Again, hate is alive and well in America. A Sacramento Baptist preacher’s horrific sermon praising the attack on an Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead has the LGBTQ community outraged. His remarks were delivered on Sunday morning, just hours after the attack. Pastor Roger Jimenez sermon of hate surfaced on the Verity Baptist Church‘s YouTube, which has since been removed,
“Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today? Um — no — I think that’s great! I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight.
We don’t need to do anything to help. As far as I’m concerned, Orlando is a little bit safer tonight.“
Sandrea Nelson, the Pride director of the Davis-Phoenix coalition, was left in shock after hearing Jimenez’s sermon. He says in all his years growing up Baptist and attending church, no pastor ever spoke of inequality.
“He’s not a man of God. He is not a man teaching a true religion.“
Jimenez’s sermon went on to call for more death,
“If we lived in a righteous government, they should round them all up and put them up against a firing wall, and blow their brains out.“
Nelson says it’s hateful and violent statements like these that keep many in the LGBTQ community shut out.
“Statements like this can cause more harm to our youth and people in the closet; it causes them to feel worthless. Bottom line is to love thy brother as you love thyself.“
Can a get an Amen to that?
(via CBS News)