Back in June, Pastor Roger Jimenez of the Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California gave a sermon following the tragic mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. He was downright giddy about it.
Not only did Jimenez say he didn’t feel bad for the “50 pedophiles” who died in the shooting, he lamented the fact that so many people were merely injured and that the killer didn’t “finish the job.”
At the 13:30 mark, Jimenez said the following:
People say, like, you know, “Aren’t you sad that 50 sodomites died?” Here’s the problem with that. It’s like the equivalent of asking me, you know, what if you asked me, “Hey, are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?” Um, no, I think that’s great! I think that helps society! You know, I think Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight!…
The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die… I’m kind of upset that he didn’t finish the job! Because these people are predators! They are abusers! They take advantage of people! And look, as Christians, we need to take the stand that it is not our job to sit there and say, “Oh, this is a tragedy” or “Oh, this is something we mourn.” Look, the Bible paints the picture that these are wicked people. These are evil people.
Jimenez also offered his own suggestion for how gay people should be killed (29:15):
… People sometimes will hear, you know, someone like me… other pastors like me, and say, “You guys are advocating violence!” We’re not advocating violence! We’re not saying we should go do this! But we’re just saying this: If we lived in a righteous nation with a righteous government, then the government should be taking them… 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.
If we lived in a righteous government that loved God, and loved children, and wanted to protect them, that’s what we’d do.
At a recent event called the “Red Hot Preaching Conference,” Pastor Steven Anderson, the king of the Independent Fundamental Baptist bigots, lashed out at the media for quoting Jimenez verbatim.
… You know what? You can’t even make us look — take me out of context all you want! Because, you know what? The stuff I say from the Bible is so true, even out of context, it still — I still like it! I still like it!
I mean, even the TV pieces where they attack me… look, I’m watching all your guys’ coverage of Pastor Jimenez. I got popcorn, and I’m thinking, “Man! He looks good on there! YEAH! Tell ’em!” I like all of it! I like it all!
And you know what? But these people in the media, they’re so deluded, they think, “Oh man, when we put this on TV, man, everyone is gonna hate Pastor Jimenez.” You know what they don’t realize, Brother Jimenez? Is that half the people in Sacramento are sitting at home, and they’re seeing you on TV, and they’re saying, “Hey! There’s a guy with some guts! There’s a guy who’s finally telling it like it is! There’s a guy that actually believes the Bible!”…
I promise you virtually no one is thinking that.
They’re seeing Jimenez talk trash about 49 innocent victims, all in the name of Jesus.
They’re seeing him wish for the deaths of even more LGBT people, all in the name of God.
They’re seeing him declare that the government should execute gay people, all in the name of Christianity.
Sometimes, bad publicity really is just bad publicity.
Anderson, who said similar things but received a fraction of the attention, is just jealous his bigotry wasn’t condemned as widely.
(Portions of this article were published earlier)