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Sacramento preacher celebrates Orlando shootings, urges more deaths

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Sacramento Baptist preacher Roger Jimenez took to the pulpit hours after a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida that left 50 dead and dozens injured. But instead of words of comfort, Jimenez offered up praise for the killer and urged more killings of LGBT people.

“Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?” the pastor of Verity Baptist Church said in the sermon. “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,” he said. “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.”

Local activist Sandrea Nelson, Pride director of the Davis-Phoenix coalition, gave a profound statement to the Sacramento Bee when asked about Jimenez’ comments from the pulpit.

“He’s not a man of God. He is not teaching religion,” he said.

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson also condemned Jimenez’ statements in a post on Twitter.

Video of Jimenez’s “sermon” was quickly taken down by YouTube for violating the site’s hate speech policy. 

Source: LGBTQ Nation, Bil Browning, June 14, 2016

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