Baptist pastor on Orlando attack: “Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?”

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.  -- A few short hours after 49 people were gunned down at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, Pastor Roger Jimenez delivered his sermon from his Sacramento pulpit.

"Hey, are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today? No ... I think that's great. I think that helps society.  I think Orlando, Florida's a little safer tonight," he said to the crowd of believers in front of him.

A link on his church's Facebook page, Verity Baptist Church,  directed viewers to the sermon on YouTube.

"It is unnatural for a man to be attracted to another man," he said as he preached for more than an hour.

"The tragedy is that more of them didn't die," he said.

For members of Sacramento's LGBTQ community, religious freedom is sacred, but leaders feel a vile line has been crossed.

"We as the gay community support you should be able to worship as you see fit, but it's when you use the pulpit to incite violence or demean or discredit another class of people, just utter disgust," said Donald Bentz, executive director of Sacramento's LGBTQ Community Center.

FOX40 reached out to Jimenez at his church, by phone and at his home Monday to no avail.

A congregant who lives just a few doors down from him said she fully supported her pastor, but wouldn't comment on camera about his message.

Throughout the sermon, Pastor Jimenez cited passages in the Bible from Judges 19:22, Genesis 4:1 and Romans 1:27 to back up his points.

Bentz countered that with a critique of the translation process.

"Most of those texts were originally written into Hebrew, translated into Greek, translated into Latin, translated into old English, new English and then back to English and every author that did the translations subjected them to the social mores of their time," he said.

And while Pastor Jimenez has told the faithful of his flock that Orlando is now safer without what he calls the 50 predators eliminated by a terrorist's gun, others believe the danger level in Sacramento has now increased.

"To know that this man's church is within driving distance of my home and where I work and where I'm walking at night, and his congregation members are out on the street, it's very scary," said Bentz.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson took to Twitter to express his feelings:

9 comments

  • michael

    I too find homosexuality morally wrong due to my own beliefs HOWEVER God and Jesus has taught us to love anyone and everyone regardless of their gender, orientation, religion etc. What this guy is saying amounts to the same as domestic terrorism. It is the same as what ISIS is doing and condoning. His words also are way off base. Not everyone that was there is gay, homosexuality is NOT like pedophilia. What if the homosexual community took the same views as this pastor and decided to bomb his Baptist church? Now is the time to bond together

    • head hunter

      what does this have to do with trump?if you think hillary is the answer go back and listen to past and present comments from her

      • Bean

        Nope, that twitter account was not actually the Phoenix LGBT twitter account, so you are WRONG:
        ‘Hundreds of people replied to the tweet, many of them arguing about politics. One of the most-liked replies, with more than 600 likes, is from the account @Women4Trump which tweeted “happy to have you on the #TrumpTrain.”

        Program manager Dani Logan of Phoenix Pride said the group has received emails and numerous comments on Facebook about the tweet.

        Phoenix Pride, which hosts the annual Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade and runs the Phoenix Pride LGBT Center, is not associated with the account or the tweet, Logan said. Its official twitter handles are @PHXPrideLGBTctr and @PhoenixPrideAZ.

        “The account was just created yesterday, it has five tweets and the followers are all Trump supporters,” Logan said. “It’s very easy to see that it’s a troll account.”

        “It’s done exactly what troll accounts do: It’s caused confusion.”

        Logan said Phoenix Pride is not endorsing Trump.’
        Here’s the link:
        http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2016/06/13/fake-lgbt-phoenix-trump-tweet/85834754/

  • Kurt

    It’s interesting that in the New Testament, the sins that made Jesus’ blood absolutely boil had nothing to do with sexuality. As a matter of fact, homo or heterosexuality didn’t even make his top 10. However, arrogance and self righteousness did. That was his number one. Those were the sins that caused Jesus to absolutely flip out. Yet this unChristian and his equally ignorant followers who were laughing at them seemed to bypass this little nugget of information.

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