Another anti-LGBT Christian pastor, this time Donnie Romero from Fort Worth, Texas, has come out in support of the actions of the Orlando terrorist attack shooter. Romero, a pastor from the Texas Stedfast Baptist Church, has drawn on the tragedy in Orlando to buttress a hate-filled, so-called “Christian” sermon. In his rant, Texas pastor Donnie Romero said that the agreed 100 percent with the actions of the Orlando shooter. He said that the 49 victims of last week’s terrorist attack on the LGBT community were “the scum of the earth.”
The Texas pastor even went one step further in his hate-filled sermon, addressing the 50-or-so victims of the terror attack that survived and are still recovering from the injuries they sustained in the shooting.
According to Texas pastor Donnie Romero, he hopes God will “finish the job” that the Orlando shooter started, saying that he prayed for just such a thing the morning of his sermon, and he would pray again that night for the deaths of the survivors.
Pastor Romero gave the shocking sermon last Thursday, and then he posted his rant on YouTube.
According to the Dallas News, the Texas pastor’s words came in defense of another church leader from Sacramento, California. That preacher, pastor Roger Jimenez of Verity Baptist Church, became the subject of public disdain after he published a sermon to social media in which he praised the Orlando shooter and said that the “tragedy” in the Orlando terrorist attack was that there hadn’t been more victims.
According to Texas pastor Donnie Romero, he agrees “100 percent” with his Sacramento brother in Christ.
“These 50 sodomites are all perverts and pedophiles, and they’re the scum of the earth. And the earth is a little bit better place now.”
The Pulse nightclub terror attack, which took place on June 11, is now labeled the “deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.” Pulse is a well-known gay nightclub in Orlando, and on the night of the horrific terrorist attack, the club was celebrating its “Latin Night.”
Sacramento pastor Roger Jimenez made his heartless and controversial comments just hours after the attack, when the United States and the world were still reeling from the news that the tragedy had taken place at all.
“People say, ‘Well, aren’t you sad that 50 sodomites died?’ Here’s the problem with that; it’s like the equivalent of asking me, ‘Well, aren’t you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?”
On Sunday, over 1,000 protesters stood outside of the California pastor’s Sacramento church to chant “shame on you.” The protesters also held signs proclaiming “love conquers all.”
According to reports, Texas pastor Donnie Romero considers pastor Jimenez “a friend.”
Since news of Texas pastor Donnie Romero’s words went viral, helped largely by his own YouTube posting of the hate-filled sermon, the public has called him out for what they are calling a “message of hate” against the LGBT community.
Bizarrely enough, the Texas pastor blatantly acknowledged that his sermon was full of hate when he was confronted by a local news station. However, despite calling himself a Christian, Texas pastor Donnie Romero defended his admittedly “hate filled” position.
“Just like if there was a building that had a bunch of rapists or a bunch of evil, murderous people, and the building collapsed on them, or something happened where they were all killed, I don’t think that’s something we should mourn over, because they’re evil people.”
In the wake of the Orlando shooting attacks, messages of hate and threats against the LGBT community have spiked. Hate-filled rhetoric, like that spouted by the Texas pastor, don’t seem to be helping in situation.
On Sunday, a congregation (made largely of members of the LGBT community) had to be evacuated after a suspicious package was found. That package was ultimately determined not to be a threat, but the group of predominantly LGBT Christians continued their service outside, just to be safe.
Ironically, their Texas pastor gave a sermon about love and “Jesus’ teachings of fearlessness” in the wake of the horrific Orlando terror attack.
It was a sharp contrast to the hate that Texas pastor Donnie Romero preached on Thursday.
“We will gather, we will worship, we will continue to preach that message that love wins.”
“Love wins” has become a motto of the LGBT community in the wake of last summer’s Supreme Court gay marriage ruling and in the aftermath of the unfathomable Orlando terror attack.
Following the Orlando shooting, as a wave of hate swept across the Internet, many social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, have worked diligently to remove hate speech from their platforms. Sacramento pastor Roger Jimenez’s hate-filled sermons have been repeatedly removed from YouTube.
What do you think? Should social media do more to censor hate speech in the wake of the Orlando shooting? Should people like Texas pastor Donnie Romero be investigated for inciting hate with their words?
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