For months I have read dialog here on Yabberz decrying the violence inherent in the Islamic tradition, claiming that Christians do not share the same malevolence.
For about the thousandth time or so, we have representatives who are clergy of the Christian Faith prove these witnesses incorrect. Though in their defense, these members of the pulpit whould not merit qualification as Christian in the eyes of perhaps 99.9% of the religion's practitioners.
Roger Jimenez, the Sacramento preacher whose proclomation that is was a "tragedy that more of them didn't die" has provided him significantly more than the 15 minutes of fame it might have (and its a good thing, for that kind of infamy whould never be forgotten) is hardly alone in his joy and concern for the failure of the shooter to "finish the job".
Sermons posted online since the attack have been interspersed with dehumanizing labels for L.G.B.T. people reminiscent of those used by the perpetrators of historical genocides. The Orlando victims were “sodomites,” “reprobates,” “perverts” and “scum of the earth,” preachers have said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said it was alarmed by the comments of extremist pastors after the mass shooting in Orlando. Heidi Beirich, the center’s director of intelligence, warned that they should not be dismissed as empty rhetoric.
Independent Baptist clergy in five churches in California, Texas, Arizona and Tennessee have proven to be bastions of hatred and ignorance, where In a sermon at a church in Fort Worth, Pastor Donnie Romero told his congregants that every gay person is a pedophile. He was praying that the injured Orlando victims would not survive, he said, “so that they don’t get any more opportunity to go out and hurt little children.”
“I’ll pray to God that God will finish the job that that man started..."
“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,” Romero
Just spreading the word. And because everything is bigger in Texas, he has company.
G. Craige Lewis of the Adamant Believers Council in Grand Prairie said he believes many of the details from the Orlando shooting are false.
“It reminded me of the Sandy Hook shooting where I believe nobody died,” said Lewis. “If people died, you know, I apologize if you think I’m being insensitive or whatever because I’m not saying no one died, but I definitely know that it is not on the magnitude that they’re putting it as the worst mass killing in history.”
What people should be focusing on, Lewis said, is that clubbing is a sin and those who were at the Orlando nightclub were “giving praise to Satan.”
“I don’t believe it’s right for us to just be a vigilante,” said Steven Anderson, the leader of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., in a video response to the massacre. But, he added, “These people all should have been killed, anyway, but they should have been killed through the proper channels, as in they should have been executed by a righteous government.”
The message that the shooter was misguided, but still doing work that is pleasing to the eye of God brings the worst of the Christian Ultra Right to light.
There have been a number of incidences of churches refusing burial to members of their own congregation when their sexuality comes to light. In Denver and Florida in 2014 were two well documented and publicized incidences. In the Lakewood suburb of Denver, Hundreds of Vanessa Collier’s friends and family gathered Saturday at New Hope Ministries, sitting before an open casket that held the woman they loved, when suddenly the minister overseeing her funeral stopped the service.
Rev TW Jenkins, Pastor of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida refused to inter a popular member of his congregation, for to do so would be blasphemous.
There have been other instances of this ilk, the worst example to my knowledge being back in 1973 when some parishes in New Orleans refused to bury 32 people were killed when the Gay Nightclub they were in was torched.
The circumstances have become so challenging that on Sunday Pope Francis said the Catholic Church should apologize to members of the LGBTQ communities for not being respectful or accepting.
Now I do not remember anything, anywhere in my religious studies that prevented the Rites of Burial from being performed due to the sexual orientation of the deceased, nor the exhoration that we should help put them in the grave as soon as possible.