Adding insult to horrific injury, California Baptist Pastor Roger Jimenez praised the Orlando nightclub shooting in a sermon Sunday morning, just hours after the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. He spewed that they deserved their fate because of their orientation, delivering a sermon that would have been more at home at a supremacist meeting than a church. He unapologetically preached extreme religious views saying things like, “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die.”
Pastor Jimenez received a lot of flak for his insensitive comments, but he has no regrets.
“As far as the Bible is concerned, they crossed a line. The sin they performed is worthy of death,” said the Sacramento pastor, according to CBS. “I realize our society doesn’t take that, but that’s what the Bible says. If someone does something that’s worthy of death, and they end up dying, I’m not going to mourn them.” And we thought this was 2016.
“Absolutely, I think they are safer now because of these deaths, and the reason I think that is because I believe all of these homosexuals are pedophiles,” Hmmm…you’d think priests of all people would want to stay out of the “you’re all pedophiles” game.
Fortunately, Baptists and people from all faiths have come out against this sermon, understanding that hateful views are what got us into this mess in the first place. Overall there has been an outpouring of support from the Florida community.
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