Anti-gay pastor gets the boot, church loses lease.
Landlord refuses to renew lease for anti-gay Sacramento pastor that praised Orlando Massacre.
A Sacramento, California church whose pastor celebrated the Orlando massacre will not have its lease renewed next year, its landlord said Tuesday.
Representatives of Harsch Investment Properties, owner of the Northgate Business Park where the church is located, are asking Verity Baptist Church Pastor Roger Jimenez to move his church, saying they cannot tolerate “tenants who advocate hatred and the taking of innocent lives.”
Legally Harsch Investment Properties cannot evict the church under the current terms of their lease. However, according to reports, company representatives are refusing to renew the lease and encouraging the church to move immediately.
The following is an excerpt from a statement issued by Harsch Investment Properties:
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.
We communicated our views to Verity Baptist Church, and while their lease does not expire until 3/31/17, we have asked them to consider moving out of our business park, and we would immediately cancel their lease without any penalty to them.…
… For decades, the owners and staff at Harsch Investment Properties have supported the LGBT community and many other organizations whose missions are to further respect, dignity and the ability for all individuals to live their lives as they wish.
Pastor Jimenez sparked an outcry after delivering a passionate sermon celebrating the brutal massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida earlier this month. Standing in his pulpit the pastor told his congregation that Christians “shouldn’t be mourning the death of 50 sodomites.”
At the time a passionate Pastor Jimenez declared:
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!