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Homophobic pastor who praised Orlando massacre rides wave of fame to host ‘conference’

Homophobic pastor who praised Orlando massacre rides wave of fame to host ‘conference’

Roger Jimenez is a controversial pastor from Sacramento, California

Roger Jimenez, the pastor who electrified responses to the Orlando tragedy in June, will be hosting a conference with other homophobic and controversial religious leaders.

The ‘Red Hot Preaching Conference’ will feature a series of sermons over the course of four days in Sacramento, California from Baptist preachers, with Jimenez closing on the last day.

One attendee notes: ‘How epic! Less than 100 miles from the sodomite capital of the world, San Francisco.’

‘It will be red hot, I will tell you that,’ Jimenez told the Sacramento Bee, pointing out the sermons will focus on sin and punishment.

‘It will be controversial. I’m going to preach the Bible,’ Jimenez said. He has said he doesn’t know that will speak on yet.

Besides Jimenez, the conference will feature other controversial speakers: like Steven Anderson, whose Arizona church has been branded a ‘hate group’.

In 2009 Anderson drew attention for claiming he prayed that President Barack Obama would die and ‘go to hell’. They also believe gay people should be put to death.

Jimenez drew notoriety and criticism in June when he praised Omar Mateen, the perpetrator of the Orlando massacre, who killed 49 people in a gay club in the state of Florida.

Besides praising the killings, he called for more.

‘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,’ he said.

When asked ‘Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?’ Jimenez replied: ‘Um no. I think that’s great. I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida, is a little safer tonight.’

He 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.’

The mayor of Sacramento made a special point that this pastor’s opinions and conference do not reflect the feelings of the state capital.

Mayor Kevin Johnson said in a statement: ‘I join other faith leaders, officials and community members to clearly say: Sacramento does not have a welcome mat for hate.’

‘It is unjustifiable for a christian Minster to condemn people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity,’ Reverend Jide Macaulay, founder & CEO House of Rainbow in London, told Gay Star News. ‘In the face of outright evil and terror, the only expectation of a faith leader is to stand in solidarity with the affected communities, in this case the gay community in Orlando.

‘Homosexuality is not a sin and the bible and other sacred text has been used blindly, routinely and systematically to vilify lesbians, gays, bisexuals and other marginalised sexual minorities, in my opinion this is wrong.’