Caught on camera: Sacramento pastor praises Orlando massacre

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In video recorded just hours after a shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, left 49 victims dead, a pastor in Sacramento, California, apparently praised the gunman's actions. (WLS)

In video recorded just hours after a shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, left 49 victims dead, a pastor in Sacramento, California, apparently praised the gunman's actions.

In his Sunday morning sermon, Roger Jimenez said he thought Orlando was "a little bit safer" after the mass shooting, KOVR reports. A recording of the Baptist preacher's sermon was posted to YouTube.

"As Christians, should we not be mourning the deaths of these 50 vile perverted predators?" Jimenez said in the video. "I wish the government would round them all up and put them up against a firing wall, and blow their brains out!"

Sandrea Nelson is the Pride Director of the Davis-Phoenix Coalition. The group celebrates members of the LGBTQIA community in Davis, Calif. Nelson, who was raised in the Baptist faith, said it's hateful statements like Jimenez's that continue to shut out members of the community.

"He's not a man of God. He is not teaching religion," Nelson said. "This can definitely cause more harm to our LGBT youth and those still living in the closet that are older - it causes our suicide rates to go up. It causes kids to feel like they're worthless."

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson condemned the pastor's words in a tweet Tuesday.



When asked to comment on his inflammatory remarks, Jimenez said he was not available to talk.

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