June 15, 2016, Update: YouTube has been removing the video of Pastor Jimenez’s sermon as a violation of its policy on hate speech. As of now, this is the only link I have to the whole sermon that seems to be working. If you know of others, please let me know so I can post them here.
Among the stated beliefs of his church posted on its web site is the following: “We believe that sodomy (homosexuality) is a sin and an abomination before God which God punishes with the death penalty. No sodomite (homosexual) will be allowed to attend or join Verity Baptist Church.”
To use one of his own favorite words, this guy is an abomination who’s spreading hate, not the word of any kind of loving God most people claim to believe in.
June 14, 2016 Original Posting
Still believe Islam is the problem, Christianity the solution? Still believe love conquers all? Let me introduce you to Pastor Roger Jimenez of the Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California.
Standing in his pulpit Sunday night, Pastor Jimenez told his congregation Christians “shouldn’t be mourning the death of 50 sodomites.”
Here’s more of what he had to say.
People say, like: “Well, aren’t you sad that 50 sodomites died?”
Here’s the problem with that. It’s like the equivalent of asking me – what if you asked me: “Hey, are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?”
Um, no, I think that’s great. I think that helps society. You know, I think Orlando, Florida, is a little safer tonight.
And there’s more, of course. Pastor Jimenez had a public policy recommendation as well.
“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.”
The video of his sermon has since been deleted from the church’s YouTube account, but you can read more about Pastor Jimenez here.
Okay, Kit, you say; it’s just one asshole. Most Christians don’t believe that. Maybe so, but what about Muslims? Are all Muslims our enemies?
In the end, homophobia rears its head in ways large and small. Not all Christians or Muslims approve of what happened in Orlando, but many still insist we are sinners and those are the kinds of beliefs that help fuel the hatred that took place in Orlando and that too many politicians listen to.
President Obama got it right in his initial statement on Sunday.
“Although it’s still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate. And as Americans, we are united in grief, in outrage, and in resolve to defend our people.”
But not apparently resolved enough for many politicians to call what happened an act of hate. The Governor of Florida didn’t. Neither did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or House Speaker Paul Ryan or too many other Republicans to bother mentioning here.
An inadvertent omission perhaps? I don’t think so.
To their credit, some Republican politicians did speak to that aspect of the massacre, including Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois. But they were in the minority within the GOP.
Not that the Democrats were a lot better. Their words may have been right, but it was hard to avoid the feeling that they see political opportunity more than a chance to actually get anything accomplished to prevent something like this from ever happening again.
Of course, they’re probably right about that. Politicians do what they always do. They talk. Then they do nothing and wait for the outrage to blow over; and collect money for their next campaign off of their fine sounding words, of course.
Donald Trump? What can you say about an asshole like Donald Trump and his hate-filled agenda that hasn’t already been said? That he’s out to prove America is indeed an exceptional country, one filled with tens of millions of exceptionally stupid people willing to vote for a con man who should be in jail, not anywhere close to the White House?
If this lament is too much, here’s another take worth considering. You go, Samantha! Like the politicians, you know what needs to be done and aren’t afraid to say it.
But enough. It’s time to head off to another meeting, another rally; another effort to convince ourselves you can actually make a difference in this country if you work hard enough.
Even if you don’t believe it.