It has been my experience that people of one ‘minority’ are generally more tolerant of all, but such is not the case with Roger Jimenez of Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California. While most in our nation are mourning the murders of 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando, Florida last weekend, Jimenez had this to say, “I think that’s great. I think that helps society. You know, I think Orlando, Fla., is a little safer tonight. 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!” What a JERK!
I knew this would happen. It was one of the three reactions I predicted as soon as I learned of the tragedy. The first two, a renewed campaign against the Muslim community and a renewed call for gun legislation, came to pass almost immediately, but I was encouraged that I heard only a few minor remarks against the LGBT community, so I thought perhaps there was a shred of humanity left after all. And then this JERK shows up on the radar!
“When people die who deserve to die, it is not a tragedy.”
“If we lived in a righteous nation, with a righteous government, then the government should be taking them. There’s no tragedy. 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.”
“These people are predators. They are abusers. They take advantage of people. And look, as Christians, we need to take these stands that it is not our job to sit there and say, oh, this is a tragedy, or oh, this is something we mourn. Look, the Bible paints the picture that these are wicked people. These are evil people.”
And Jimenez, while clearly in the minority, is not alone. Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona also celebrated the shooting rampage. “The good news is that at least 50 of these pedophiles are not going to be harming children anymore,” Anderson said. “The bad news is that a lot of the homos in the bar are still alive, so they’re going to continue to molest children and recruit people into their filthy homosexual lifestyle. The other bad news is that this is going to now be used as propaganda not only against Muslims, but also against Christians. I’m not sad about it; I’m not going to cry about it,” Anderson said of the massacre, adding that the victims “were going to die of AIDS and syphilis and whatever else; they were going to die early anyway.” Yet another JERK! And how the Sam Heck did he make the leap from gay to pedophile??? There is NO connection!
This is not Anderson’s first episode of public idiocy, which came in 2009 when he told his congregation he hates President Obama and would “pray that he dies and goes to hell,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. A member of the pastor’s congregation then showed up at an Obama appearance armed with an assault rifle and a pistol, according to the SPLC. See, the real danger comes when a bigot is given a public forum, then their followers, lemmings, if you will, take them seriously.
However, Jimenez and Anderson should not be seen to represent all Christians any more than Omar Mateen should be seen to represent all Muslims. I cannot stress this enough. I am not railing against any religion, any ethnicity or any gender identification. I am railing against bigots and against stupidity. Actually, those two terms rather go hand-in-hand … for bigots are narrow-minded and basically stupid in my book.
I am encouraged that many church leaders, politicians, and citizens spoke out against Jimenez and his blather. Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, had this to say about Jimenez, “He is a pastor [only] because he calls himself a pastor. A pastor who is not accountable is a pastor who can actually facilitate an atmosphere of spiritual corruption. A lack of oversight serves as fodder for theologically erroneous teaching. Why do we legitimize every Tom, Dick or Harry like this? … I condemn his entire presentation.” There were more strong statements against Jimenez and his babble, but of course a handful, like televangelist Pat Robertson, just had to get their two-cents in, saying “A Christian’s job is to let Muslims and gay people kill each other.” I am thankful that most Christians do not ascribe to this philosophy, but concerned that this JERK seems to have a huge following!
I am offended by this man, and I would call for his removal from any public venue so that he cannot spew his hate speech beyond the boundaries of those in his family and circle of friends, if he has such a circle. However, I do not consider him representative of all Hispanics, nor of all Christians. I do not advocate for his murder, as he did for the murder of 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando. That is the difference between civilized and uncivilized, between humans and monsters, between thinkers and non-thinkers. Sigh. Think about it.