Pastor Roger Jimenez of the Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California has spoken favorably about the shooting massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, praising the deaths of the 50 victims as a mass removal of sodomites from society.
“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,” Jimenez said.
Pastor Jimenez’s opinion went viral after a 45 minute video sermon was posted to the church’s YouTube channel:
Jimenez added, “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is I’m kind of upset he didn’t finish the job – because these people are predators. They are abusers.” Jimenez also said, “I wish the government would round them all up, put them up against a firing wall, put the firing squad in front of them and blow their brains out.”
Pastor Roger Jimenez came to the United States from Venezuela at a young age, according to his biography page on the church’s website.
The pastor has since defended his statements, and offered clarification:
“I’m not calling people to arms. And I’m not telling people they should go do this… What I’m saying is that if the government followed the laws of God, that’s what they would be doing. And if the government did that, I’d be fine with that.”
Verity Baptist Church states on their “What We Believe” page that homosexuality is a sin and an “abomination before God which God punishes with the death penalty.”
The church also states that they have Jesus Christ and The Bible as the head of their church.