which we’ve spoken openly against that kind of rhetoric,”
Virginia Holmstrom, the executive director of American Baptist Women’s Ministries, called for the faithful “to disarm the perpetual cycles of violence with the light and love of Christ” in a statement Monday.
“I grieve for mothers and fathers and families and friends of those loved ones who were killed and injured in Orlando by a gunman armed with hatred,” Holmstrom said. “I grieve at the easy access of assault weapons in our nation. I grieve at judgmental conclusions that will yield to Islamophobia and homophobia. This day tests the faith of God’s people.”
Jimenez’s crass sermon came just hours after gunman Omar Mateen stormed Orlando’s packed Pulse nightclub early Sunday.