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Hundreds of protestors gather outside Sacramento’s Verity Baptist Church

Protesters chant outside Sacramento church whose pastor praised mass shooting in Orlando

Hundreds of people lined the parking lot of the office park where Verity Baptist Church holds its services. Participants held signs protesting the sermon last Sunday of Pastor Roger Jimenez, who said he wished the Orlando massacre had killed more
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Hundreds of people lined the parking lot of the office park where Verity Baptist Church holds its services. Participants held signs protesting the sermon last Sunday of Pastor Roger Jimenez, who said he wished the Orlando massacre had killed more

Hundreds of protestors lined the entrance to Sacramento’s Verity Baptist Church Sunday morning, holding signs that denounced Pastor Roger Jimenez for saying he wished the mass shooter in Orlando last weekend had killed more “sodomites.”

“Hate is not a Christian value,” and “Love conquers hate,” read some of the signs held aloft by people standing in the parking lot of the Natomas office park where Verity worshipers were scheduled to gather for their Sunday morning service.

Last Sunday, after news broke of the Orlando mass shooting, the worst in U.S. history, Jimenez told his congregants that he wished the shooter had killed more people in the gay nightclub Pulse. He said God has put a death sentence on gay people.

“There’s no tragedy,” Jimenez said. “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.”

Pastor Roger Jimenez did not back down Tuesday from his sermon praising the massacre of patrons in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Jimenez said God has "put a death sentence" on LGBT people.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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