Anti-gay Sacramento pastor Roger Jimenez is losing the lease on his church building, following his controversial and hate-filled comments about the victims of last week’s Orlando shooting. Just hours after the horrific and unprecedented terror attack on the LGBT community, which was carried out at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 11, the anti-gay pastor began praising the shooter for killing 49 members of the LGBT community.
The anti-gay pastor’s comments drew immediate backlash (and a disturbing amount of support), with people taking to social media to criticize Roger Jimenez for his hate-filled “sermon” about the victims of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. YouTube was quick to remove his sermon after Jimenez posted it to his social media account, and other social media platforms did their best to censor his incendiary words, too. At least 1,000 people showed up at the anti-gay pastor’s Sunday services to protest his unbelievable words.
Regardless of the public disgust that followed the anti-gay Sacramento pastor’s words, he’s stood by his hate, refusing to back down from the comments he made about the Orlando shooting and the victims.
“The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is — I’m kind of upset that he didn’t finish the job!”
Now, Patheos reports that anti-gay pastor Roger Jimenez of the Verity Baptist Church is beginning to understand what it can mean to “reap what you sow.” According to their report, the landlord of the anti-gay pastor is completely unimpressed with his hate-filled rhetoric. So unimpressed, in fact, that they are refusing to renew his church’s lease.
Representatives of Harsch Investment Properties, which owns the Northgate Business Park where the anti-gay pastor preaches his personal flavor of hate, are now asking the church to move. According to the company, they can’t tolerate “tenants who advocate hatred and the taking of innocent lives.”
Anti-gay pastor Roger Jimenez’s landlord made their statement on Tuesday, following over a week of public outcry against the so-called “Christian” pastor. According to the owner of the pastor’s church, they won’t renew his lease when it expires next year, but they can’t force him to leave immediately, per the legal terms of his lease.
However, Harsch Investment Properties is encouraging the anti-gay pastor to pack up and move his church now. They can’t force him to go, but they are definitely doing whatever they can to cut ties with anti-gay pastor Roger Jimenez.
The company published a statement on Tuesday addressing the controversial, hateful words and opinions of the anti-gay pastor.
“We respect the right of every individual’s free speech, even when we disagree with their views. This is certainly the case with our tenant Verity Baptist Church and its Pastor Roger Jimenez.
We have many places of worship and other religious organizations in the properties we manage. Like all our tenants, their occupancy rights are protected in their leases, but we will not tolerate tenants who advocate hatred and the taking of innocent lives.”
The statement released by the company that owns the building where the anti-gay Sacramento pastor spreads his hate goes on to say that the property owners can’t legally force the church to leave right away, but that they have asked Roger Jimenez to take his church and his sermons elsewhere. They have offered to immediately cancel the remainder of the church’s lease and not penalize the anti-gay religious organization for cancelling their lease early.
The Verity Baptist Church’s lease at the business park reportedly doesn’t expire until March 31, 2017.
According to the owners of the anti-gay pastor’s church property, the company has spent “decades” supporting the LGBT community, and LGBT rights in general; they simply don’t want to be associated with the beliefs of anti-gay pastor Jimenez and his hate speech.
Anti-gay “Christian” pastor Roger Jimenez’s celebration of the deaths 49 human beings isn’t considered Christ-like by most; however, Jimenez has used the platform of the Orlando terror attacks to tell his congregation that “Christians shouldn’t be mourning the deaths of 50 sodomites.”
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