Sodom Was 'The First Queer Mass Murder' Says Stedfast Baptist Church's Donnie Romero
In an apparent effort to out-hate his rabidly anti-LGBT counterparts, one Baptist pastor in Texas says he's not only glad that 49 people were killed at a gay Orlando nightclub last week, but also prays that survivors of the terror attack will soon die.
Pastor Donnie Romero of Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, who is a disciple of "death to gays" Pastor Steven Anderson of Arizona, made the remarks in a sermon last week that was posted to the congregation's YouTube page on Thursday.
Romero told his congregation he agrees "100 percent" with Sacramento Pastor Roger Jimenez, who said in the wake of the attack that the government should round up gay people and use a firing squad to "blow their brains out." (Over 1,000 people gathered outside Jimenez's Verity Baptist Church on Sunday to protest his remarks.)
"These 50 sodomites are all perverts and pedophiles, and they are the scum of the earth, and the earth is a little bit better place now," Romero said in his sermon. "And I’ll take it a step further, because I heard on the news today, that there are still several dozen of these queers in ICU and intensive care. And I will pray to God like I did this morning, I will do it tonight, I’ll pray that God will finish the job that that man started, and he will end their life, and by tomorrow morning they will all be burning in hell, just like the rest of them, so that they don’t get any more opportunity to go out and hurt little children."
Later in his sermon, Romero called the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah "the first queer mass murder." He also criticized Christian megachurch pastors for being too soft on homosexuality, adding that he expects to eventually be arrested for his anti-gay hate speech.
Romero, who was ordained by Anderson in 2014, first made headlines in October of that year when he echoed his mentor's call for gays to be put to death. That sermon resulted in Stedfast Baptist Church, which is situated in a strip mall, being named an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. And in an interview with KDFW-TV about his most recent anti-gay remarks, Romero appeared to acknowledge that the designation is well deserved.
"I believe that in retrospect, it is a message of hate," he said.
Asked whether he believes the world is really better off without the Orlando victims, Romero said: "Absolutely I do. The Bible teaches they are predators, and I believe that every Sodomite is a pedophile and is a predator."
"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," he said.
Watch Romero's sermon in its entirety below.
Image: Screenshot via KDFW-TV