Sacramento's Roger Jimenez practices what he calls “red-hot preaching.” The pastor of a small Baptist church in California's capital — one that began in his living room in 2010 and now attracts as many as 200 worshipers at morning services — Jimenez does not hold back in the hour-long sermons he delivers at Verity Baptist Church.
And he did not hold back on Sunday morning, a few hours after the West Coast awoke to the news that 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, Fla. had been shot to death. Jimenez seized the moment to preach some statistics from his pulpit, statistics about “sodomites” — or “homosexuals, as they call it,” he said.
He didn't stop there, eventually calling for the massacre of even more gay people. And you wonder where in American society Omar Mateen got the idea that gay people were to be eradicated? Nope, no, must be Islamist in nature, only.
“Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?” Jimenez asked, according to reports. “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 added.
“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,” he added, according to CBS Sacramento.
YouTube apparently removed the hateful bit, but much of Jimenez's sermon is still online. Here's the whole sermon, if you must.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and others who identify as Christian blasted Jimenez's sermon as hate speech, and some other visitors to Jimenez's church apparently threw debris at the church doors.
Meanwhile, the Bible still contains verses that say in no uncertain terms what is to be done with LGBT people. And Mateen bought his AR-15, recall, legally at a legal gun shop in Florida.
There will be many who will try to blame this massacre on ISIS, but the truth is that all the ammunition needed to carry out such a deed remains readily available in America today — and not just on Sundays.