Thursday, June 23, 2016
A California pastor who celebrated the deaths of 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando is being asked to move his church.
According to ABC affiliate WMAZ, Harsch Investment Properties, which owns the building where Verity Baptist Church is located, has asked pastor Roger Jimenez to move and has said that it will not renew the church's lease.
In the wake of the Orlando shooting, Jimenez praised the gunman for killing “50 pedophiles.” (Early reports were that 50 people died in the shooting.)
“Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?” he rhetorically asked his congregation. “I think Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight. The tragedy is that more of them didn't die. The tragedy is I'm kind of upset he didn't finish the job.”
Harsch Investment Properties said in a press release that it would not tolerate “tenants who advocate hatred and the taking of innocent lives.”
How much ya wanna bet, this Sunday, he'll be preachin' how Christianity is under attack and how they are being persecuted just for being Christians (not of course because they are all hateful, evil twisted bigots)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
An estimated 50,000 people attended a candlelight vigil Sunday to remember the 49 people killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
Dozens of people were also injured in the attack and some remain in critical condition.
Holding signs which read “Love always conquers hate” and “Love Wins,” thousands gathered on the banks of Lake Eola, near downtown Orlando.
“Wow, Orlando,” Mayor Buddy Dyer exclaimed. “You're showing your love, your compassion, your unity.”
NBC affiliate WESH reported that the crowd “went nuts” when a rainbow appeared over Lake Eola during the vigil.
“The spirit of God is moving on Orlando to bind up the brokenhearted,” Dyer told the crowd. “To comfort those who mourn. To proclaim freedom for those shackled in shame.”
Also speaking at the event were Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, former state representative Anthony Suarez, and Rabbi David Kay.
Diana Bolivar, president of the Orlando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, urged everyone to “stick together like family.”
Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for the White House, is expected to announce a religious advisory board this week.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the board, which could include as many as 30 leaders, is likely to include televangelist Paula White, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., Southern Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, Student Leadership University President Jay Stack, and the current and past presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention, Ronnie Floyd and Jack Graham, respectively.
Trump is expected to meet privately with hundreds of religious leaders on Tuesday in New York City.
All of the candidates listed by the Journal oppose LGBT rights. The announcement comes as Trump continues to assert that he's a better friend to the LGBT community than Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival.
Jeffress has warned that gay rights will “pave the way for the future world dictator, the Antichrist,” while Floyd once said that Satan is using the “gay lifestyle” to destroy cultural values. Graham recent said that “the LBGT [sic] promotes a godless agenda” and has previously encouraged officials to ignore the Supreme Court's finding that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.