As the whole world joins the US to morn the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, a US pastor in Northern California came forward to thank the terrorist for what he called a job well done and regretted why more people didn’ t die.
The preacher whose name is Pastor Roger Jimenez from Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento mounted his pulpit praising the praising the brutal massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida and ordering his congregation not to join in mourning those who were killed at the club.
“Today, people say like, well aren’t you sad that 50 sodomites died?” the US pastor told his congregation during his sermon delivered on Sunday, just hours after the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Florida.”
“Um, no, I think that’s great. I think that helps society. You know, I think Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight.”
“There’s no tragedy,” Jimenez said. “I wish the government would round them all up, put them up against a firing wall, put a firing squad in front of them, and blow their brains out.”
In his ardent sermon to his congregation, the US pastor Jimenez referred to the victims of the deadly shootout as sodomites and regretted why more of the people didn’ t die.
“The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is — I’m kind of upset that he didn’t finish the job!” he said.
His comments, which were posted on the church’s YouTube channel before being taken down, were denounced by members of the LGBT community as well as local officials.
“The hateful comments made by a preacher in Sacramento do no reflect Christian values and have no place in our society,” Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said in a tweet.
The Rev. Donald Lee at First United Baptist Church in Sacramento called Jimenez’s message “heresy.”
“It leaves me speechless that any Christian pastor would say such a thing,” Lee said. “I don’t care what side of the fence you’re on, that’s wrong. All people of faith, Christians, Muslims, Jews, we’re people of peace. We don’t condone violence in any way, and to claim it against a particular group of people – whether they’re gay or Puerto Rican or Mexican or white – is so against our principles. That’s an inflammatory, horrendous remark.”
Similarly, Dave Garcia who is the director of policy at the LGBT center in Los Angeles said he was not surprised by the comments, which he noted were a sad and familiar refrain for the LGBT community.
“While these individuals have not shot or killed members of the community, they are loading the guns with hateful bullets,” Garcia said.
Meanwhile, when a reporter from Sacramento Bee approached Jimenez at his home in South Natomas for clarification, he explained that the point of his sermon was centered on how much God hated Homosexuality.
“The point of the sermon is that the Bible teaches us that homosexuality, God put a death penalty on it,” said Jimenez, who, according to his church website, was born in Venezuela but raised in the U.S. Jimenez quoted Leviticus 20:13 as the basis for his feelings.
Explaining further the penalty for homosexuality, the pastor said putting to death the perpetrator of such acts were according to his interpretation of Leviticus 20:13 is lawful and “the blood will be on their own heads.”
The US pastor concluded by saying that when those who deserve to die eventually meet with their death, people should rejoice instead of mourning.