While right-wing politicians like to devote their attention to denigrating the Muslim community after terror attacks, it is some conservative Christians who deserve our real outrage.
According to a New York Times report out on Monday, extreme Christian pastors across the country have been disgustingly celebrating the deaths of 49 Americans who were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month.
“The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die,” Sacramento preacher Roger Jimenez told his congregants on the very day of the assault, the Times reported. “The tragedy is — I’m kind of upset that he didn’t finish the job! Because these people are predators! They are abusers!”
Pastor Donnie Romero from a church in Fort Worth also told his audience that gay people are pedophiles and prayed that those injured in the Orlando attack wouldn’t survive “so that they don’t get any more opportunity to go out and hurt little children.”
Romero added that he would “pray to God that God will finish the job that [Omar Mateen] started.”
“These people all should have been killed,” said another religious leader, Steven Anderson, who heads the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona. “But they should have been killed through the proper channels, as in they should have been executed by a righteous government.”
There is a proper channel when it comes to murdering innocent Americans?
While Muslim leaders in the United States regularly condemn these attacks immediately after they take place, it is right-wing Christian conservatives who are publicly praising them. Where is the right-wing outrage?
There is none.
Perhaps Republican politicians – see Donald Trump – who like to demonize the Muslim community in the wake of these attacks should channel their outrage to these gentlemen who preach hate, even after fellow Americans are gunned down in a nightclub.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.