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Hundreds of protestors gather outside Sacramento’s Verity Baptist Church

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.”

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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