Estimated Crowd of 700 – 1000 Protestors Gather To Protest Death To Gays Pastor In Sacramento, CA – Video

Verity Baptist Church Protest

 

A crowd estimated at between 700 and 1000 people gathered today chanting “love conquers hate” outside a Northern California strip mall church where last week a pastor said during his sermon he was upset more people weren’t killed in the attack on an Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead.

Holding  rainbow flags and signs that read “We are Orlando” and “Pride Over Prejudice” the protestors, gay. lesbian. trans. bi, and straight defiantly stood outside the Verity Baptist church in Sacramento decrying last week’s sermon by its “pastor” Roger Jimenez.

Hours after the attack at the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Jimenez told his small congregations he wished more people had been killed during the attack, calling the victims “sodomites” and “pedophiles.” The sermon was filmed and uploaded to YouTube.

“There’s no tragedy,” Jimenez said in his hate sermon. “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. Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today? Um – no – I think that’s great! I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida, is a little safer tonight.”

Following his service, Jimenez defiantly address the press.

“We had a record-breaking attendance here this morning,” the pastor told reporters outside his church. “Normally we have about 200 people…today we had 281.

“And I just wanted to thank the media for all the free publicity.”

Sacramento local LGBT activist Dan Estabrook live streamed the protest using Facebook live.

 

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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1 Response

  1. John says:

    “The works of His hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure.”
    – Psalm 111:7
    This verse is directly from the church’s web sight. Thou shall not kill…… How does this pastor justify such hate speech as a representation of Gods path to heaven? It does not represent the God I love.

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